How Can Diet Affect Your Recovery Journey?

a recovering addict chooses a healthy balanced nutritional meal

Addiction leads to many negative impacts on a person’s physical health. Substance abuse can cause patients to experience nutritional deficiencies. A poor or imbalanced diet can leave a person feeling fatigued and lethargic, weakening their immune system. This can increase your risk of infection or disease. A weakened immune system can make the recovery process even more difficult for people in addiction recovery. A poor diet can also negatively impact a person’s mental health.

During addiction treatment and recovery, practicing healthy habits like focusing on nutrition can benefit a person as they work towards healing. At Northpoint Nebraska, we provide nutritional counseling to help our patients learn and maintain healthy dietary habits that can improve their health during and after recovery.

Diet and Addiction Recovery

When a person is struggling with addiction, they are more likely to neglect their health. Substance abuse can cause a person to consume less food, forget to eat, or choose less nutritious foods. A proper diet and nutrition are often overlooked aspects of addiction recovery. People tend to focus on detox, therapies, or inpatient treatments which are essential aspects of recovery. However, diet and proper nutrition are also beneficial for addiction treatment. A poor diet can contribute to cravings, anxiety, and depression. To safely go through the early stages of recovery like detox, a person must be physically strong enough to endure withdrawal symptoms and physical discomfort. A healthy diet can positively impact addiction recovery.

When patients focus on their diet and addiction recovery, they can correct or improve the negative physical impacts of substance abuse. Maintaining a balanced diet and proper nutrition can boost energy levels and improve your mood, making the recovery process easier.

The benefits of a healthy diet include:

  • Restoring proper functioning of internal systems
  • Repairing damage to organs
  • Rebuilding your immune system
  • Restoring balance in your central nervous system
  • Improving your concentration
  • Lowering the risk of diseases
  • Sleeping better
  • Helping achieve and maintain a healthy weight

The Importance of Diet for Sobriety

The importance of diet for sobriety can not be overstated. A healthy, balanced diet has many positive effects on maintaining sobriety. When you practice good nutrition, it can have a positive impact on your physical and mental health. Eating a healthy diet will likely boost energy levels and improve mood. This can lower the risk of relapse and help make you more accountable and dedicated to maintaining lifelong sobriety.

When a person has a poor diet, they are not giving their body sufficient fuel to function properly. During nutrition counseling, patients learn the importance of diet for sobriety. When patients have an understanding of health and self-care, they will feel more empowered to take control of their well-being. This will set them up for a greater chance of success in maintaining healthy habits and sobriety.

Diet and Addiction Treatment at Northpoint Nebraska

Our inpatient addiction facility provides patients with a safe and comfortable environment to go through recovery. We take a holistic approach to treatment that involves attacking addiction from all angles to treat the whole person. This treatment approach allows patients to heal physically, mentally, and emotionally so they can live healthy, fulfilling, sober lives. Our patients work with our staff to create a customized treatment plan that tailors our programs and services to best fit their needs. At Northpoint Nebraska, we provide proper diet and addiction treatment through our nutrition counseling program.

Some of our other inpatient programs and services include:

  • Drug detox and rehab
  • Alcohol detox and rehab
  • Co-occurring disorder treatment
  • Medical intervention
  • Relapse prevention

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, our team can help you. Contact Northpoint Nebraska at 888.351.3834 to begin your recovery journey today.