During addiction recovery, the emphasis is typically on what people are no longer putting into their bodies. While abstaining from substance abuse is the priority, what people are putting into their bodies also matters. Many people overcoming addiction have serious nutritional deficiencies, and these can detract from overall health. That’s one reason why nutrition education is a key issue during addiction recovery at Silver Pines Treatment Center.

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Correcting Nutritional Deficiencies

Struggling with addiction for an extended period often means that individuals don’t have a balanced or nutritious diet. Plus, certain substances can actually leach vitamins and minerals from the body. All of this means that many people beginning recovery are lacking in critical nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.

Clients at Silver Pines Treatment Center can look forward to delicious meals every day. More important than the great taste, however, is that our chef designs the menu to boost clients’ nutrition. Food can be one of the best ways to improve health, and an anti-inflammatory diet can even speed up the recovery process.

Clients will be able to learn about what foods are key to their overall health. Even better, we’ll prepare foods for them that meet all of these nutritional needs. In the beginning of recovery, that means one less thing to worry about. Further into recovery, clients can start to participate and learn how they can continue with a nutritious diet in the months and years to come.

Maintaining a Healthy Weight

It’s normal for weight to fluctuate during addiction recovery. Many people arrive at rehab malnourished and underfed, often because food isn’t a priority when under the influence of drugs or alcohol. For these individuals, gaining weight through three healthy meals a day is a good thing.

While some individuals gain weight during recovery, others may lose weight. People who have addictions to depressants like alcohol or opioid painkillers might suddenly have more energy to be active. Along with nutrition education, this can lead to weight loss. Whether individuals need to gain or lose weight for optimal health, nutrition will certainly play a role.

Learning About Long-Term Food Preparation

In rehab, access to nutritious food is a definite benefit. However, clients won’t have 24/7 nutritional support for their entire lives. That’s why food preparation education can be so helpful.

Individuals in our program can learn more about nutrition and even how to prepare simple meals. From grocery shopping to kitchen hygiene, these skills can become lifelong assets in the fight for sobriety and holistic health.

The Connection Between Hunger and Relapse

There are many things that can cause a relapse. Hunger is one of the most common, but it’s still one of the most surprising. When the body is hungry, thirsty or lacking in vitamins, it can worsen drug or alcohol cravings.

By ensuring that you’re never too hungry and that your blood sugar is never too low, you might be able to stave off cravings and temptations. This is one of the simplest and most effective ways to prevent relapse.

Supplementing Nutrition Education at Silver Pines Treatment Center

Nutrition education can be a key part of addiction recovery, but it isn’t the only helpful therapy option at Silver Pines Treatment Center. Clients can expect a wide range of substance abuse treatment options, just some of which include:

Nutrition is an aspect of recovery that people often overlook, but it can greatly improve overall health. At Silver Pines Treatment Center in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, comprehensive care helps deliver total and lasting recovery. Call 866-345-2147 to learn more about the right program for your health and sobriety.