Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
The Role of Diet and Nutrition in Addiction Recovery
Personal care is a skill that often needs to be entirely relearned. Because of this, the incorporation of nutrition courses is a crucial component of inpatient addiction treatment – one that is all too frequently overlooked. We at The Lighthouse Recovery Institute pay special attention to diet and nutrition, bringing in a nutritionist on a regular basis to teach our clients of the importance of nourishing the physical body with adequate sustenance and regular physical activity.
Treat Addiction with Proper Diet and Nutrition in Rehab
As soon as a client arrives at our inpatient treatment center, we will perform a comprehensive bio-psycho-social evaluation to determine whether or not special attention needs to be paid to his or her dietary patterns or potential eating issues. If a client is diagnosed as suffering from a co-occurring eating disorder, he or she will be partnered with a primary therapist who specializes in eating disorders and addiction, as well as with a nutritionist with whom the client will meet with one-on-one on a weekly basis. It is very common for addicts and alcoholics, especially if female, to suffer from eating disorders in conjunction with substance dependency.
Addiction and Eating Disorders
It has been estimated that nearly 50% of all individuals who suffer from an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia are simultaneously abusing drugs or alcohol – a rate of abuse nearly 5 times greater than seen amongst members of the general population. Sadly, those who suffer from eating disorders at a greater risk of death than those who provide their bodies with adequate nutrition – combine the abuse of chemical substance to the malnourishment and the risk of death increases even further. For this specific reason (increased fatality rates) amongst many others, it is essential that both disorders are treated concurrently, and that the individual afflicted with the eating disorder receives the specialized, nutrition-oriented attention he or she deserves while undergoing inpatient treatment.
Our Mission at Lighthouse Recovery Institute
While compulsive overeaters are not necessarily at risk of malnutrition and dehydration the way that those suffering from restrictive disorders are, they are at risk of a number of other health-related complications. Many individuals who suffer from compulsive overeating will experience consequences such as high blood pressure, significant weight gain, heart attack, and stroke. Because food addiction is so exceedingly similar to drug and alcohol addiction, sufferers will undergo many of the same eventualities, such as the building of tolerance (greater amounts of food will be necessary in order to achieve the same level of emotional comfort), emotional distress, issues within interpersonal relationships, and high anxiety and stress during ‘clean’ periods.
Regardless of whether the addict in question is suffering from a restrictive eating disorder or from a compulsive food-related addiction, we at the Lighthouse Recovery Institute have thoroughly trained professionals on staff that are well-equipped to diagnose and treat all diet and nutrition-related disorders.
Nutritional Goals & Values
This is another reason why gender-specific treatment is so vitally important – eating disorders are significantly more common amongst female addicts and alcoholics. As part of our carefully designed female-exclusive treatment plan, we cover the role that eating disorders play in the lives of females struggling from drug addiction, and pay close attention to the eating habits of our female clients while they undergo inpatient treatment.