Nutrition Impact on Mental Health & Substance Use Recovery

Nutrition Impact on Mental Health and Substance Use Recovery

Nutrition Impact on Mental Health and Substance Use Recovery

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At J. Flowers Health Institute, our aim is to provide each individual with a comprehensive, integrative, and holistic approach to health and wellness. It is essential that throughout one’s journey overcoming substance use addiction, an effective healthcare team composed of medical, psychiatric, and therapeutic professionals provide valuable guidance that will enhance a person’s mind, body, and spirit.

As part of our extensive diagnostic evaluation, nutritional assessment is utilized to ensure profound healing and wellness stability that sustains beyond discharge from treatment. While nutritional counseling may be overlooked in presence of medically and psychologically complex challenges, evidence suggests that nutrition therapy contributes to favorable health outcomes and is crucial to optimal wellness and maintenance. 1

Chronic Pain and Health Conditions

Health complexities can impede one’s nutritional intake due to changes in appetite, ability to care for self and body image dissatisfaction. Interruptions to nutrition balance can exacerbate primary conditions and result in serious comorbidities and malnutrition.
For example, chronic pain can make basic self care activities, that are routine for the general public, feel extraordinarily difficult or impossible on some days. A chronic medical condition such as IBS or diverticulitis can complicate the path to healthy eating and feel extremely frustrating and demoralizing.

Alcohol Use Disorder

It is understood that alcohol use disorder is associated with various health consequences – including depletion of nutritional status. Alcohol use disorder, whether acute or chronic, impairs nutrient digestion and absorption of vital vitamins and minerals. The functional nutrition interruption typically results in malnourishment and renders the path to recovery ever more challenging.
Without proper nutrition counseling and guidance, severe consequences to one’s mental and physical health may arise. Some examples include gastrointestinal problems, metabolic changes, cognitive decline and depressive symptoms.2 By working with your Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) to set personalized goals and build an effective nutrition intervention, full recovery and reduction of relapse potential is possible.

Other Substances

The use of drugs often impair an individual’s ability to consume adequate nutrients due to reduced food and fluid intake, changes in taste preferences, and psychological disruptions (source 3). With changes in intakes, one is at risk for the imbalance of nutritional status, hydration status, and metabolism. It is essential to establish optimal nourishment to restore the body, fuel the brain and bolster the immune system.3

In addition, those who suffer from multiple addiction disorders, such as alcohol use disorder and substance use disorder, are likely to face exacerbated risks to their wellbeing. A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist will help you create a plan to replenish and heal your body through safe and effective nutrition rehabilitation.

What’s Next?

Life may present immense challenges. At J. Flowers, we work alongside you to develop individualized goals, interventions, and practices to better your health. An unparalleled nutrition team will partner with you to restore your body, mind, and spirit through leading and evidence-based nutrition expertise. Fueling your body with the essential nutrients expands the limits of your potential. No matter where you are in your journey, our team at J. Flowers is here to guide you to the best version of yourself!

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