Reports from qualified nutritionists dealing with drug and alcohol addiction cite sugary diet as a hindrance to the recovery process. The people recovering from a drug and alcohol addiction have over the years demonstrated a vulnerability to sugar addiction. Moreover, the energy supplied by sugar could also make an addict even more addicted. Therefore, when the diet served to the recovering addicts promotes blood sugar is dangerous as it hinders them from maintaining sobriety. Once an alcoholic or drug addict gets a blood sugar crash, their bodies tend to crave sugar resulting in alcohol translation in their brain. In the long run, the patient experiences an intense alcohol craving which could mostly be impossible to control.
When the management takes this vital step of regulating the blood sugar in the diet of the recovering addicts, they stand a better chance to avoid the sugar highs and lows that usually trigger their minds to indulge in more alcohol and drug consumption. The primary force that pushes most addicts to quench one more gulp of alcohol or drugs is none other than the sugar craving in their minds which they lack the capacity to control. One of the common phenomena in the addiction recovery process is the tendency of the victims to develop a substitute addiction to food. An ideal example is an addiction to sugar.
Addicts will typically demonstrate an increased liking for food that replaces their urge for alcohol and drugs. For instance, male victims battling with the recovery process display dysfunctional eating habits during the initial stages. As a result, they replace their preferred drugs with a particular food type. It is for this reason that recovering addicts tend to gain up to 20 lbs when they are only a month old in the rehab. We could embrace an ideal strategy of disrupting such patterns.
It is crucial to put our recovering addicts on both vitamin and mineral supplements but, most importantly, we should focus on feeding them with traditional foods as they help the patients to achieve long-term recovery. Since the addicts will pick up reward-seeking behavior such as consuming foods that act as substitutes for their drugs of choice, they value processed foods with high sugar content. We should gear our efforts towards improving the nutrition of our patients, for example, keeping sweetened food out of their bounds. As a result, their blood sugar levels will stabilize and eliminate mood swings such as anxiety and depression. Moreover, we should ensure the diet contains few refined carbohydrates, and where possible, offer them whole grains instead. We can also engage the services of nutrition education and counseling to the victims. As a result, they regain their sobriety and embrace healthy lifestyles such as proper nutrition and physical exercises.
The addicts will maintain the recommended body weight because once the body does not have sugar content, it turns to fat as a sustainable source of energy. When sugar acts as the fuel source, its consumption is at a rather fast rate. The consequence is a dip in energy that leads to the addict craving for sugary foods. In the long run, they do not shed the unwanted pounds. Secondly, the patient experiences an increased energy following the absence of sugar in their bodies. Their blood sugar levels will only fluctuate to a lesser degree leaving the patient with a longer lasting energy as well as enjoying extended periods of feeling full.
Thirdly, the patients achieve a better mental focus. A diet that is rich in sugar content could lead to inflammation. As a result, other bodily systems have to supply energy to confront the inflammation. The process leaves the victim with a feeling of excessive tiredness besides becoming forgetful. Once the body overcomes the initial difficulties caused by the loss of sugar, the outcome is desirable – a greater mental focus.
The recovering addicts also enjoy having an improved mood. Since less blood sugar helps in weight loss and leaves the patient feeling more energetic, it is likely to experience an elevated mood. Creating an environment where the addicts experience positive feelings is an ideal approach otherwise, they will miss their freedom and become less cooperative thus hindering the treatment process.
Taking these measures will not only improve the recovery process but save the center’s resources as well. For instance, sweetened foods are expensive, but traditional sugar-free foods are available in the nearby shopping outlets at a friendly price. Alternatively, we could source for reliable suppliers of traditional foods who will supply the goods at a fair price. It pays to select multiple providers to minimize shortage cases. On the same note, we shall engage the ones with competitive prices at different times thus saving on the center’s expenses.
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