Nutritional Therapy to support recovery from addiction
Nutritional changes can support the recovering addict. Helping them to move passed their addiction and into a new life. Scientific research has proven that nutritional strategies can support recovery. Over the years of alcohol or drug use the addict can develop poor eating habits, in alcoholics alcohol can often make up more than half of their overall energy intake. With alcohol equating to 7 kcals per gram consumption over the recommended guidelines can result in both weight gain and weight loss depending on the food consumption that accompanies the drinking. Research has looked directly at recovery rates for people who have implemented nutritional changes and this has shown that those that made changes had an improved chance of longer term sobriety.
Also simple support around meal planning and energy intake can be a great support to the addict both in early recovery and in the later stages of recovery where the addict may be seeking the balance that comes with emotional sobriety. Whether its introducing essential fatty acids, increasing fibre, focusing on gut health or addressing amino acids from protein intake, all could have positive outcomes.
Nutrition is certainly not the main reason why people stay sober but it can contribute to a greater quality of life and a higher sense of wellbeing. When you feel better you are more likely to keep doing what you are doing.