Our goal in nutritional implementation treatment is to reduce the body’s toxic load and replace key vitamin and mineral deficiencies through diet. At our residential facility in Mt. Helix, CA, our personal chef caters to the individual nutritional needs of each patient. By using plenty of fresh, organic ingredients whenever possible, our meals nourish both the body and the mind.
Different addictions cause different health problems. Alcohol is associated with deficiencies in vitamin B complex and folic acid, which can cause anemia. Alcohol also has a detrimental effect on the pancreas and the liver. Severe abuse can lead to a very serious impairment of the liver called cirrhosis. High blood pressure is a common trait among those who abused alcohol and it’s also possible to develop diabetes.
Opiates are known to negatively impact the gastrointestinal system. This is made obvious during rehab, when these patients have problems with nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
Cocaine, methamphetamines and other stimulants can lead to serious malnutrition and imbalances in electrolytes because they significantly reduce the user’s appetite.
Despite the substance-specific differences, all addictions generally cause malnutrition and dehydration. This is partly because of the impact of alcohol and the substances and partly because when individuals are in the grip of addiction, they disregard their diet and nutritional needs.
APEX Rehab strives to provide unmatched alcohol and drug rehab experience in San Diego. That’s why our executive chef and the culinary department take special care of the meals served in our center. Nutrition is taken very seriously here and both traditional medicine and holistic healing support our view on this.
Our chef makes meal plans that aim to satisfy all the needs of a body in addiction recovery treatment – the goal is to balance the calories and enable intake of complex carbohydrates, proteins, fibers, vitamins and minerals. This nourishes the body and the brain and supports the vital processes that allow the patients to be attentive and receptive in therapies and other treatment activities.
It is interesting that regular nourishing meals prevent or diminish drug craving. This is important in supporting the patients not to relapse. It has been found that if recovering addicts don’t pay attention to what they eat and when they eat, they are likely to interpret hunger as craving and turn to abuse again.
Another reason why we place so much importance on nutrition during recovery is because people who are recovering from addiction are likely to overeat if they are not supervised. When they stop using, they suddenly feel the appetite and the sense of taste coming back. However, because they have a brain wired for addiction, especially in early rehab, they have high chances of replacing alcohol or substance abuse with a new addiction – food.
Organic Meal & Nutrition Implementation Treatment