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Should I Take a Nutritional or Medical Approach to Addiction Treatment?

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Nutrition can be a powerful tool in the battle against addiction.

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Imagine you’re about to battle a three-headed dragon. Would you debate whether to take a grenade or a gun?

Of course not!

You would take both, right? And that’s exactly the same approach you should embrace when slaying the dragon of addiction. If there’s something that can help you, you’ll want that option to be available.

Putting aside our analogy for a moment, let’s take a look at how both nutrition and medically-assisted treatment can help you overcome addiction.

Substance Abuse and Nutrition

We see it all the time. People come to recover and think that, because they’ve given one thing up, everything else should be available to them—smoking, vaping, coffee, soda and unlimited junk food.

If that approach helped, every good treatment center in America would be lined with vending machines. Heck, there would probably even be an onsite donut maker.

But the fact is, giving up alcohol or drugs doesn’t mean you get to eat or do whatever you want. And here’s why: By the time they get to rehab, most people have pretty severe nutritional deficiencies. They won’t feel better until that’s fixed. And Oreos and Mountain Dew aren’t going to cut it.

It’s also true that nutrition plays an important role in mood—something that is sorely needed during rehab. Certain foods, like these, can help boost mood. Sugar highs, meanwhile, feel great for a few minutes but, as we all know, end with a crash.

Amino acids are also used in many treatment programs, thanks to their ability to boost mood and rebalance the brain.

How a Medical Approach to Treatment Can Help You

The first and most obvious benefit of medical treatment is that it can help you safely and more comfortably detox, especially from alcohol and opioids.

But there are still benefits after the detox period is over. Here’s a look at some of the common medical approaches used in treatment.

It’s important to note that every person is unique, and you may not end up needing medication-assisted treatment.

But, just like when battling a dragon, you’ll be glad it’s there in case you do.

Substance Abuse Treatment at The Raleigh House

The Raleigh House is a residential treatment center located in Denver that believes addiction isn’t just a physical problem. Our master’s level trained therapists get to the root cause of addiction and will help you develop a strategy to manage and enjoy life without drugs or alcohol, leveraging both nutrition and medication-assisted treatment.

Fill out our form or contact us today to learn more about our 90-day drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs.

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