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The Connection Between Nutrition and Addiction Recovery


Last year, my friends Muriel Angot and Andrew Lessman wrote a book on organic soups and gave it to me.  The recipes in this book profoundly influenced the way that I eat, and so I asked the chefs at my treatment center to use it when they prepare their meals.  For quite some time now, Cliffside has been using Andrew’s Favorite Soups for Wellness and Weight-Loss to prepare an all natural vegetable puree with every lunch and dinner.

A couple of weeks ago, Muriel gave me her second cookbook, Healthy Veggies Made Delicious – Cruciferous, Leafy Greens and More, and I have begun to incorporate the recipes in this book into my daily diet and the Cliffside Malibu menu just as I had with the previous ones.  So I figured it was time to give credit where credit is due to these people who have influenced not only the way I eat, but the way my recovering clients eat as well.

We cannot underestimate the role that healthy nutrition plays in early recovery.  Have you ever seen a healthy looking drug addict? Most who come to treatment eat irregularly, and when they do eat, the food they choose is quick and cheap, often fast or junk food. Most addicts are not focused on sitting down to balanced meals with leafy greens and fresh fruit, to give themselves the vitamins, minerals, and energy that a healthy body needs.  That is why, in early recovery, one of the therapeutic interventions we use at Cliffside is orthomolecular therapy, which focuses on restoring cellular function through nutritional modification and supplementation.