Nutrient Therapy Services at Women’s Recovery

Nutrient Therapy Services is one of the ways we support our clients during addiction treatment. 

Healing from addiction is a complex journey, which requires working on mental, physical and emotional health in order to heal. 

Nutrient Therapy Services, is one of the ways we support our clients during addiction treatment.

This therapy focuses on replenishing and rebalancing the nutritional health of the individual throughout their transition back into sobriety. By doing so, patients…

  1. Strengthen their bodies, making it easier to push through the uncomfortable long-term physical symptoms of withdrawal.
  2. Strengthen their minds, helping them treat lingering mental wellness issues like depression, anxiety, and more. 

Let’s take a closer look at Nutrient Therapy Services at Women’s Recovery, and why it’s so helpful for making your recovery a shining success.  

What Is the Goal of Our Nutrient Therapy Services?

While the physical symptoms of recovery are certainly alleviated with Nutritional Therapy, our primary goal is addressing the mental symptoms – often the ones that lead so many in recovery to eventually relapse.

These symptoms vary from individual to individual. Plus, the type of drug can also cause different issues. But in general, these symptoms may include: 

Some recovering users may also experience what’s called protracted withdrawal when these symptoms can persist for weeks and even months after first getting clean. 

For many, these symptoms are caused by an imbalance in various chemicals in the brain, namely of so-called “happy chemicals” (e.g., serotonin).

With Nutritional Therapy Services, however, we help restore the balance of these chemicals. As a result, patients often feel fewer negative mental effects and start feeling more like themselves again sooner. 

And that means you can start embracing your self-worth and get back to living your best life. 

What Makes Our Nutrient Therapy Services Different?

As with our other services, we are dedicated to offering only the highest quality and most trusted approach with Nutritional Therapy. Here’s how we live up to that goal. 

  • We Focus on Balancing the Nutrition and PH of The Gut – The gut and the brain are intimately connected. In fact, it’s estimated that 90% of the body’s serotonin (one of the “happy chemicals”) is made in the gut. By rebalancing the health of the gut, then, we help our patients reduce mental problems like depression, anxiety, and more. 
  • We Employ the Expertise of a Certified Nutrition Therapist – Like any other type of therapy, Nutrient Therapy should only be administered and overseen by a professional with demonstrated expertise. That’s why we work with a certified nutrition therapist to deliver only the highest quality services that are proven to help. 
  • Patients Receive Several Assessments to Ensure Accuracy – The foundation of a well-made and successful treatment plan is first and foremost the accurate diagnosis of the problem. That’s why all of our Nutrient Therapy patients undergo several different assessments of their physical, biological, mood, and mental health symptoms. Only then can the certified nutrition therapist create a plan that’s tailored to meet the needs of the individual patient. 
  • We Also Use Nutrient Supplementation to Support Gut Health – While our Nutrient Therapy Services focus on improving gut health mainly through individually tailored meal plans, we also support these plans with nutrient supplementation in some cases. For example, l-glutamine and l-tryptophan may be added to your plan to help cut down on cravings for unhealthy foods heavy in sugar specifically. 
  • Our Nutrient Therapy Also Helps Heal The Body – Many ex-addicts also suffer from a variety of physical problems related to not getting the proper nutrition over the course of their substance abuse problem. In addition to the mental problems that this can cause, former addicts can also go through serious physical diseases as a result. Our Nutrient Therapy helps address these problems to keep both the mind and the body healthy. 

Nutrition is just one component of healing from addiction. Learn more about our comprehensive treatment programs for women.

Why Is Proper Nutrition So Important During Recovery?

Many of today’s rehabilitation programs will include some sort of meal guidelines or recommendations. 

These are often general principles for patients to build their own meals around (though our Nutrient Therapy Services build an individualized plan tailored to meet your specific needs). 

These programs are becoming more and more popular today because addiction research is continuing to find that building healthy nutrition during recovery is immensely important to ensuring long-term success and sobriety. 

There are two ways in particular that our Nutrient Therapy Services help support recovery:

  1. They support a healthy gut and, therefore, a healthy mind. 
  2. They treat serious nutrient problems that are common among addicts. 

A Healthy Gut Is A Healthy Mind

The gut is actually a lot more responsible for how you feel and think than you may know. That’s because the connection between the gut and the brain is incredibly strong. 

For instance, the vagus nerve is one of the largest nerves in your body. And it primarily connects your gut and your brain. Studies have found that when mice are given a probiotic, it can actually reduce the amount of stress chemicals in the blood. But when the vagus nerve is severed, stress chemical levels stay the same in mice given that same probiotic. 

Why does this matter? 

Because a lot of the brain’s mood chemicals are actually created inside the gut itself. 

Serotonin, for instance, is one of four of the brain’s main “happy chemicals” (dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, and endorphins). And a whopping 90% of serotonin is created in the gut

Plus, another chemical created in the gut called GABA helps control feelings of fear and anxiety as well. 

