Seeking treatment for drug or alcohol addiction is challenging for many of our clients. When a person agrees to get help for their substance abuse issue, it may feel as though getting well means giving up any sources of pleasure, since drugs and alcohol will no longer be in the picture; but that is not the case. Through our treatment program, we show our clients that taking care of themselves includes healthy nutrition in rehab and that preparing and eating healthy and delicious meals is far from boring. It is something they can take pride in and tastes good. It’s even healthy to treat yourself every now and then!
Nutrition Often Neglected By Addicts
Addiction is not a disease that develops in those affected by it for no reason. In every instance, there is some type of underlying factor that made a person vulnerable to turning to a substance to help them tune out from or deal with emotional pain in their lives. The pull of the disease is so strong that it becomes the main motivation in an addict’s life and many times a person will neglect his or her diet in favor of eating junk food or skip meals entirely in order to focus on using or drinking.
Eating Well – A Priority In Addiction Treatment
Restoring clients’ physical health is one of the goals of our addiction treatment program, and this includes dealing with the issue of nutrition in rehab treatment. Clients are provided with well-balanced meals from the beginning so that they can start to feel better physically while they are going to group and individual therapy, 12-step programs and participating in activities that form part of their personalized treatment here at Maryland Recovery.
Proper Nutrition In Rehab Helps You Feel Better And Resist Cravings
People who feel better physically are better able to withstand stress and resist cravings that may tempt them to have a relapse, even as they are being taught tools to help them stay strong and committed to their goal of staying sober. Feeling better physically will lead to improved self-esteem as well as energy.
Giving oneself permission to have a treat like the below Peanut Butter Banana Quesadillas certainly can’t hurt. They are easy to prepare and delicious, with a good daily dose of protein and potassium, among other nutrients that your recovering body needs.
Peanut Butter Banana Quesadillas
Makes one serving:
1-8 inch whole wheat tortilla
1 Tbsp. natural peanut butter
1/2 medium banana
1 Tbsp. semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Spread the peanut butter over the surface of the tortilla.
- Slice the banana very thinly. Arrange the slices over half the tortilla. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the banana slices and fold the tortilla in half.
- Cook the quesadilla in a skillet over medium-low heat until it is golden brown and crispy on both sides. Serve immediately.
This type of treat goes well with coffee for a light snack or can be served as a dessert. It tastes so yummy you won’t even realize that it’s nutritious too.
Dr. Bhalavat is Board Certified in General Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine, and provides inpatient evaluation and consultation services at the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, University of Maryland Harford Memorial Hospital, Maryland Recovery Partners, and Citizens Care & Rehabilitation Center. Dr. Bhalavat’s background includes treatment of depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia spectrum disorders, bipolar disorder, substance abuse and dementia.