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Drug Rehab and Nutrition

Written on: May 22nd, 2009 By:

Drug Rehab and Nutrition

By the time most individuals consider drug rehab, nutrition has long been neglected. Most people caught in the grips of alcoholism and drug addiction have long ceased to concern themselves with food, instead relying on alcohol and drugs to provide energy.

SouthCoast Recovery’s drug rehab considers nutrition as an important element in healing the body from alcoholism and drug addiction. According to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), Thiamine (Vitamin B1) deficiencies are common in up to 80% of alcoholics. This essential vitamin is needed by all the body‚Äôs tissues, including the brain. Other deficiencies include folic acid and Vitamin C. The depletion of amino acids, which are the necessary building blocks of neurotransmitters, is also common. Neurotransmitters are the chemicals that carry messages between the individual nerve cells and from the nerve cells to the muscles.

This is also why SouthCoast Recovery is one of only three drug rehab centers in the nation to offer¬† NeuroTransmitter Restoration therapy (NTR) , a process that bathes the brain’s neurotransmitter receptor sites in a naturally-occurring amino-acid solution during detoxification. This new and exciting development jump-starts the cellular repair process, reducing withdrawal symptoms and restoration of mental clarity within days instead of weeks or even months with traditional detox methods.

Poor diet and poor nutrition affects energy and mood. Most people in the grips of drug addiction neglect nutrition altogether whereas alcoholics get most of their nutrients through alcohol. There is considerable data that supports the idea that most alcoholics are hypoglycemic. Chronic drinking contributes to the development of hypoglycemia and the symptoms include irritability, depression, aggressiveness, insomnia, fatigue, restlessness, confusion, nervousness and cravings. A diet high in protein, natural fats and fiber can help stabilize blood sugar, restore balance and eliminate cravings. With the removal of drugs and alcohol, the appetite returns. Not only is the body craving nourishment but eating also acts as natural replacement behavior. We have a chef on staff to provide healthy, gourmet meals for proper nutrition and nourishment to assist the body’s own natural repair process.

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