Guests at Royal Life Centers enjoy three meals per day and have unrestricted access to a variety of snacks and beverages. Part of our multi-disciplinary approach toward fostering a healthful, healing environment entails catering to all facets of wellness including nutrition. When caught in the cycle of substance use disorder, many adopt unhealthy eating habits. In early recovery, guests are often completely devoid of the vitamins and nutrients essential to normal mental and bodily function.
Good nutrition in early recovery is essential, which is why we take care in preparing fresh, wholesome meals. Because substance dependence fundamentally changes eating patterns, we designed our menu to correct poor nutrition, malnutrition, and vitamin deficiency. Eating disorders are 11 times more likely to be seen in people with a substance use disorder than in people without one, according to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA).
Prolonged substance use often results in a series of digestive issues. Abuse of alcohol commonly results in vitamin and folic acid deficiency. Withdrawal from opioids typically involves diarrhea and vomiting, both of which can lead to dehydration. Stimulants like cocaine can often stifle appetite, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). With this in mind, we're especially careful to avoid processed foods, empty carbohydrates, and foods high in sugar and caffeine. Instead, we incorporate complex carbohydrates, proteins, healthy fats, fibers, and vitamins into the recipes that we serve.
According to the National Library of Medicine, a healthy and balanced diet can have many benefits. Specifically, repairing organ and tissue damage, increasing energy, improving mood and even reducing the risk of relapse. Our goal is to get guests on a sustainable dietary track. Following a suitable nutrition program that will help them learn and maintain healthy habits.
A well-developed culinary program that accommodates all dietary needs and restrictions is just one more way that we put guests first at Royal Life Centers. We are a full-service medical detox facility and treat dependence on alcohol, opioids, methamphetamine, cocaine, and benzodiazepines. Our admissions staff is available 24/7 at (877)-RECOVERY to answer any questions that you may have about our detox, dietary, or other programs.