So when the gut isn’t functioning healthily or doesn’t have the right kinds of nutrients to work with, it can directly affect the brain. And that means serious mental problems like depression, anxiety, fatigue, and more can all occur as a result. 

But eating the right foods can help boost the production of these chemicals and return them back to normal. 

The main takeaway here is, of course…

A healthy gut is a healthy mind

The Importance of Blood Sugar Regulation in Addiction and Recovery

Missing nutrition is surprisingly one of the major contributors to relapse.  Science shows that missing a meal or eating a high or simple carbohydrate meal causes a dramatic rise in blood sugar levels, an overproduction of insulin, and then a big drop in blood sugar levels which triggers a stress response in the body.  This response releases adrenaline and cortisol producing symptoms such as irritability, depression, aggressiveness, insomnia, fatigue, restlessness, confusion, anxiety, and cravings creating a strong to a desire to drink or use substances. Low blood sugar, also known as hypoglycemia, often also leads to severe anxiety and panic attacks. It is a major contributor to suicidal ideation and behavior. In severe situations it can lead to psychosis.  Hypoglycemia can be so detrimental that it is correleted with violence, child abuse, domestic violence, violent crimes, and is implicated in PMS. 

Nutritional Deficiencies Are Common In Addicts

Many addicts will also suffer from nutritional deficiencies and other problems. Some of the most common include: 

  • Electrolyte imbalances (sodium, potassium, chloride)
  • B1, B6, and folic acid deficiency (especially in alcoholics)
  • Overeating (too much fat, sugar, and carbs)
  • Protein deficiencies
  • Vitamin A and C deficiencies
  • Dehydration

So the question is, why are nutritional deficiencies so common in addicts? Well, there are a variety of reasons…

  • Poor Meal Choices – Many addicts will make poor meal choices simply because they’re under the influence of a drug or are recovering from using. For instance, stimulants like cocaine, meth, and speed also suppress appetite. As a result, users may not eat as much as their body needs to stay healthy. Alcoholics may use drinking as a replacement for meals (a.k.a. “liquid lunches”). This means many aren’t getting the proper nutrition along the way. 
  • Addicts Tend to Ignore Health If It Affects Their Getting High – Ignoring the health problems that substance abuse can cause is a major attribute of someone who is addicted. They refuse to recognize that substance abuse is causing serious problems, and often those problems can be health-related. As a result, many addicts who may see that they’re having nutritional health problems won’t be able to bring themselves to solve the problem by getting sober. And so the problems just get worse and worse.
  • Some Drugs Affect How the Body Processes Nutrients – Some drugs can even make it harder for your body to process and absorb nutrients. Alcohol, for instance, impairs nutrient absorption by damaging the cell lining in the stomach and intestines, making it difficult to transport nutrients into the blood. Opioids slow down the gastrointestinal tract, often leading to constipation and slower uptake of vital nutrients into the body.

The Role of Supplements in Nutrient Therapy Services

For many, the ideal way of supporting a healthy gut (and thus, a healthy mind) is by getting the right kinds of foods. 

For example, patients with serotonin deficiencies may benefit from meal plans heavy in foods like eggs, cheeses, salmon, nuts and seeds, and turkey. 

Patients with especially devastated gut bacteria may be prescribed probiotic-friendly meals that include yogurt, buttermilk, miso, and sauerkraut. 

But for some, fixing their gut-related problems only with meals may be unrealistic. And that’s where supplements come in. 

Supplements let patients get the specific vitamins and nutrients they need in a pill or powder. And that can be especially helpful for patients who are deficient in nutrients that aren’t easily found in normal foods. 

So, the question is… will you need to take supplements during your Nutrient Therapy? 

And the answer is… it depends. 

Your certified nutritional therapist will be able to evaluate where your gut health is throughout recovery and prescribe you an individual plan as unique as you are. And for some, that may require supplements. For others, not. Your nutrient therapy should be tailored specifically for you and your individual needs.  

To find out more about our services, speak to one of our addiction specialists today!

Women’s Recovery: A Recovery Program Designed by Women for Women

At Women’s Recovery in Colorado, we’re dedicated to providing each and every one of our patients with the strategies, tools, and treatments they need to overcome their addiction. 

And that means offering the full-body and full-mind approach to recovery that only holistic treatment can provide. 

At Women’s Recovery, we treat every aspect of your addiction with a range of services during our intensive outpatient program, including:

We are also a recovery program designed for women by women. That means that we understand the unique struggles that women face during addiction recovery. And it also means that there’s no one more qualified to help you overcome these struggles. 

We’re also proudly certified by:

  • Soberlink
  • The National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers
  • CARF International

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, get in touch today. We can quickly verify your insurance through our simple online form, or you can schedule a free phone addiction assessment to see if we’re a good fit. 

In the end, the most important thing is that you find the right program to partner with for your recovery. And we’d love to be a part of yours.