Our Nutrition Program

Drug addiction takes a toll on the body, not only from the substance itself, but also from secondary effects like sleep deprivation, lack of exercise, and malnutrition. Not eating proper meals and lacking nutrients puts significant stress on the body and can even be the cause of many mental health issues. At The Source, part of treating holistically is placing emphasis on nutritional services and programs. Nutrition is one of the most important aspects of addiction treatment and recovery to help the body rebuild itself.

Prolonged drug and alcohol abuse causes malnutrition in several ways. Like most things during active addiction, time, money, and energy are spent on a person’s drug or alcohol habit instead of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Skipping meals or choosing less nutritious foods is the biggest cause of malnutrition. Also, drugs and alcohol can cause damage to the digestive system, which does not allow foods to be properly absorbed.  There can also be a loss of nutrients through vomiting and diarrhea.  Some drugs, like stimulants, can also speed up the body’s energy use from foods.

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A Balanced Diet In Recovery

Malnutrition can cause many negative effects on the body, most commonly low body weight and low muscle mass. It can also weaken the immune system and cause fatigue, anxiety, depression, dehydration, and vitamin deficiencies. Longer-term effects include tooth decay, hair loss, inconsistent menstrual cycles, and many chronic diseases like osteoporosis, eye disease, and heart disease. Nutrition therapy in recovery is important to help heal the damage caused by addiction and prevent some of these long-term diseases.

A balanced diet is a key to creating a healthy lifestyle in recovery. In order for the body and the brain to function properly, they need a variety of foods and nutrients. Healthy, clean foods will help the body be able to detox itself properly as well as increase energy, improve sleep, stabilize moods, and reduced cravings.

Nutrition Therapy 

Nutrition therapy in addiction recovery is not only about eating the right foods while in treatment, but also about strategies and education for long-term healing. Because the body has not been used to eating properly, it is important to introduce bigger meals and regular mealtimes gradually. It is also vital to implement a meal plan that will not replace drugs with food as a coping mechanism. At The Source, clients are given a variety of different tools to implement and maintain a proper diet for when they return to independent living.

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