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Nutrition in Sobriety—Support from the Inside Out

main header imageNutrition in sobriety can deplete your energies or fuel them, depending on the quality of foods you eat and how regularly. Without a doubt, sobriety and nutrition can be a powerful duo that provides great support for all your recovery efforts. Eating well provides support from the inside out, rebuilding the body damaged by addiction, and maintaining a level of health that propels recovery forward.

Adopting Better Nutrition in Sobriety 

Many of the do’s and don’ts of good nutritional habits are nothing new to us. However, it is common that we can fall into bad habits that are difficult to change, and sometimes in the rush of life, these patterns even become somewhat unconscious. However, a good mindful inventory of your habits can be very enlightening and give you the impetus you need to place reasonable and healthful changes into place.

The Don’ts of Good Nutrition in Sobriety

Some of the most helpful basic changes include limiting sugar, processed foods, refined carbohydrates, salt, fat, and caffeine. These are easy foods and drinks to consume in a busy life because they are available in convenience stores or drive through restaurants, for example. For people who have busy schedules, grabbing food and drink on the go is common. And, it can be a behavioral pattern that flies under the radar of mindfulness. In short, such patterns can get away from us and become tenacious habits.

The Habits of Good Nutrition in Sobriety

The ‘do’s’ of good nutrition are simple and few, too. Adding more protein, more fiber in fruits and vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats is key. Also, eating frequent but smaller meals—as many as six per day—best fuels and maintains the nutrition our bodies need, as well as the balance in blood sugar that helps us feel our best.

Along with these simple do’s and don’ts is a need for good and consistent hydration. While technically a nutrient, very few of us are likely to name it as an essential ‘nutrient’, thinking more typically as it as different than the other nutrients we need and consume. Good hydration, like good nutrition of all other sorts, strengthens us not only physically, but emotionally as well. Mood swings, depression, anxiety and other such issues can be greatly improved by good nutrition as described in this section.

Recovery from addiction is more than possible and there is help available when you are ready to overcome your substance issues. If you are interested in a holistic treatment approach for your addictive disorder, we can offer you a free consultation to clarify if this is a good fit for you. We can also clarify your insurance coverage, make recommendations and smooth your path to wellness.

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Holistic Health – More Than Not Being Sick

A holistic health approach to addiction treatment is a powerful and comprehensive way to address the impact of addiction on the Logo 2 Minimind, body, and spirit. Since addiction is a whole person, whole life problem, its treatment should be comprehensive as well. Going to a holistic rehab for addiction treatment may be the solution you have been looking for. Particularly, if other methods haven’t worked for you, holistic treatment may be the answer.

Holistic healthcare looks toward maintaining a high level of well-being in your life and seeks to do more than keep you from being sick. A holistic practice in your everyday life is possible and can help you not only sustain sobriety but sustain a healthy and vibrant life overall. A holistic rehab can help you overcome your addiction, and learn a new lifestyle that is easily incorporated, and easy to transition into, attending to the body, mind, and spirit in ordinary life, with sustainable techniques.

When Life is Fragmented

Addiction itself is a fragmenting force in our lives. We hide it away, ashamed and wanting secrecy to avoid exposure, as well as the interference of others who disapprove or are concerned. Also, intoxication splits off reality, our perceptions are distorted, and our interactions are held at least at arm’s length. People cannot fully penetrate our addiction’s defenses, and they cannot be fully intimate with us. Also, addiction fragments the body, mind, and spirit, disempowering us, leaving us partial instead of whole. We cannot mobilize ourselves in full harmony, balance or personal power.

Reclaiming Our Whole Selves

Holistic rehab for addiction helps us reclaim our whole selves. We don’t just detox and resolve to stay abstinent. We look for the wounds in the rest of us—how have our thoughts become distorted, and made us vulnerable to dysfunction? How do our emotions trigger us to self-defeating behaviors? And, how has the spirit been split off from fueling our daily lives with meaning, purpose, and direction?

Holistic rehab also helps us re-integrate our fragmented selves. We bring basic self-care to the fore again with adequate rest, nutrition, hydration, and exercise. We help our bodies regain their vibrancy and resilience, and begin to evolve our thoughts, letting go of the unhelpful patterns that cause us limitation and pain. Moving externally, too, we can reclaim and heal our dealings with others, and our overall attitude in the world.

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Destressing – Essential Holistic Elements of Addiction Treatment and Recovery

stacked rocks on beachDestressing is an essential element of any holistic addiction treatment. And, it is a practice that continues into recovery efforts after rehab in order to sustain gains made in treatment. Stress is a pervasive consequence of prolonged substance use, and of all the attendant consequences of addiction. In many ways, having an addiction is a traumatic experience. The body and brain are exposed to toxicity over a prolonged period, and for many people, that level of toxicity is profound, even causing organ damage, or reaching life-threatening proportions.

Also, the many natural consequences of an addiction are each and every one a stressor in itself. When things begin to go wrong in life because substance use has made life unmanageable, there is a domino-effect of negative events that can’t be stopped. One is left to experience the dismantling of daily life until measures are taken to recover and reclaim control. Each effect of an out of control life toxifies the body as well. The naturally produced stress chemicals permeate the system.

Addiction Detox and Destressing

Detox in addiction treatment is initially geared toward abstinence from an addictive substance. Use of addictive chemicals has to stop to allow the body to detoxify at this level before further healing can occur. As the intake of addictive substances is stopped, and the body is able to rinse out the residuals of chronic dosing, the body destresses profoundly.

Nervous system activity can return to a more normal internal environment. The organs are relieved from overwork to process a continuous flow of toxicity, and the mind and emotions begin to shift. Essentially, a foundational destressing begins with physical detox and continues throughout the other stages of treatment and recovery.

Taking Charge of The Body, Mind, and Spirit

Further destressing occurs as treatment moves into addiction’s footholds in the mind and spirit. Holistic treatment centers recognize that the whole person is affected by the addictive illness and that there are stressful and self-sabotaging thought patterns that must be addressed. In effect, particular thought patterns are toxic, triggering the release of stress hormones, and the activation of prolonged negative internal states.

Additionally, when the body and mind are preoccupied with toxicity on various levels, one’s spiritual well-being is naturally compromised. Addressing spiritual concerns, finding a good, orderly direction for daily life, and maintaining daily practices in alignment with one’s own ethics and values helps. When we live out of accordance with our deeply held values and beliefs, we experience another layer of chronic and toxifying stress.

Putting a comprehensive plan of action into motion, engaging the body, mind, and spirit, accelerates healing and the recovery process. We are whole individuals and cannot arbitrarily be fragmented into parts. Working simultaneously to heal the body, mind, and spirit is an integrated and comprehensive method with much-proven success.