The Addictions Academy: How Important is Good Nutrition to Recovery Success?

 The Addictions Academy: How Important is Good Nutrition to Recovery Success?


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In our Nationally Certified Nutritional Recovery Coaching course, we will address the importance of re-building a relationship with wholesome foods, and the necessity of good nutrition throughout addiction recovery.

More often than not, active addicts deplete their bodies of all good nutrition by either making poor food choices or not eating at all. Pop Tarts and Hot Pockets become the food of choice in addiction. Fast, fatty, sugary foods are often eaten because they’re easy and cheap. Money is reserved for the alcohol or the drugs and food is secondary, if the addict chooses to even eat. Years of drug and alcohol abuse will wreak havoc on the body. In this course, we will teach you how to eat properly, provide your body with the correct nutrients and heal your body from the inside out. Therapy and talk coaching are only part of the process. This course will identify key basic nutrition elements that will be the building blocks to proper eating.

Read on for an excerpt from The Fix:

Why Do Rehabs Neglect Good Nutrition?

By John Lavitt 

Dietary habits in early recovery can be the difference between staying clean and relapsing.

As the opioid epidemic combined with a rise in illegal drug abuse spreads across the country, effective substance abuse treatment services and inpatient recovery options are needed more than ever before. Since the Affordable Care Act has made these services mandatory coverage, a much sharper lens has been focused on what is being offered and its success rate. As the founder of Nutrition In Recovery, David Wiss, MS, RDN, does not understand why the critical role of good nutrition in early recovery is being largely ignored by rehabs and sober living facilities. In long-term recovery himself, David intimately knows how challenging the struggle to restore personal health can be after the damage done by addiction.

As David explains, “We live in tricky nutritional times. I do not have all of the answers. What I do know is that we can use nutrition for empowerment, rather than disempowerment. We can teach people in early recovery how to eat for nourishment rather than simply for ‘reward’ (stimulating dopamine activity). This practice can slowly rewire the brain, change the palate, and prepare the individual for a lifetime of wellness. Treatment outcomes should be much higher than they are, thus we need to address the biological aspects of addiction. This includes brain chemistry, hormones, and gut bacteria—all of which are profoundly impacted by what we eat. Sitting around all day in talk therapy groups with zero focus on nutrition is a major injustice to clients. The neurobiology of addiction demands more attention and action.”

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