Nowadays, addiction therapy programs treat the whole person, not simply the symptoms of addiction. Addiction, like any physical or mental health issue, is affected by and, in turn, affects both body and mind. Addiction wears down the body’s systems, so one of the ways to combat addiction is to build the body back up. A strong body and healing mind will be better positioned to experience positive, long-term recovery outcomes.
To learn how nutrition counseling and addiction treatment go hand in hand at Apex Recovery Nashville, contact our team at 615.703.4639. Your entire well-being is supported by healthy nutrition. We look forward to answering your questions about nutrition counseling in Nashville.
Nutrition Counseling and Addiction TreatmentWhy nutrition? Paying attention to what goes into your body is part of a healthy lifestyle. So is recovery. The holistic approach to addiction treatment means that all aspects of you, mind, body, and spirit, are given attention. This includes evidence-based psychotherapies, spiritual and emotional support, exercise, mindfulness, and nutrition. At Apex Recovery Nashville, we provide an individualized plan that includes nutrition counseling and education. Your body has been depleted of nutrients due to substance abuse. Your physical resources have dwindled. A nutritional approach has been shown to improve recovery outcomes by enhancing overall health. Healthy nutrition supports:
- Stress reduction
- Mood stabilization
- Healthy life habits
- Stronger immune system
- Mental clarity
Benefits of Nutrition Counseling
Prioritizing your health means all of it, not just one piece. The interconnectedness of your body’s systems, including your mind, is such that supporting all of them is the best way to maintain long-term health.
Some of the proven benefits of nutrition counseling include:
- Reduction of cravings – Drug and alcohol cravings increase when nutrition is poor. Craving a substitute for the feeling of well-being achieved through a healthy lifestyle, including diet, is a common reason people turn to substances.
- Replacement of depleted nutrients – This is what helps you reduce cravings. The nutritional deficiencies you experienced due to your SUD impact your overall health. Replacing the vitamins and minerals leeched from your body by drugs and alcohol will help you in all aspects of recovery.
- Mental health – Deficiencies in micro- and macro-nutrients are linked to mental health challenges, including anxiety and depression. The psychological and physical exhaustion accompanying substance abuse is also treated with healthy nutrition. When your mental health is supported and improved, your ability to stop substance misuse is significantly enhanced.
- Improved outcomes – We want your recovery to last and for you to live a long, healthy life. Recovery programs that include nutrition counseling have greater long-term success rates. Your physical health will affect your ability to focus on recovery, invest in support groups, do the work in therapy, and rebuild family and friend relationships.
Many people with SUDs are malnourished. This affects blood sugar, brain clarity, pain tolerance, and feelings of well-being. When you are malnourished, you are even more likely to turn to substances to mask the health consequences of substance abuse. It becomes a vicious cycle. Addressing addiction without addressing nutrition and other aspects of general health is pointless.
What to Expect from Our Addiction Treatment in Nashville
Individual, family, and group therapies that include evidence-based modalities such as the ones listed below are the core of our addiction treatment:
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
- Rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT)
However, the efficacy of these therapies is directly influenced by your general health. That is why we offer nutrition counseling, mindfulness, acupuncture, meditation, and experiential therapies to address the whole person and amplify the positive effects of all our approaches to addiction recovery.