Nutrition is a Secret to Recovery Success?
When you’re working on sobriety and every day is a struggle to avoid cravings or say no to temptations, why would you want to burden yourself further by trying to change your diet or avoid cigarettes? The answer is simple: because nutrition is a key factor in the success or failure of addiction recovery. Diet has a huge impact on mood, energy levels, and the overall health and stability of your body, which is likely working on rebuilding and recovering on its own.
Various addictions can wreck your body’s health and immune system. Alcohol, for instance, depletes vitamins and minerals in your blood as the liver works to process the alcohol, rather than any food you may consume. Stimulants like cocaine and meth suppress your appetite so much that you forget to eat, starving the body and muscles of valuable nutrients. If you’re recovering from a serious drug problem, you need to nurse your ravaged body back to health with proper nutrition and exercise.
A poor diet that continues into the recovery phase can spell disaster for your sobriety. An unhealthy body—caused by consuming sugars, fats, and other toxins— will make you even more sick and depressed, which can lead you back toward drugs and alcohol. Don’t let this road block take you down.
Eat properly, getting plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, and healthy proteins. Nourish your body and it will take care of you, slowly learning to live without your drug of choice and coaxing you back into a healthier, more stable and energetic person.