Research evidence that healthy eating supports recovery from addiction and its common co-occurring illnesses. At Oasis Recovery Communities Runcorn we provide each patient with an introduction to a healthier lifestyle as part of their rehabilitation. This means starting with the basics such as personal hygiene and healthy eating.
Addiction and mood disorders lead to years of neglect of the body and its basic nutritional needs. Alcoholics and drug users that undergo treatment with us have often reached a point, prior to rehab, where the drink or drug becomes their “everything”, even their food. This wreaks havoc in their body and leads to nutritional deficiencies, compromised immune system and gastrointestinal problems. They become weak and physically unwell. A healthy body supports the cultivation of a healthy mind; we, therefore, show our patients how to take care of themselves. This starts with putting the right nutrients in to assist and maintain physical recovery. Physical rehabilitation alongside mental rehabilitation is a must for any addict seeking long-term recovery from active addiction.
All of our meals during the day are prepared daily from fresh ingredients by our qualified in-house chef. Our chef takes into account possible nutritional imbalances and accounts for this in our healthy eating plan. Our Doctor is also likely to prescribe additional vitamins to help repair the brain, often damaged through active addiction. Our meals are both delicious and nutritious and are designed to support the individual’s physical and mental rehabilitation. Our food is enjoyed by all of our residents, just because it is balanced and healthy certainly does not mean it is tasteless and boring! By eating healthily, our patients start to look better and feel better; they have more energy and improved concentration and sleep.
During the evenings we encouraged community unity and living, so clients are encouraged to prepare healthy meals for themselves and for others to enjoy. This will be overseen to ensure that all clients’ nutritional needs are met. It is important that clients are not mollycoddled, as this does not serve them in the real world. Once out of treatment they have to be able to provide and look after themselves. Many that come to us, have never learned self-care, so we make it a priority to install the basics of self-care, so they can look forward to a healthier and brighter future
Those with specific nutritional requirements and eating disorders will be very carefully monitored to ensure they are eating a balanced diet without resorting to destructive behaviours. In our safe and supportive environment, it is much easier for them to adapt to this and take it on board as part of their recovery and as part of a new and healthier lifestyle.
As well as having a varied daily menu, patients can choose from a selection of our snacks and drinks that are available throughout the day and evening. For those with specific dietary needs and requirements, we will make every effort to meet them.
If you have any questions relating to our food, your requirements and its preparation please call and speak to a member of our team.