When it comes to recovery supplements and nutrition, there are things that you can do to benefit your overall wellbeing while your body heals from addiction. You’ll actually find that many treatment centers like Discovery Institute Rehab in NJ offer classes for the right foods to eat. And, in addition to medication, you will most likely be prescribed a regimen of vitamins and supplements as well.

The Best Recovery Supplements and Nutrition You Can Take

When in treatment, listen to your doctor. They’ll help you to figure out the most appropriate medications, supplements, and nutrition to aid in your recovery. Most rehabs offer a plethora of food and snacks for you to eat throughout the day. Contrary to popular belief, this isn’t just so that you gain some weight back. It’s meant to help make your body stronger and healthier meal by meal.

When a person is addicted to drugs and/or alcohol, the body becomes depleted of the most important nutrition needed to function properly. This can affect everything from a person’s metabolism and digestive system to the liver and brain. The body’s overall function will be slower, and the person will feel lethargic and dull.

When an addict starts to sober up, they’ll first go through a period of detox that is important to do in a medically supervised environment. The first few days might be uncomfortable and they won’t feel like eating too much, but the reason a medically supervised environment is so good is that we give our clients appropriate medication to alleviate the worst of their symptoms.

Once Detox is Over, The Focus Is On Health

Once the first week or so of detox is over, the focus is shifted to regaining energy and building strength. Addiction causes chemical imbalances that can be healed with nutritional therapy and recovery supplements.

Some of the most beneficial vitamins for addiction recovery include:

  • Minerals. Often we see clients who are deficient in many key minerals that help their body function well. Commonly, they will be deficient in zinc, calcium, iron, and potassium. All of these help the body to function better and cleanse itself of the abuse that addiction causes.
  • Vitamins. In addiction treatment, your doctor will most likely prescribe to you a multivitamin. Other common ones for your best health will are the B vitamins, and vitamin A and C. All of these will improve your body’s overall health, and specifically with digestion, vision, healing, and cellular function.
  • Amino acids. These have been shown to actually reduce cravings. Specific aminos are best suited for specific drug addiction, so talk to your doctor about what the best options might be for you.

Always remember that taking recovery supplements is great, but the key is to eat a healthy and balanced diet. And, more than anything else, make sure to stay sober and away from any temptations that could hinder your recovery.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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