Nutrition therapy is part of a whole-person approach to mental health and addiction treatment. The impact of what and how you eat on your physical and mental health is profound. Your body runs on the fuel you provide through food, and your brain is at the control center of that body, also getting its power from what you eat daily. Ensuring a healthy diet based on sound nutritional principles is at the core of what to expect in nutrition therapy. Painted Desert Recovery’s comprehensive addiction treatment program is connected to our nutrition therapy center in Utah, which is integral to all our services.
You may have nutrition therapy expectations or questions and want to check in with someone who can provide you with good information. If so, please reach out to Painted Desert Recovery. Our staff is ready to discuss nutrition therapy in Utah, how to benefit from it, and what other therapy modalities are available. Call 844.540.0357 today or reach out using our online form.
Nutritional Therapy for Addiction
Substance abuse and addiction take a tremendous toll on the body, depleting vital minerals, vitamins, and other nutrients. Even if the person struggling with a substance use disorder (SUD) eats a balanced diet—which is often not the case—any nutrition taken in can be swiftly canceled out by the impact of drugs and alcohol.
Nutritional therapy involves two things: ensuring that while in rehab, clients eat healthily, and just as important, teaching them why what they eat affects overall health and wellbeing. The goal of recovery is a lifetime of wellness, including physical and mental health. A positive diet strengthens the mind’s ability to resist cravings, envision and work towards a positive future, and remain on track with recovery.
What to Expect from Nutrition Therapy
When you enter a nutrition therapy program in addiction treatment, like the one at Painted Desert Recovery, you can expect to follow specific steps, learn new habits, and receive the support of the entire staff.
Below are some of the nutrition therapy expectations in a rehab setting:
- Thorough health intake – Your treatment team will ensure that your mental health, physical health, and addiction history are clear to them. How addiction affects your health, from weight fluctuations to eating issues and co-occurring disorders, will directly impact your treatment plan regarding traditional therapies and nutrition therapy.
- Medical detox – Nutrition therapy significantly impacts your withdrawal from drugs or alcohol. Replacing the nutrients stripped from you by your SUD will help you stay healthy during detox. Your medical and nutrition team can decide what deficits or needs you may have that will determine your nutrition plan.
- Nutrition and meal planning – With your nutritional therapist and a nutritionist, you can create an eating plan that meets your needs, replenishes what you’ve lost, supports your returning health, and goes with you after rehab to maintain healthy habits and well-being.
- Goal-setting – Like in your other therapies while in rehab, you will set goals in nutrition therapy. Those goals might be adding fruits to your diet, drinking more water, maintaining a healthy weight, or more. The goals should be based on your intentions, aspirations, overall health, and data from your bloodwork, weight, and sensitivities.
What are your nutrition therapy expectations? Painted Desert Recovery will meet those expectations as we help you find complete wellness from head to toe as you walk the path of recovery.
Find Nutrition Therapy for Addiction Treatment in Utah at Painted Desert Recovery
Nutrition therapy and healthy eating during rehab help with stress management, mood regulation, and stamina—all of which support your recovery. Learn more about how nutrition therapy can help you as you enter Painted Desert’s addiction treatment program. Reach out to find answers to your questions. Contact Painted Desert Recovery today at 844.540.0357.