When many people are deciding which rehab facility will be ideal for their own situation, most consider features such as how close it is to their home and neglect to review their meal plans. While the menu choices may seem like more of an afterthought, dietary changes can make quite a difference when it comes to the recovery process.
At Free by the Sea, quality amenities are an important component of the healing experience we provide for our residents. All meals at our alcohol and drug treatment center are prepared on-site by a trained chef whose culinary skills were honed at some of the region’s finest restaurants. We also choose to purchase local ingredients for quality, freshness, and an authentic Northwest flavor.
Nutrition is exceptionally important throughout rehab and recovery. Some may not realize just how much of a strain their body will go through, and having an ideal diet plan will make the process easier and more efficient. One of the most common side effects of an ongoing addiction to drugs or alcohol is malnutrition. Ingested drugs will negatively impact organs throughout the body, and failing to eat healthy during your treatment will prolong the physical and emotional side effects of your addiction. The correct meal plans will not only help you begin to recover from any deficiencies, but it could also speed up the process of flushing out toxins during your detox.
One of the first and most important steps when entering into the drug and alcohol rehabilitation program is to receive an initial medical assessment. During this assessment, you can inform the counselor of any dietary restrictions. We understand some clients may have special dietary needs, and we are happy to craft menus that satisfy those restrictions. Our chef regularly prepares delicious and creative meals for vegetarian, vegan, and diabetic clients, as well as those restricted to a gluten-free diet.
We encourage you to speak with the counselor or nutritionist about your food preferences, allergies, and sensitivities that must be addressed. Any medical conditions that require changes in one’s diet should be covered as well.
Lifestyle Choices for the Future
Developing healthy eating habits is vital to the rehab process and should be carried over to your daily life when you return home. If there are any specific meals or ingredients that you have enjoyed, then take a moment to write them down so you can replicate these healthy snacks and meals at home. You also have the option to take classes in nutrition so you can continue to make smart choices once you are outside the facility.
If you happen to have any questions or concerns about your own dietary restrictions or our health programs, then please feel free to contact us today.