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Malnutrition and Recovery From Addiction



As someone who is suffering from addiction falls under its devastating grasp, they often lose interest in other areas of their life and may pay very little attention to their health. Malnutrition can often be a symptom of addiction as it takes over the addict’s life. It is unlikely an addict who is primarily concerned with their habits can have the time to also look after their health properly. An alcoholic or drug addict may not eat for days at a time as the effects of their addiction make them less hungry or feel like they are unable to eat.

Physical health

Malnutrition can make the rehabilitation process more complicated. Someone who is malnourished will have a weakened immune system and may be more prone to infection or viruses. From the body’s basic functions being affected to digestive problems or skin breakouts, when the body does not receive adequate nutrition recovery can be more difficult.

Other health problems caused by malnutrition include alopecia, tooth decay, and can even damage a woman’s fertility causing her periods to stop. Malnutrition and man can result in impotence and testicles shrinkage. If malnutrition caused by addiction continues over a long period of time then the damage to health can be irreversible.

A new start

When someone starts a rehabilitation program it is imperative that their diet is overhauled. Health professionals treating addiction will help devise a nutritious and healthy diet plan to help regain strength and reverse the damaging effects that addiction has on the body. Supplementation may be required with vitamin supplements. Sometimes even medication may be used to help the recovering addicts regain appetite and help restore the body to a healthier state. Inadequate nutrition can also lead to fatigue and depression and it can become part of a vicious cycle that may delay recovery.

Treating malnutrition in rehabilitation

If you or someone you know suffering from addiction thence help should be sought immediately to help minimize the devastating impacts a destructive habit can have on the body. It is very difficult for some wanted recover from addiction alone and professional help is often needed. Indeed, in certain cases stopping without medical supervision is not recommended. For example, I heavy drinker who suddenly stops drinking can place their body into a state of shock as the body struggles to function without the alcohol intake it is so used to.

Stopping drinking suddenly can prove fatal in some circumstances so withdrawal from any substance should always be overseen by a medical professional. Sometimes the only way to do this is to undertake a course of residential rehabilitation where there is 24-hour care and supervision. In a residential rehabilitation treatment center, all aspects of the addiction are treated.

It can be easy in these circumstances to break the physical addiction, but it is a psychological part that requires more work. Any attempt to recover from addiction without counseling and therapy is not likely to succeed as addiction is primarily and mental health concern.