We recognize the importance of good nutrition in early recovery. For this reason, all Royal Life Centers detox and inpatient treatment facilities employ the finest chefs and kitchen staff. The freshest ingredients and careful preparation go into each meal we serve. While in detox and residential treatment, guests enjoy three nourishing meals a day. In addition, a variety of snacks and beverages are available at all hours of the day and night.
Substance abuse often results in irregular eating habits and poor diet. It has also been found that those with a substance use disorder are 11 times more likely than those without one, to have an eating disorder. The information in a study conducted by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) proves this finding to be true.
Why is it important?
Long-term substance abuse can result in low levels of essential vitamins and minerals. Consequently, these low levels disrupt normal bodily function. For example, alcohol abuse commonly leads to folic acid and vitamin deficiency. Opiate withdrawal often involves vomiting and diarrhea that can lead to dehydration. Stimulants may decrease appetite and cause malnutrition, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
Whether undereating, overeating or eating the wrong foods, guests often come to us with poor eating habits. In some cases, hunger pangs can be mistaken for withdrawal symptoms or cravings. At Royal Life Centers, our chefs prepare meals that satisfy hunger and help reduce cravings.
Meals served at our centers cater to those in early recovery. Our meals consist of complex carbohydrates, naturally-occurring vitamins, proteins, fibers, and healthy fats. Additionally, we avoid processed foods and foods high in sugar and caffeine.
According to the National Library of Medicine, a healthy, balanced diet may repair organ/tissue damage, improve the immune system, increase energy, improve mood, and even reduce the risk of relapse. The goal of our nutritional program is to get guests on the right dietary track.
To learn more about our detox and residential programs and how Royal Life Centers can be a part of your recovery, please reach out to our admissions team, available 24/7 at (877)-RECOVER to answer your questions.