The most important part of recovery is to lead a healthy lifestyle both while in treatment and outside of treatment once the program is completed. It is imperative to take care of your health and keep away feelings that compel relapse.
Improvements won’t be seen overnight, but our program encourages healthy eating and exercise to combat a number of issues associated with an unhealthy body as well as an unhealthy mindset.
The brain thrives off of the food you feed it and the exercise it gets, so it is important to make sure it is fed the correct foods and exercised regularly to promote the best brain function possible. Getting into healthier habits can benefit by:
- Controlling excessive weight loss or weight gain
- Decreasing high blood pressure
- Reducing the damage done on the kidneys and liver by substance abuse
- Shrink stomach ulcers
- Improve sleeping habits
- Aid in digestive health
- Treat chronic constipation
- Reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression
- Diminish the chance of developing cancer
- Help deal with chronic pain
- Promote a better memory and improved recall
- Reduce the occurrence of frequent illnesses and infections
Drugs and alcohol affect eating and exercise habits tremendously, leading to weight loss or gain due to appetite changes associated with substance abuse. These bad habits must be turned into better habits that support the body and provide nutrients and minerals that it needs to be in the best condition it can be in. There’s no telling how much damage has been done to the body by months or even years of substance abuse. Nutritional guidelines help keep addicts on the path to their ideal health, and some tips include:
- Established Daily Time Slots for Meals and Snacks
o Being at the center can be quite a good experience for individuals that are recovering from their substance abuse. Appetites can be changed dramatically, and it can be a chore to eat food. Maintaining a regular meal time outside of the treatment center gives your body what it needs to continue healing. Try to schedule meals no more than 5 hours apart, so that your body is constantly receiving what it needs to heal.
- Drink Plenty of Fluids, Ideally Decaffeinated
o Caffeinated drinks have an effect on the brain that is similar to drugs, so it is recommended to avoid anything that can trigger addictive behaviors. Many consumers speak nonchalantly of caffeine addiction, but it is a real thing that can result in a spiral for individuals that are actively working to manage their addiction.
- Increase the Amount of Greens and Whole Grains
Vegetables and fruits are the backbones of a healthy mind and body. They contain every nutrient the human body needs to be an efficient machine. During the period substance abuse, the body went through considerable trauma.
It was dehydrated, maybe malnourished, and it needs the essential vitamins and nutrients in fruits and vegetables to recover. Whole grains are grains that haven’t gone through a process of refinement, so they have more minerals to offer the body and are better for the digestive system.
Recovery is not an easy road, but healthy habits and a strong support system can make it a lot smoother to travel on. Keep up with an eating schedule to keep your body continuously healing from any trauma it was put through during your period of substance abuse.
Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration but try to avoid drinks that are high in caffeine. Increase the number of healthy foods you eat, like fruits and vegetables, to encourage a healthy digestive system and habits that make the body stronger and strengthen the immune system.