- At the New York Center for Living, nutritional health is viewed as one of the major factors necessary for successful recovery from substance use disorders. As such, one of our goals is to make sure that our clients and their families are well educated about the latest findings pertaining to nutrition and recovery.
- We feel it is important that everyone associated with the New York Center for Living learn how to make proper nutritional choices in the setting of recovery, and that they have at least a basic understanding of the scientific underpinnings that inform our thinking.
- Studies indicate that unhealthy dietary habits can have a powerfully negative influence on the course of one's recovery. Today, one of the most prevalent nutritional problems among teenagers is the overconsumption of carbohydrate-rich foods, a behavior that is believed to be a major contributor to relapse with drugs and alcohol, as well as childhood obesity and diabetes.
- Findings also show that the illness of addiction has a clear negative impact upon a number of nutritional processes such as metabolism, food cravings and weight-management issues.
The New York Center for Living will instruct regarding nutritional guidelines for clients and their families as they navigate the challenges of recovery. We will outline areas where adolescents and young adults in recovery are nutritionally deficient, and provide information that will enable everyone to understand how to implement changes that are in line with the nutritional policies of the New York Center for Living. The nutritional health program was derived in part from the work of Jeffery Fortuna, Dr.P.H., a leading expert in the field of nutrition, particularly in adolescents and those in recovery.