Josh Chandler | April 20, 2021

The Importance of Nutrition in Recovery from Addiction

Why Good Nutrition Is Essential to Healthy Recovery From Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Many people don’t realize that a personalized treatment program and and healthy nutrition go hand-in-hand when overcoming an addiction to drugs or alcohol. Often, when a person suffers from an alcohol or drug addiction, they lose track of the importance of their nutrition. At our drug rehab, we emphasize the crucial role of a balanced diet in the recovery process. When you fuel your body and brain with healthy food during your recovery, you improve the possibility of genuinely working through every aspect of your recovery.

Common Nutrient Deficiencies in Addicts

Unfortunately, one of the consequences of addiction is poor nutritional health. It’s not uncommon for a person to develop certain deficiencies in connection with B-complex vitamins. Examples include issues with your folic acid levels, B12, or thiamine.

You may also suffer from a loss in certain minerals such as zinc and calcium. Part of the recovery process is to get you back on a healthy eating schedule that can help you improve these nutrient levels back to normal.

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Healthy Foods That Support Recovery

It’s important to remember that the best diet for your overall recovery and nutrition should include a combination of foods such as the following:

  • The “rainbow” of colorful fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Complex carbohydrates such as grains, vegetables, and fruits
  • Dairy products or calcium-rich food
  • Moderate proteins such as what is found in fish or meat
  • Healthy fats

Check Out These Healthy Restaurants in Los Angeles to Support Healthy Recovery

It’s understandable that you may not want to cook every night of the week. If you feel like grabbing a bite to eat in Los Angeles, you should consider stopping by one of these restaurants:

Powerplant Superfood Café

There is a common misconception that healthy food and comfort food don’t mix. Powerplant Superfood Café tried to go against the grain by providing a variety of vegan comfort food options. Indulge in a delicious BBQ cauliflower salad or a vegan fresh toast dish, and keep yourself nourished for the day.

5671 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019


Do you need a delicious yet healthy bite of food to eat for lunch or dinner? Give Sweetgreen a try. This restaurant is known for its vegan and salad options that are sure to fill you up. Whether you prefer to pick up your order or enjoy some of the outdoor eating options, this restaurant will give you a wide range of nutritious meals.

8055 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048


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Sugar Taco

Although you may not equate the name “Sugar Taco” with healthy eating options, that is precisely what you will find that this restaurant. Sugar Taco is open seven days a week between 12 PM and 9 PM. Their menu consists of vegan and Mexican food. From vegan tacos to carne asada burritos, there is no way that you will feel hungry at the end of your meal.

7257 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046


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California Chicken Café

Do you have a craving for chicken? Pick up a meal at California Chicken Café. Chicken is an excellent source of protein which makes it a great addition to your recovery meal plan. You can grab a bite to eat seven days a week. Check ahead for the hours as they do change.

6805 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Eat This Café

Any person will tell you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Eat This Café offers various options for breakfast and brunch, including avocado toast and crab cake benedict.

6547 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038


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Holistic Treatment at Muse Includes Nutrition

At Muse Treatment in Los Angeles, we understand the tremendous benefits of incorporating a healthy eating schedule into your overall treatment plan. We pride ourselves on providing you with the holistic care you need as you start to work your way through your recovery plan. When you are ready to take your first steps toward overcoming your addiction, please reach out to us at (800) 426-1818.

Josh Chandler
Josh Chandler
After growing up in Chicago and North Carolina, Josh chose to get help with substance use disorder and mental health in California because of the state's reputation for top-tier treatment. There, he found the treatment he needed to achieve more than five years of recovery. He's been in the drug and alcohol addiction rehab industry for four years and now serves as the Director of Admissions for Resurgence Behavioral Health. Josh remains passionate about the field because he understands that one phone call can alter the course of a person's life.

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