Nutritional Counseling and Education

Arrowhead Lodge Recovery - Nutritional CounselingMost addicts and alcoholics are malnourished.

At Arrowhead Lodge Recovery rehab for men in Prescott, Arizona – nutritional counseling and education are vital parts of our addiction recovery programs.

Studies have shown (and it is our experience) that effective recovery and treatment for addiction and co-occurring disorders must include proper nutrition.

Substance Abuse Recovery and Nutrition

‘Replacement of vital amino acids and nutrients must take place. Proper nutrition and hydration are key to the substance abuse healing process because they help restore physical and mental health and improve the chance of recovery. Macro- and micro-nutrient deficiencies can lead to symptoms of depression, anxiety, and low energy, all of which can lead someone to start using drugs or alcohol or trigger a relapse.

Proper nutrition also aids in maintaining sobriety.’
From CPE Monthly: Substance Abuse and Nutrition by Alyssa Salz, MS, RD, LD, Today’s Dietitian

Nutrition Education

Nutrition education is positively associated with substance abuse treatment program outcomes.

Studies support the position that nutrition education is an essential component of substance abuse treatment programs and can enhance substance abuse treatment outcomes. Dietitians should promote and encourage the inclusion of nutrition education into substance abuse treatment programs. From the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Micro-Nutrients and Amino Acids

Micronutrients and amino acids are main regulators of physiological processes. Study of micronutrients in nutrition is still an emerging field.

We do know that it is important that daily nutrition includes amino acids that serve as the building blocks for powerful chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters.  Neurotransmitters, including epinephrine and norepinephrine, GABA, serotonin and dopamine, are closely tied to addictive behavior. 

With careful attention to nutrition, brain chemistry can be assisted to normalize. Good nutrition also restores deficiencies in the neurotransmitters that spur cravings that can lead to relapse.

One-on-One Nutritional Counseling

At Arrowhead Lodge Recovery, each client receives one-on-one nutritional counseling.

Additionally, our registered dietician plans our menus and provides group educational classes on a regular basis.

Healing from addiction requires proper nutrition and nutritional education.