Good nutrition and a proper diet are important to one’s overall health. At Recovering Champions, we believe that this is especially true for someone dealing with addiction. We place an emphasis on improving one’s diet and nutritional choices by creating a large outdoor garden which currently grows everything from lettuce to other key ingredients which are incorporated into the daily meals. Our Chef, Tom Pandiscio has 35 years of experience working in high end restaurants throughout New England and teaches culinary arts at Upper Cape Tech. Through Tom’s passion for nutrition, we are able to provide our clients with the proper diet and nutritional education to aide in their recovery process.
How Does Nutrition affect one’s Drug / Alcohol recovery?
A person dealing with addiction is less likely to worry about their nutritional wellbeing. Some drugs cause us to eat too much and others too little. In most cases, the need to ingest more drugs / alcohol outweighs the need to eat a well-balanced meal. Stimulants tend to suppress one’s appetite which can lead to insufficient intake of necessary daily nutrients. Alcohol inhibits the body’s ability to properly digest nutrients and can lead to poor nutrition. Opiates can cause gastrointestinal issues and withdrawal from the drug can result in vomiting or diarrhea depleting one’s health. To help heal both the mind and body, we at Recovering Champions believe that establishing a good nutritional foundation is key to one’s road to recovery.
Proper diet and nutrition help the body recover faster, repair organ tissue and strengthen the immune system. Simply put, a proper diet helps us feel better thus improving both our mental and physical health. Poor diet can lead to both macro and micro-nutritional deficiencies, which can lead to symptoms of depression, anxiety, and low energy, all of which can lead someone to start using drugs or alcohol or trigger a relapse. Proper nutrition provides the body both the physical and mental building blocks that are needed to help one recover from drug / alcohol addiction.
To learn more about the recovery process at Recovering Champions please visit our treatment page.