Why Should I Worry About my Diet in Early Recovery?

There is a saying in the rooms of 12-step recovery: “when you get sober, the only thing that you need to change is everything.” This is because our lives previously centered around supporting our substance abuse, and the habits formed out of necessity for this motivation are neutral at best and horribly damaging at worst. One area of our lives which often suffers at the hands of our addiction is our diet, as regular meals with healthy components are super ceded by our desire for our substance of choice. Now that you are living in sobriety, you should strive to form healthy eating habits and improve your diet, as healthy eating will contribute to your recovery in several ways.

First, our diet has a direct impact on our well-being in so many ways, among other things contributing to our energy levels and quality of sleep. Many people in early recovery struggle in both of these areas as a result of PAWS, or Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome. Anything you can do to improve your energy during the day and the restfulness of your sleep at night is highly recommended, and a healthy diet is one way to improve in these areas. At Evolutions, our holistic approach to addiction treatment understands the importance of a healthy diet in recovery, which is why we offer clients access to a licensed nutritionist in order to help them get on track in their eating habits.

Your diet also plays a vital role when it comes to your body’s ability to filter and remove toxins, which is important in the early stages of recovery as you are still purging chemicals introduced during your active addiction. Many of our drugs of choice are fat-soluble compounds, meaning they build up in our system over time and will take time to fully eliminate from our bodies. It is likely that in your active addiction you were eating lots of processed foods containing a great deal of fats and sugars. The combination of this unhealthy diet and your regular substance use all but guarantees you have a substantial buildup of toxins in fat cells formed during active addiction. A healthy diet is a major component to weight loss, and burning off these recently formed fat cells will release the toxins so your body can filter and remove them.

Forming healthy habits should be a priority for you in early recovery, as they will contribute to your stability in sobriety and improve your health and well-being. As your body and mind continue to adjust to life without intoxicants, your diet plays a crucial role in their ability to recover and stabilize in these new conditions. Eating regular, well-rounded meals can make a world of difference when it comes to your energy levels, sleep quality, and immune system health, which is an important consideration as we continue to experience the coronavirus pandemic. At Evolutions, we know the importance of establishing a healthy diet in recovery, and provide our clients the tools to achieve all their recovery goals including healthy eating. If you are ready to get sober and change your life, call our Admissions Counselors at 833-818-3031 and let us help you succeed in sobriety!


Evolutions is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center located in beautiful South Florida. Our holistic approach to addiction treatment centers around addressing and healing the underlying issues at the root of addiction, rather than merely medicating symptoms away.

Our treatment program includes individual and group-based therapy to help clients understand and manage their symptoms and emotions.

If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction, alcoholism, or any co-occurring disorders please call us at (833) 818-3031 or visit www.evolutionstreatment.com