The first step to a sober lifestyle is often the most difficult, with detox introducing a myriad of changes and withdrawal symptoms. Nutrition plays a vital role during the healing process while in a center for alcohol and drug treatment. Ensuring one is providing the body with the nutrients it needs is paramount in rebuilding a healthy physical and emotional homeostasis. While many may consider detox to be the expulsion of toxic, addictive substances from one’s body, it is also a time to replace these toxins with healthier alternatives and make one’s diet a crucial asset to the healing process.

The Health Impacts of Addiction

Addiction has many adverse effects on one’s body and mind, impacting not just the chemical balance in one’s brain as the use of addictive substances usurps neuroreceptors. Additionally, damage to one’s skin, hair, and liver is possible during active addiction and withdrawal. 

Those struggling with addiction may also eschew regular meals or healthy foods to prioritize using addictive substances, otherwise neglecting the body’s physical needs for a healthy lifestyle. This kind of malnutrition has its own dangers that compound with the effects of substance use disorder (SUD.) 

Excessive alcohol use can cause an individual to skip meals and lead to a vitamin deficiency. Furthermore, the use of drugs can overstimulate the body, overtaxing what energies one does have and leading to malnutrition. Constipation, diarrhea, and nausea all also affect one’s dietary health, and addressing the nutritional side of recovery is paramount for a truly transformative step in detox and recovery. 

However, focusing on one’s diet can be challenging, especially while coping with anxiety, depression, nausea, shaking, or any other physiological symptoms during detox. While healthy dieting can help an individual process these changes in one’s body, forcing an entirely new diet can be difficult. Addressing one’s dietary needs a bit at a time alongside dietary professionals can help individuals balance their feelings and withdrawal symptoms with a combination of healthy dieting and practical support while navigating such a tumultuous time.

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Starting a Healthy Diet in Detox

Dietary changes are always tricky, but they can also be instrumental in promoting the most effective healing practices. The body’s ability to heal and repair itself is incredible. Still, it takes a significant amount of energy to do so, and proper dieting can ensure that the body has sufficient nutrients to facilitate healing. 

Stay Hydrated

Dehydration is common among those struggling with addiction, especially those struggling with alcohol use disorder (AUD.) Ensuring that one is drinking water, fresh juices, coconut water, or electrolyte-heavy sports drinks can help replenish and regulate the number of fluids needed through detox. 

Soups can also be a great transition during this time, helping to ensure that each individual can eat a healthy meal, as heavy meals may prove difficult due to withdrawal symptoms. 

Lean Proteins

Lean proteins are also important during this time, allowing the body to adjust to a new diet in a healthy way. Beans, chicken, fish, and other lean sources are all highly beneficial, with tofu and other vegetarian options available to provide the body with necessary proteins. 

Leafy Greens

Leafy greens like kale, romaine, spinach, and collard greens are all incredibly healthy sources of nutrients, providing vitamins and essential resources for the body to use as it reestablishes healthy homeostasis in sobriety. Incorporating these foods when possible can create a new, sustainable, healthy diet for one’s continued success through detox and recovery. 

Professional Nutritional Guidance

Detox and withdrawal are difficult times filled with change and uncertainty. Even when it comes to one’s diet, there is no single solution that will fit every person or situation. Engaging in dedicated detox programs with professional nutritional support can ensure that one’s dietary needs are addressed in a personalized way, fitting to one’s needs and symptoms.

There is no replacement for genuine professional care. Professional recovery nutritionists are essential in introducing a new, healthy diet during this time of transformation while ingratiating these healthy practices for one’s sustained lifestyle in sobriety. 

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Nutrition Is an Ongoing Need

There is no point in one’s life where it is no longer necessary to eat healthily or treat one’s body with care. Professional nutritional guidance throughout detox can establish the proper practices and skills needed to continue focusing on recovery and healing in daily life, even after one’s detox program has concluded. Establishing these practices early in recovery can facilitate healing in many other areas. From embracing physical or experiential therapies to one’s spiritual health connecting one’s body and mind, nutrition is the basis on which a truly transformative, healthy future can be built. 

Nutrition is a significant part of recovery, and providing the body with the energy necessary to heal and engage in effective recovery programs is crucial. At Hawaii Island Recovery, we understand the need to heal the whole self, from treating the emotional impacts of addiction to addressing the physical and spiritual healing that makes for a truly transformative experience. Your time with our Hawaii inpatient drug rehab is fully personalized to fit your needs and goals in sobriety. We offer the ability to create new daily routines, personalized recovery strategies, and even diets to aid in your transformative process. Whether you are struggling with addiction, mental health disorders, or a combination of both, we are prepared to help you each step of the way. For more information on how we can create an individualized program for you, call to speak to us today at (866) 390-5070.