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Maintaining a Balanced Diet Makes Recovery Easier

It’s not secret that after addiction your body will likely be in rough shape. Drugs and alcohol can deprive our bodies of essential nutrients, leaving us in a relatively unhealthy place. Counteracting this is one of the most important things for you to do after you’ve decided to get treatment for your addiction. Many rehab centers have special diets designed to replenish the vitamins and nutrients lost to addiction, but what are some normal things you can eat after rehab to make sure your body stays happy and healthy?


Nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and constipation are common side effects for a wide variety of drugs, so a diet high in fiber is essential to counteracting these difficult symptoms. Many foods that are high in fiber, such as nuts and oats, are also great sources of protein, which is another essential nutrient for recovery.


Certain substances like alcohol can damage organs like the pancreas and the liver. To help restore them to their fully-functioning former selves, protein is essential. Protein can be found in a variety of different foods, most notably beef, chicken, fish, and other meats. Protein is a staple of a healthy diet, and will not only help your organs to begin repairing themselves, but you’ll have the energy to easily conquer your recovery.


Many addictions can cause severe dehydration, sometimes to the point that it becomes life threatening. For this reason, it’s important at every stage of recovery to stay hydrated. Sports drink can provide much needed electrolytes, but are also often full of sugar which can be detrimental to a balanced diet. For this reason, stick with water or enhanced water with electrolytes. You’ll be surprised how much better you feel when adequately hydrated.

The most important thing you can do when trying to maintain a balanced diet is also one of the easiest: stick to three basic meals a day. Avoid late night binging or heavy meals in the middle of the day. Instead, make your meals with a healthy recovery in mind. Recovering from addiction can also be a good opportunity to make long-lasting and healthy changes to your once unhealthy diet. By eating smart and eating healthy, you’ll be very surprised at how much easier it is to overcome some of the most difficult parts of addiction.