Can a Healthy Diet Help Your Recovery from LSD Addiction?

You can help your recovery from LSD addiction in many positive, healthy ways. Taking a holistic approach to treatment means a more well-rounded, enjoyable and long-lasting recovery. Integrated treatment programs may include nutritional counseling and fresh, chef-prepared meals. These may seem like luxuries unrelated to recovery. However a healthy diet is integral to establishing health. The Journal of the American Dietitians’ Association[1] shares, “nutrition education is an essential component of substance abuse treatment programs and can enhance substance abuse treatment outcomes.” A healthy diet is about more than finding a balanced weight or getting fit. It allows your body and mind to operate at their best. You receive a boost in confidence and self-image when you know you are treating yourself well. Receiving nutritional counseling means learning self-care and self-sufficiency. Including a healthy diet as part of your ongoing recovery means being able to participate fully in your new, drug-free life.

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How Are LSD and Diet Related?

Your diet and LSD addiction may seem worlds apart, but their relationship is more closely linked than you might believe. An unhealthy diet disrupts sleep patterns. It contributes to low self-confidence and limits mental health. A person experiencing pain as a result of poor physical health may self-medicate with drugs like LSD for escape or relief. If you eat healthy foods, you will have more energy, feel better about yourself, and will experience better health.

The Effects of LSD on Nutrition and Physical Health

Addiction is typically marked by poor overall health. The Fix[2] shares, “The very act of ingesting drugs or alcohol wreaks havoc on the body. Alcohol, for example, impedes nutrient breakdown and assimilation resulting in nutritional deficiencies. Opiates tend to cause gastrointestinal issues, and, during opiate withdrawal, severe vomiting and diarrhea can lead to nutrient depletion. Stimulants suppress appetite which can lead to an insufficient intake of calories and nutrients.” Drugs themselves interrupt proper digestion and nutrient processing. Individuals worry more about getting and using drugs than about buying groceries, cooking wholesome meals or spending time around a table with friends and family. LSD distorts sense of self and reality. Users lose touch with their physical bodies and their hunger and thirst cues. One side effect of LSD use is a loss of appetite or overall change in appetite. Individuals may skip meals or opt for easy junk food or fast food on a regular basis.

Why Should Treatment Begin with Nutrition?

A healthy diet and focus on nutrition should be a core component of recovery. These aren’t late-stage or supplemental services. They should begin as soon as other treatment services and therapies begin. Nutrition helps restore physical and mental balance. Today’s Dietitian[3] explains, “Proper nutrition and hydration are key to the substance abuse healing process because they help restore physical and mental health and improve the chance of recovery. Macro- and micronutrient deficiencies can lead to symptoms of depression, anxiety, and low energy, all of which can lead someone to start using drugs or alcohol or trigger a relapse.” Mental health and addiction issues are closely related. They are complicated enough without adding the effects of poor nutrition. Clearing up nutritional deficiencies can lead to almost immediate improvements in physical and mental health.

A healthy diet isn’t a cure for addiction, but it brings recovery that much closer. It improves outlook and how you feel about your life and your body. It makes it possible to participate in other activities that support long-term recovery. MedlinePlus[4] explains, “A person with substance use is more likely to relapse when they have poor eating habits. This is why regular meals are important. Drug and alcohol addiction causes a person to forget what it is like to be hungry and instead think of this feeling as a drug craving.” Good eating habits help you develop a regular schedule and give a day structure. They keep you focused on self-care and healthy habits. Paying attention to hunger cues keeps you in touch with your body and your mood. When you feel good, you can exercise, play and participate in hobbies. These activities make life and recovery enjoyable, supportable and rewarding. For these reasons your focus on nutrition shouldn’t end once immediate treatment is over. A healthy diet is just as important to long-term recovery as it is to immediate sobriety.

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[1] “Nutrition Education Is Positively Associated with Substance Abuse Treatment Program Outcomes. Journal of the American Dietitians’ Association. Apr 2004. Web. 2 Aug 2016.

[2] “Nutrition and Recovery: How Healthy Eating Can Help You Stay Sober.” The Fix. 15 Apr 2014. Web. 2 Aug 2016.

[3] “CPE Monthly: Substance Abuse and Nutrition.” Today’s Dietitian. Dec 2014. Web. 2 Aug 2016.

[4] “Diet and Substance Use Recovery.” MedlinePlus. 24 Feb 2014. Web. 2 Aug 2016.

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