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.

A Holistic Approach – A Comprehensive Method of Addiction Treatment

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A holistic approach to addiction treatment uses a much broader perspective than traditional treatment has given us. Our healthcare focus for many years has been narrow in most fields. We specialize and zero in, looking at parts of the human experience rather than the bigger picture. For example, the ear, nose and throat practitioner will do little to help with a bone problem.

Specialization gives us the miracle of extraordinary and specialized knowledge. And, we have many beneficial developments because people have specialized. However, we have also missed valuable opportunities that could have helped us, too. We lost sight of the whole people that we are, and that one ‘part’ of us does not operate in isolation from any other. Also, our healthcare services have left many of us bouncing between providers in a fragmented and inefficient course of care.

Addiction is Not an Isolated Condition

Addiction is very much a whole person condition. It does not limit itself to one or a few expressions or impact. If given long enough, it will cross over into every life realm we know. Our mental and physical health will be compromised, as well our family and social interactions, our sense of purpose and meaning, our finances, work, and faith. Whatever else surfaces in our lives is subject to negative impact and erosion, too. It is a whole person, whole life illness that requires a whole person, whole life remedy.

Recovery as a Lifestyle

Holistic treatment of addiction gives us a chance to adopt a new lifestyle. As we find solutions throughout the many realms of our everyday functioning, we find new practices to incorporate into daily life. We change behaviors that were self-defeating and even self-destructive, and this can mean that we adopt new techniques such as meditation and stress management, or nutrition changes and the use of dietary supplements.

Addiction becomes a lifestyle, a self-destructive and painful one in which we are compulsively driven to use substances, and continue using, no matter what the consequences, and no matter how desperately we would like to stop. As we stop substances and their effects upon us, we adopt another lifestyle that supports us in healthy ways.

If You are Ready for a Different Life

If you are ready to overcome your addiction and want to leave treatment with a new life to carry you forward to ever-increasing health and sustainable gains, consider holistic treatment. Give us a call today for a free consultation and we can help you determine if holistic care is a good solution for you as you seek to overcome your addiction.

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.