Nutrition is of the utmost importance for anyone’s life, especially for those in recovery. It is the foundation for hormonal control and reaching optimal wellbeing. Proper nutrition is imperative to relieve anxiety, depression and cravings when a client is detoxing and going through treatment. Balanced nutrition is also essential for anyone suffering with ADD, Autism or eating disorders.
Food is the most powerful drug you can put into your body. Our Nutritionists will provide a kitchen makeover to help guide you in this lifestyle change. Clients are also guided through an educational seminar series that provides the tools needed to build a healthy foundation for the rest of their lives.
- Nutrition is key to improving and stabilizing energy levels, mood, and mental clarity, which can lead to a more successful recovery (Atkinson, 2009).
- 2004: Grant et al. (2004) study nutrition education in substance abuse treatment programs. Results indicate that nutrition education is an essential component of substance abuse treatment programs and can enhance treatment outcomes.
- 2010: While serving as the medical director at Tully Hill Hospital and reported in his book End Your Addiction Now (2010), Dr. Gant reports an 83 percent success rate in ending patients’ addictions. Gant and his colleagues believe that biochemical imbalances in the body must be attended to before recovery can happen and that alcoholism is primarily a brain chemistry imbalance fueled by a deficiency in certain nutrients. He shows that a critical part of treating addiction is to replenish missing nutrients through food and supplements.
Our personal trainers motivate our clients by helping them set goals and providing them with feedback and accountability. Trainers also create a personalized fitness assessment for clients by measuring their BMI, strengths, weaknesses and more.
Individuals who come into treatment are feeling a tremendous amount of stress and anxiety from many different sources. Exercise is an imperative part of their successful recovery. A steady exercise and fitness program helps improve sleep and produces an overall sense of peace and well-being. At every level, from the microcellular to the psychological, exercise not only wards off the ill effects of chronic stress, it can also reverse them.
Duke University’s landmark study SMILE (Standard Medical Intervention and Long- term Exercise) pitted exercise against the SSRI sertraline (Zoloft) in a sixteen-week trial in 1999. Six months after the study, Blumenthal and his colleagues surveyed the patients to see how they were doing and found that exercise, as a treatment for depression, worked even better than medicine over the long term.