10 Reasons Why Nutrition in Sobriety is a Game Changer

The ants go marching one by one- Hurrah Hurrah. Walking as blindly through life as the next person, nobody on this planet knows the meaning to our existential crisis or our purpose- at least as far as those who haven’t gone completely mad are concerned. However, I think it’s safe to say that everybody just wants to be happy, whatever their version of that means. We all crave our own little slice of paradise. For some of us, meaning alcoholics and addicts, we wanted a few too many slices.

Let’s face the reality of the situation though: so many of us turned to the use of narcotics and alcoholic beverages to provide that sense of ease that we so deeply longed for, but then the record player skipped and were the only ones left at the party. We couldn’t go to the bathroom to even look ourselves in the mirror. Life had become bland, tasteless, and sobriety- let alone nutrition in sobriety, was the last thing on our minds.

Time Changes Everything

Eventually, for all addicts and alcoholics, addiction attacks the vessel and it becomes a matter of abandoning ship or going down with it. Hopefully, most aren’t too far gone and they decide to pick life over death and at least try something.

All the drugs and booze did was comfortably numb us to the point where there was this irrational sense of immortality at times. Aye aye aye, the places chemical dependency can/will take the brain. If we can make it to the sober side of things, we begin to recognize our transience more so than ever. Taking care of ourselves in the long run and preserving our health becomes the main focus in recovery.

Focusing on nutrition in sobriety can honestly be the difference between maintenance and facing a relapse believe it or not. The mind and body are connected in more ways than we realize. They feed into each other as far as a healthy body means a healthy mind, and vice versa when these vital organs are falling apart.

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A Nutritious Sobriety

Nutrition in sobriety has much of a large effect on your health and well-being. Good nutrition in sobriety, of course, isn’t just important for keeping your waistline slim. The list of benefits goes on for days:

  • Repairs and revitalizing. Healthy foods can help the body to regenerate itself
  • Better heart health, thus preventing heart disease or other complications down the line
  • Increased blood circulation helping you feel less lethargic
  • Improved and stronger bone health
  • Better energy levels and less fatigue throughout the day
  • Better weight control- believe it or not, more food helps you lose weight(it’ just a matter what you’re eating)
  • Increased brain productivity and focus
  • Regular urination and bowel movements- no more constipation from narcotics
  • Better sleep at night as the body is put into a different sense of ease
  • Overall sense of health and happiness from the body getting what it craves- you’ll feel it

Nutrition in sobriety is important for it’s an example of the lifestyle choice and commitment that recovery takes. Recovery isn’t just a matter of dropping the substances, but changing the people we were. Alcohol isn’t the problem as they say- it’s our alcoholic thinking in the end.  

Choosing to be healthy is a major decision, and those once addicted to any illicit substances can tell you that much. Addiction and alcoholism tend to lead the user to various forms of debt that can’t afford a lifestyle of nutrition. When the choice of drugs or food is put on the table, would the addict even care to eat?

Soul Food

Good nutrition in sobriety helps the body overcome the damage that it has suffered- as mentioned earlier. Proper nutrition can help anyone recovering from addiction feel better because the nutrients can help strengthen them and give them energy from the vitamins and minerals their body craves. The right nutrition in sobriety can even help repair organ damage (the brain). Hmmm. Can you imagine why the brain would even need repairing in the first place?

Nutrition can also play a part in a person’s mood. Changing your diet can- with the right substances going in it- change your brain structure physiologically and chemically believe it or not. Imagine being able to improve your mood simply by eating a healthy diet. Great- now go do it. Feeling better can affect all aspects of your life.

Those who have poor dietary habits have been seen as prone to relapse. Poor dietary habits can be from eating garbage all the time or not eating nearly enough- but the results are the same. Lacking in food and specific nutrients will change anybody’s temperament and rationale. Eating frequent and healthy meals can help avoid said situation, so the person recovering can focus on his future instead of past cravings. Nutrition in sobriety is a basis to live by for those in recovery, sure, but it is also a way of life for any being that cares enough about their future health. We’ve got this one long life to live, might as well take care of ourselves in the best that we can.

How Can I Get Involved in a Nutritional Education Program?

