The Role of Nutrition & Fitness In Recovery
Lifestyles of Addicts
Lifestyles often associated with addiction consist of poor eating patterns, lack of proper exercise, and irregular sleep patterns. These factors compound to result in a greater risk for relapse. The consumption of nutrient-dense foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fish provide the basics of a healthful diet and will assist the recovering addict in his appropriate management of stress and healthy sleep patterns. Consuming regular meals and snacks, while increasing physical activity can improve the recovering addict's chances for long-term recovery.
In fact, when the substance abuse population has participated in nutrition counseling and fitness programs, their three-month sobriety rates have significantly improved. Just as patients with disorders such as diabetes or heart disease receive nutrition and fitness education to help manage their diseases, patients dealing with substance abuse disorders should also have nutrition and fitness education and counseling that speaks to their specific risk factors and increases their chances of long-term recovery.
Pantry & Community Meals Program
Our CJO House Pantry was built because we strongly believe that an individual recovering from the effects of substance abuse, must have with balanced, calorically appropriate meals. This may be difficult to attain during the initial stages of recovery but should be targeted as a primary goal in the early stages of recovery.
We do not want our residents to go to bed hungry, EVER. This can happen for a variety of reasons. Sometimes a resident may be unable to travel to the grocery store or he may be without the necessary skills to plan and prepare a healthy meal. Other times an unexpected bill can leave a resident without the funds needed to purchase the ingredients at the grocery store.
We initially obtained funding from Walmart for the construction materials needed to build out our pantry as well as the funding needed to purchase an additional refrigerator and freezer for storage. We continue to reach out to our local sponsors to obtain ongoing funding to support this program. We are also pursuing membership in a food bank to reduce the cost of our food purchases.
We are making every effort to keep out pantry stocked while also helping residents to learn the skills necessary to prepare a healthy diet rich with nutrient-dense foods. Our goal is to assist our residents in preparing multiple CJO House Community Meals from the stock in our Pantry each week so our residents are never lacking in nutrition. We want our residents to stay focused on their recovery and be successful every step of the way.