The last thing on an addict’s mind while they are in the depths of addiction is self-care. Once an individual is ready to seek help and checks into a center, they are, more often than not, malnourished. Not only have they not actively kept up with proper nutrition, but in many cases, their body has also been ravaged by the alcohol or drug, which impacts the body’s ability to absorb nutrition from food.  When entering a recovery program, many issues must be addressed, including proper, healing nutrition.

First Steps

Begin a regular and consistent eating program. Chances are, a normal routine of eating at least three times per day was not adhered to prior to treatment. Getting the body used to having healthful food regularly in it is will start helping the body get used to breaking down the food and absorbing nutrients. Trying to establish a routine of three meals per day, or interval eating at three to four hours each day, can help the system immensely get back into rhythm. This will allow the body to trigger natural physiological signals once again that will make it is easier to determine when our body is full and nourished or when it is hungry and ready for nutrition.

The Right Balance

Not only is eating important and getting back into a routine essential, but making sure the food you eat is wholesome and healthful is also crucial. Balancing your meals with the appropriate ratios of nutrients will help your body recover and heal. Your daily mealsshould consist of carbohydrates, a bit of fiber to keep your system working, and of course, very high-quality proteins.  

Once your body is used to regular meals and is getting the adequate nutrients that you need to heal, it is going to tell you what it needs. It is important to listen to your body. When you are starting to feel full, slow down and maybe end your eating session so you don’t overeat. If you are very hungry, it has been too late for food for your body. Regular eating times will ensure that you get the food into your system before excess hunger kicks in, keeping you going like a well-oiled machine.

Process of Healing

The process of healing from addiction is all-encompassing. Every aspect of your life needs to be addressed and realigned in order to achieve the most healthful and full recovery possible. Your body and mind need to have the tools to work together and function properly so that you can continue to live a life of positivity and meaning. Finding a program that will give you all the resources you need to help you mend from the inside out is important.

Discovery Place is a treatment center in Tennessee that offers a full, well-rounded program for overall healing and wellness. Each level of restoration is addressed with almost unlimited resources to support you through the process. You can get better again with our from beginning to end through ourcare and long-term programs. Our soothing scenic country setting is a calm environment for your recovery. Contact us today at 1-800-725-0922 to learn more about how we can help you get better.


  • Discovery Place was the answer for my son. He did the 90 day and then the step down program and sober living. We give this organization 10 stars. They met my son where he was …emotionally, mentally, physically. They helped him put his life back on track. Discovery Place employees care about their guests. If your son, brother, nephew, grandson or husband needs excellent supportive care THIS is indeed the facility.

    Kim Morton
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  • I have remained sober and it is because of DP. DP is the best place there is, hands down. I keep everyone there in my prayers, and I encourage everyone there to take what they are practicing and do it in their lives, after.

    Roy Mantelli
  • Over the past year, I’ve been putting into actin what Discovery Place taught me, and I have experienced a complete perspective change of the world, and the people in it. I get to be a man of service and love today, and for that I am grateful to Discovery Place.

    Matt Kassay
  • Discovery Place means the world to me. They showed me the tools that I’ve tried to use everyday in my life to think less often of myself, and more frequently of others. I am learning to lend a hand when I am able and to have a honest and humble relationship with God and the people around me. Not only am I clean and sober, but also I am happy and fulfilled.

    Tommy Parker
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    Creed McClellan
  • When I got to Discovery Place my whole life was in shambles, but I didn’t know it. I spent 6 months in their programs, participating in all three phases, and was met with kindness and love all along the way. It is unbelievable to me, where I am now relative to where I was when I arrived at DP.

    Lance Duke
  • I can never say enough good things about Discovery Place and the people who work there. Before checking in to DP, I was out of options and out of answers. Fortunately, Discovery Place has a solution. Taking suggestions from the staff at DP saved my life, and as a result, I’m now more content and hopeful about life. I’m grateful for Discovery Place showing me how to live a healthy life so that I can become a better man and help the next guy.”

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