Years of substance use and addiction can alter and break down certain mental processes. Many people are unaware that it can have the same effect on the body. Lack of proper nutrition, under-eating, and the physical impact of substances can deprive the body of the nutrients it needs.
Part of treatment for substance use disorder (SUD) and co-occurring mental illness at Avalon Malibu is centered around rebooting your nutritional health. Nutritional assessments and guidance to learn what one’s body needs for healing and wellness are paramount for long-term recovery.
The Impact of Substance Use on Nutritional Health
Substance use produces many detrimental impacts on the mind and body. One particularly harmful effect is poor nutritional health. The longer addiction persists, the more damage will be done to the brain, liver, skin, bone, and digestive health. When the body cannot function properly, neither can the mind, making healing difficult.
The Importance of Knowing What Your Body Needs
When SUD and mental illness have been front and center in an individual’s life for any length of time, it can be easy to neglect the nutritional needs of one’s body. This has harmful reproductions by itself, not to mention the detrimental impact various substances have on the body.
One should understand the importance of nutrient levels in one’s body and what to do to restore the mind and body to health. Cultivating sound nutritional habits that lead to wellness is an essential part of healing.
Recovery is not just about therapy, but also about integrating many forms of treatment such as nutritional rehabilitation. This honors the role the mind-body connection has in healing. If one’s body is not getting the proper fuel it needs, the mind can not heal either. Learning to properly feed one’s body to meet one’s needs and goals is an impressive act of self-compassion.
Although underrated, nutritional rehabilitation and receiving guidance to restore your body to health after any period of substance use are integral to healing both the mind and the body. Without sound nutritional habits for optimal wellness, recovery becomes harder. This is because your body does not have what it needs to function at optimal mental, emotional, physical, and levels. At Avalon Malibu, we recognize how challenging it can be to know what your body needs and begin giving that to yourself. We are here to support you in your recovery goals. Call Avalon Malibu today at (844) 857-5992.