Recovery from addiction and alcoholism is a long road, but one that is worth battling every step of the way. Adding good nutrition to your recovery program can help you recover faster and with a healthier mind and body. If you think you’re ready to add nutrition in sobriety and/or a nutritional education program to your newfound road of recovery, our specialists can help you learn more.  If you or your loved one is ready to leave substance dependency behind and start this way of life, please call 888-481-1993 or visit www.coastaldetox.com. Our teams of specialists are waiting by to help figure out what options are best for sending your life is a comfortable direction that you can proudly stand behind.

Real Client Testimonials

  • Before coming to coastal I was hopeless, helpless, and my family wanted nothing to do with me. It wasn’t the first detox I’d ever been to, but it was the only one who showed me so much love and compassion. They gave me hope. It’s hard to put into words the amount of gratitude I have for this facility. The employees were my family when I had none. The staff went out of their way to make sure not only were my physical needs taken care of, but my emotional needs as well. From the first phone call prior to admission, to helping me set up continuing care, they never missed a beat. Even going as far as to help me with my legal issues via Zoom court. This isn’t just a detox, they are the family I never had. All of the techs, especially Karen, are phenomenal. They will take the time to listen to you, laugh, and cry(if needed) with you. If you are reading this and you or your loved one is suffering like I was, go to Coastal Detox. The level of care is more than I could ever put into a review. It wasn’t the first detox I’d been to, but it has been my last; I owe them everything I have today, including my life.

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    12/07/2020
  • Had a really good experience at Coastal. The staff really went above and beyond in helping me get in and gave me the respect l, space and care I needed after I first got there. As I started to fell better they encouraged me to take part in groups which helped get me out of my head and bring positivity and health to my thinking. They had a great massage therapist, who came daily and it was evident the nursing staff genuinely cared. Got to know some of the staff as well and I’m grateful for the cooks Joe and Chris. Those guys literally made us sirloins and pork chops for dinner. Also I gotta thank Chris and Chris for helping me get in and setting me up with a transition plan. Real grateful for that help, I’m not sure if it’s management intention to hire guys named Chris but they got a good thing going there. Overall, I’m clean and sober today and walking it out. Coastal gave me a base that set me up for the success that I’m walking in today

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    1/16/2020
  • My family is very thankful for Coastal Detox. They have went above and beyond for my son a few times. Unfortunately he has needed their help more than once and they have ever turned their back on him, even when he was at his worst. Jeannie and Chris have been amazing and kept me informed through the entire process. They truly care about the addict and want to help them especially when it would be easy to give up on them. I had many detox facilities be rude and uncaring to me when I was searching for help for my son, but Coastal never did that to us. I don't know the names of all the team members that have helped my son but I know their are many and y'all are angels!! One day we will be able to pay it forward and help someone as you have helped us. Thank you for all you do!!

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    1/01/2020
  • Can not say enough nice things about Coastal Detox & staff. Family member was there, told me five stars for the facility & all whom she interacted with. Said the facilities, ambience..., cleanliness, grounds, food, (think their chef is five stars), were all top shelf. All I interacted with personally & on the phone were patient, professional, responsive & caring. Kudos to so many: Jeannie Jones, Clinical Director whom I spent the most face to face time with: great oversight, patience & follow thru. Raquel Barker, Therapist was so understanding & on spot with her assessments/care. Kris Garrigus Admissions Director, another Coastal professional whom I cannot say enough nice things about, always so patient & responsive to my probably too frequent inquires. Not to be forgotten is Judy Tucker, Director of Operations she too so patiently "put up with me"
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    11/13/2019
  • Can not say enough nice things about Coastal Detox & staff. Family member was there, told me five stars for the facility & all whom she interacted with. Said the facilities, ambience..., cleanliness, grounds, food, (think their chef is five stars), were all top shelf. All I interacted with personally & on the phone were patient, professional, responsive & caring. Kudos to so many: Jeannie Jones, Clinical Director whom I spent the most face to face time with: great oversight, patience & follow thru. Raquel Barker, Therapist was so understanding & on spot with her assessments/care. Kris Garrigus Admissions Director, another Coastal professional whom I cannot say enough nice things about, always so patient & responsive to my probably too frequent inquires. Not to be forgotten is Judy Tucker, Director of Operations she too so patiently "put up with me"
    I highly recommend Coastal Detox

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