Alcohol and drug use often lead to nutritional deficiencies. Some substances cause you to feel hungry more often, causing you to overeat, while some stifle your appetite, causing you to eat too little. Addiction also causes you to care more about when you can get your next high rather than properly taking care of your body by eating right. This can cause many problems including: muscle loss, organ difficulties, hemorrhoids, heart issues, etc.
There is a false idea that when you are recovering from an addiction you should splurge on sweets and junk to reward yourself or to replace your addiction. This is simply not true. Proper nutrition is essential in addiction recovery, and if you fail to gain the nutrition you need, you will make your recovery much more difficult. It is important that you give your body the nutrients it needs in order to help you heal and increase your overall health and well-being.
Here at Renaissance Ranch, we have a full time chef on staff to help prepare nutritious meals for optimum recovery. We prepare 3 healthy meals per day for our residents as part of our residential treatment program.
Nutrition and Healing
Proper nutrition helps your body heal by giving it energy, and helping it to repair damage and strengthen the immune system. Eating a diet high in protein and carbohydrates can also help reduce cravings. Foods associated with healing are: proteins-rich foods such as lean meats, nuts, and tofu; produce; healthy fats; fiber-rich foods such as beans and whole grains; and water.
Nutrition and Mood
Food also has a profound effect on mood. Your diet can alter brain structure and influence behavior. For example, certain foods increase neurotransmitter production such as serotonin, making you feel good. As you seek recovery, incorporate mood-enhancing food into your diet. A few examples of these foods are: bananas, chicken, turkey, dark chocolate, berries, dark leafy vegetables, avocados, fish, coconut, and greek yogurt.
Real Stories of Recovery
I have been called to serve a full time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, in the Fort Collins, CO mission. I am eternally grateful for the sacrifices and love of everyone at The Ranch. I attribute my recovery to God, hard work, and the things I learned while I was there. I am so excited to go serve my Heavenly Father, it has been a long hard road to get here but I know it is what he wants me to do. My heart is full of gratitude and love for those who have cared for me... Thank you for all you have done for me...
I had a head full of gospel knowledge and a heart full of shame. I felt like a failure. I hated who I was. That all changed during my stay at Renaissance Ranch. I quickly realized that I wasn't alone and that there were others who felt the same feelings of self-hatred, failure, and shame. This realization, coupled with the nonjudgmental environment of the Ranch, I was able to be completely honest and open for the first time in my life. From the guidance and empathy of my counselors and brothers, I learned it was okay to feel and I started to believe that there was hope.
Renaissance Ranch gave me a gift that no amount of money can ever repay. Through their unique, caring approach I learned how much I was loved, and that I never had to feel alone every again.
My sobriety date is July 15 2008. And for that I am very grateful. The ranch has given Me the tools to live a life I never thought was possible. I have never forgotten the feelings I felt when I was there in treatment and that's what gets me through the day, is the feelings and brotherhood that I was so blessed with while I was in the ranch.
As soon as I walked through the doors of the Ranch I felt hope. My life had spiraled into depths of shame, misery, guilt, depression, sadness, and suffocating darkness prior to reaching those front doors. The 2 months that followed would forever change my life and provide a foundation within that is unshakable.
Renaissance Ranch will always be a special place to me and will always have a special place in my heart. I had already attended one rehab facility. The Ranch truly saved my life by teaching me and allowing me to understand and love who I am.