Researchers Say Nutrition Therapy is Key to Rehab Success

A picture of foods that should be included in a meal with high nutrition.

When a person is suffering from drug or alcohol addiction, it’s quite common for him or her to also have poor nutrition and eating habits. In many addiction rehab facilities, nutrition education is part of the recovery program, which is something that researchers have recently found to be extremely helpful to long-term success. A team of authors in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics argued that registered dietician nutritionists could help educate patients and recovery centers about the ways food affect mental health, eating disorders and cravings.

The authors claim that weekly group sessions about emotional eating and eating for mental health could focus on the ways in which dietary deficiencies could contribute to mental distress and the ways to combat this through healthy eating.

Nutrition therapy could include cooking classes, instructions on mindful eating and exploration of food fads and myths. They could also cover easy recipes, snack preparation, grocery shopping and budgeting. The idea is to help people recovering from addiction to transition into healthier living after leaving treatment.