The Nutritional Consequences of Addiction

Nutrition and Addiction

Written By: Lighthouse Editorial Team

Our editorial team includes content experts that contribute to Lighthouse Recovery Institute’s blog. Editors and medical experts review our blogs for accuracy and relevance. We consistently monitor the latest research from SAMHSA and NIDA to provide you with the most comprehensive addiction-related content.

Published on Jun 14, 2019 | Health and Wellness

Negative Consequences of Addiction on Nutrition and Physical Health

Consequences of Addiction

As more had come to light in the drug addiction industry, it’s become more evident than nutrition and diet can significantly impact success rates for addicts.

Many people enter our addiction treatment center without connecting that their diet plays a massive role in not only their physical health but their mental and emotional health as well. The consequences of addiction on the body can range from minor deficiencies to long-term adverse effects.

How Nutrition Plays a Role in the Stages of Recovery

Every drug causes different forms of nutritional deficiencies within the body. For example, cocaine users will often have deficient levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Those addicted to heroin or other opiates will usually have insufficient calcium, and vitamin D amounts in the body. The longer the duration of the drug abuse, the more physically apparent the damage will be. The consequences of addiction can come in the form of scarred skin, rotting teeth, and bloodshot eyes. The duration of drug use will often play a role in how long a diet modification will take to impact emotional and mental health. However, the sooner a new dietary program is started, the faster the healing process can begin.

When reintroducing healthy food into a recovering addict’s body, it’s often a good idea to start with whey protein. Withdrawal effects will usually make the mere thought of solid food very difficult. Generally, whey protein shakes offer healing amino acids, which produce chemicals to aid the nervous system. Aside from water for hydration and flushing out toxins, milk may be the second-best liquid for a recovering addict to drink. Milk also contains tryptophan, which can help relax the body for sleep. A glass of milk an hour before bed is just what the doctor ordered.

It’s especially true for alcoholics, but everyone recovering from drug use should look to foods that help the liver function properly. Broccoli, kale, and cabbage all help cleanse the liver. Onions and shallots also are foods with liver-detoxifying properties.

Negative Consequences of Addiction on Emotional Health and Nutrition

Anxiety is often an aftereffect of drug use. To avoid relapses, addicts must learn to control their emotions and stay calm. Eating fish has been proven to help reduce anxiety and stress. Thus, consuming the omega-3 oils found in fattening fish will help to stabilize moods and regulate emotions. Those who don’t enjoy fish should look for omega-3 oil supplements to ensure their levels rise.

Where to Find More Information about Tips for Consequences of Addiction 

Our Florida alcohol addiction treatment center has professionals who have helped countless individuals understand the power of inpatient rehab programs. The consequences of addiction can range from nutritional to life-threatening; however, change is possible. Our addiction professionals are available to help and can be reached today at (866) 308-2090.

Written By: Lighthouse Editorial Team

Our editorial team includes content experts that contribute to Lighthouse Recovery Institute’s blog. Editors and medical experts review our blogs for accuracy and relevance. We consistently monitor the latest research from SAMHSA and NIDA to provide you with the most comprehensive addiction-related content.
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