Nutrition and Healing After AddictionDr. Collins
An overall wellness approach to addiction can make the difference in how well you heal. For us at Artesian part of this approach means dealing with the nutrition of our clients. We’ve found that our approach offers us an 85% success rate, compared to the 5% success rate of more traditional treatment. To give you some idea of what we mean by this we will look at one particular client.
Healthy shakes, juices and smoothies against exhaustion
Tom, as we will call him came to us from the ICU, directly out of the hospital, and was in a frail and weakened state. Tom was also very thin, and overall not healthy, which we later discovered was partially due to the fact that he had full blown AIDS, which no one knew until he came to us. One of the first things that we needed to do was improve Tom’s overall health, and we did this by looking at his nutrition. We started out simply, with banana smoothies, where we added almond milk, honey, and peanut butter. This gave us a great starting platform. These shakes gave him the amount of calories he needed and added a good level of nutrition.
After those shakes we started working into juicing, slowly with apples and carrots. We took our time to ensure that his body would handle the changes. Within the second week we were able to have him drinking green smoothies, which included spinach, broccoli and avocado.
Toms preferred drug at the time he came to us was alcohol, though he had used other drugs off and on all his life. Alcohol however, left tom fuzzy, and in an overall state of unhealthy. We had him consuming anywhere from two to five pounds of vegetables per day, and an amino acid IV. In the very first week we could see that this was making a significant difference for him. His skin began to heal, his eyes became clearer, and during the 28 days he spent with us the amount of healing he underwent was simply astonishing.
Tom has been out of our program for over a year now, and has continued to follow the nutrition recommendations that we gave him, and has been able to maintain his sobriety and his health.
For us this is just one of many examples of how nutrition and care can really change the course of a person’s life, helping them to overcome their addiction and move on to lead a healthy and sober life.
Health, Wellness and Becoming Aware of What You Put In Your Body
At Artesian Wellness and Recovery we really feel that your diet is a big part of your overall health. One of the things that we think is important is learning to understand what goes into your body. If you’re struggling with addiction your nutrition is probably seriously lacking. One way to help your body heal from that addiction is to change the way that you eat. As part of that we work closely with our clients to teach them about nutrition and the dangers of things that you put in your body.
Smart and healthy shopping at recovery’s service
One of the ways we do this is by our walking trips, we take trips down to the beach in the morning, walking along with clients, and everyone takes off their shoes and gets their toes in the sand. We also do things like going grocery shopping. During these trips we try to educate our clients on things like hidden sugars in their foods, and things like MSG and all the different names that it can be listed as.
For example, MSG can be listed under things like yeast extract, or vegetable starch extract.
We also try to talk about healthier choices. For example, someone who has a major problem with sugars may really, really crave a bowl of ice cream, but instead, they could be satisfied and still get the healthier sugars that natural fruit will contain.
One of the other things we work on is teaching our clients how to shop healthy but also affordably, showing them how to buy organic, and use produce markets. There are also places that we can purchase food that is organic, even though it isn’t certified as such. Lots of farmers use organic practices but aren’t able to go through the steps that are required for certification.
We teach classes about how important juicing is, and why we use it. We teach them different combinations of juices and all about how to use the machines to create smoothies and what to put in them.
One of our clients for example came to us as diabetic. When we went shopping he decided that he would try being vegan for the first time. By cutting all the dairy and grains and meats he was able to utterly change his body.
This client had been on insulin for six years and the changes he made in his nutrition allowed him to no longer have to take insulin and also allowed him to no longer have high blood pressure.
This client called us recently to let us know that though something traumatic had happened in his life, that he was able to deal with it and remain sober, something that for many who weren’t able to have overall wellbeing would trigger a relapse.
This client was very reactionary and impulsive, and learning to make smarter and healthier decisions on the way that he ate made him see how he could make those choices in other areas of his life. We were able to help him find a path to a clean and sober life where many other recovery centers had failed him before.
We have found that by dealing with the overall health of our clients, looking at how they eat and teaching them what good nutrition looks like that they can maintain a healthy lifestyle and more easily think their other actions through. When you start with health you will find that it carries throughout your life. Learning to make healthy choices is all about thinking rather than just reacting.