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Nutrition Education as Part of Addiction Recovery

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What you eat has a significant impact on how you feel. Most clients who enter drug or alcohol addiction treatment are suffering from poor nutrition as well as substance use disorder. Unfortunately, feeling run-down and depleted makes the work associated with recovery seem overwhelming. For this reason, nutrition education plays a critical role in addiction treatment at Rockland Recovery. If you are interested in improving your diet as part of your substance abuse treatment, reach out to our Rockland Recovery team today.

Why Is Nutrition Education Essential in Recovery?

As part of a balanced treatment plan, nutrition education helps you learn how to eat well. For instance, it’s important to get the recommended daily allowance of necessary vitamins and minerals every day. Otherwise, you make fall ill or feel too tired to work on certain recovery behaviors. As a client at Rockland Recovery, you must attend meetings and build structure into your day. You must stay active in your recovery community, all while balancing the responsibilities of daily life.

A busy daily routine requires energy and motivation. Both are greatly affected by the foods you eat. A healthy diet includes plenty of foods such as vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. If you learn how to eat a healthy balance of these foods every day, you’ll feel strong enough to tackle all the tasks associated with recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.

What Does Nutrition Education in Addiction Recovery Involve?

As part of residential recovery in Rockland Recovery, you’ll be served three healthy meals a day. Breakfast may include fresh berries, yogurt, oatmeal, granola, orange juice, or an omelet packed with sauteed vegetables.

For lunch, you may have a fresh, healthy salad coupled with a choice of baked, lean meats. Dinner could be a fresh vegetable stew, vegetarian wrap, or fish such as salmon or tuna. Even desserts can be healthy if their key ingredients are fresh cherries, peaches, or baked apples. The first stage of nutrition education involves learning how to eat the right foods in the right moderation.

In addition to eating well, you may also attend nutrition therapy led by a licensed nutritionist. You’ll learn how nutritious foods perform different tasks within your body, such as:

  • Boosting cognitive function
  • Generating energy
  • Supporting healthy skin, nails, and hair
  • Strengthening immunity
  • Elevating mood
  • Improving focus

Once you understand how the right foods benefit you daily, it becomes easier to shop and cook with intent. You’ll develop a taste for fresh, healthy dishes that make you feel naturally full. As a result, you’ll cultivate healthy eating habits for life, and healthy habits are the foundation of addiction recovery.

Nutrition Therapy at Rockland Recovery Treatment Centers

If you or someone you care about struggles with a substance use disorder in the Massachusetts area, Rockland Recovery offers excellent care for behavioral health. Our nutrition therapy services are only a small part of the many options we provide to treat drug and alcohol addiction. At Rockland Recovery, you’ll find gender-specific programs that keep your individual needs in mind, including training in how to eat a more health-conscious diet.

At Rockland Recovery, nutrition education in addiction recovery begins with counseling on how to eat well. Our sober living homes are staffed night and day, with on-site house managers available to help clients shop and cook with proper nutrition in mind.

Improve Your Health with Nutrition Education

When you’re ready to reach out for help for yourself or a loved one, consider the reputable programs and beautiful sober living facilities available at Rockland Recovery Treatment Centers. Call us today at 855.732.4842 for more information on our gender-specific drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs, or visit us online to view our inviting picture gallery.

At Rockland Recovery Treatment Centers of Massachusetts, we give you the tools you need to recover from addiction. Contact us today to begin your recovery journey.

Medically Reviewed by Kate Perfetti, LADC II

Kate is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor who has worked in the field of substance abuse for the last nine years. At Rockland Recovery, Kate works to provide resources to the local community and engage and progress Rockland Recovery’s alumni program.


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