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The Role of Nutrition in Treatment

Good nutrition plays a vital role for those in treatment for substance abuse because it is part of a healthy lifestyle. Among other benefits, proper nutrition helps with mental clarity, which means that nutrition can help individuals make good choices about the habits they want to develop as part of a healthy lifestyle. Therefore, it is vital to stay on top of your nutrition in order to maintain a healthy mindset that will help you commit to healing and development during your treatment stay and your lifetime of recovery.

Nutrition in Treatment Centers

Most treatment centers include education about nutrition in the treatment plans that they develop for their clients. Proper nutrition promotes healing in both the body and the brain, as well as improved overall physical and mental functioning.

Restoring health is a huge part of treatment, and eating nutritious meals and snacks can support the overall well-being and function of the body’s systems. When you eat meals that provide the nutrients your body needs, the body heals and performs better.

It’s like fuel for cars. If you put the wrong fuel into a vehicle, the car won’t run as well; however, the vehicle runs efficiently when you use the proper fuel. The same goes for treatment and nutrition. The healthier the food you put into your body, the better the body can function. A nutritious, healthy diet can restore mental balance and clarity, providing a solid foundation for the recovery journey.

Nutrition, Trauma, and Substance Abuse

Many individuals who struggle with trauma-related events or substance use disorder (SUD) will typically have elevated stress levels. Traumatic events tend to take a toll on the emotional and nervous systems, thus producing an imbalance of chemicals in the body. In response, the body will not function as well.

If the individual also has unhealthy eating habits, the body’s functioning can become even more impaired. Therefore, most centers that treat SUD, co-occurring mental health issues, and underlying unresolved trauma include education on nutrition as well as providing healthy meals for their clients during treatment.

Good nutrition plays a vital role in treating substance abuse and in a person’s long-term recovery. Proper nutrition is part of a healthy lifestyle and will benefit you long after treatment ends. Accordingly, The Guest House serves nutritious, delicious meals to clients during treatment and includes nutrition education as part of its treatment plans. Proper nutrition will help you heal in mind, body, and spirit. If you struggle with addiction, our 52-acre estate in Central Florida provides a serene environment for your healing. Learn more by calling us at (855) 483-7800.