Nutrition and the Recovery Journey
Nutrition and the Recovery Journey go hand in hand. The alcoholic and addict do not take care of themselves. If you wanted to compare their behavior to the hierarchy of needs the substance is at the top.
Particularly when they have gotten to the point when he/she has lost all control. The focus is to use all money for the substance. Food is an afterthought. Heroin is a drug that when going through withdrawal being nauseous won’t allow the person to eat. Food is an afterthought.
Homeless and strung out eating food is nonessential. The person must replenish the substance they use to keep from becoming sick. Those who snort, shoot or smoke cocaine (crack) the appetite is suppressed. Just like any other condition that results in nutritional deficiencies alcohol and drug use does take its toll on the body.
Damage to the alcoholic and addicts body
- Poor teeth
- Damage to the liver
- Damage to the kidneys
- Cardiovascular damage
- Damaged hair
Some of the damage can be long term. However, when the alcoholic or addict start the recovery journey not only does the body start healing depending on the physical damage, but the mind, body, and spirit of the person begins to improve over time with help. Eating a proper diet contributes to this.
An associate of mine Dr. Elise Ho has a lot of helpful information on natural health, and lifestyle changes over at AskDrHo that can help all of us not just the person in recovery. Come to think of it aren’t we all recovering from somthing so go check her out.
It is not uncommon for the recovering alcoholic and addict to use other addictive substances. i.e. coffee and sugar. These two either together or alone are addictive, causes irritation, and can keep you awake.
This is not good for the person in recovery.
Getting rest is helpful to settling the body down and learning to have peace, patience, rest and practice different behaviors. A healthy diet along with proper rest is important.
How eating well helps in recovery
- Having a daily eating schedule helps the person in recovery bring consistency to his/her life and be busy.
- Eating with others helps the person in recovery become sociable again.
- A person in recovery should get a physical completed and see a nutritionist. There may be medical issues that have developed while using. This could require a special diet.
- There are websites that can help you set up a daily menu of three meals per day plus snacks.
- With time you will notice some positive changes.
- I am not a doctor so I put emphasis on the need to see your doctor before starting any kind of fad diets or binge eating to gain weight.
Note: If you want to help a person in recovery eat better donate dishes, pots, pans, microwave, etc. A recovering alcoholic or addict may have been homeless and in need of most things we take for granted. Offer help in planning and meal preparation. Perhaps take one out for healthy meal.
Suggested reading to help The Bounce Back Book and
Nutrition for Recovery Addicts found on Amazon.
If you have any nutritional recipes please share in the comment box. It is not easy for a person to get started in this process. Your help is important!
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