We realize the importance of good nutrition in early recovery, which is why 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, and a variety of snacks and beverages are available at all hours of the day and night.
When those with a substance use disorder begin recovery, they are often nutritionally deficient, as substance abuse results in irregular eating habits and poor diet. Those with a substance use disorder are 11 times more likely than those without one to have an eating disorder, according to a study conducted by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA).
Prolonged substance abuse can result in low levels of essential vitamins and minerals, disrupting normal bodily function. Alcohol abuse commonly leads to folic acid and vitamin deficiency. Opiate withdrawal often involves vomiting and diarrhea, which can lead to dehydration, and stimulants may decrease appetite and cause malnutrition, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
Whether under eating, overeating, or eating the wrong foods, guests often come to us with dysfunctional eating habits and poor nutrition. Often, those recovering from a substance use disorder mistake the body’s physiological response to hunger for withdrawal symptoms or cravings. At Royal Life Centers’ detox and residential facilities, our chefs devise nutritional programs that meet these sensitive dietary needs and satisfy hunger pangs.
Meals served at our centers are designed to cater specifically to those in early recovery and incorporate complex carbohydrates, naturally-occurring vitamins, proteins, fibers, and healthy fats, while avoiding 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 risk of relapse. The goal of our nutritional program is to get guests on the right dietary track, that they might learn to maintain healthy eating habits on their own, while accommodating all dietary needs and restrictions.
Top-notch dietary programming is just one way we incorporate our primary concern of guests’ health and well-being into everything we do. 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.