• Residential Treatment

    Residential Treatment

    With access to an alcohol and drug-free living environment - successful recovery is possible.
    Individuals trying to abstain are more successful in a residential treatment setting.
    With access to an alcohol and drug-free living environment - successful recovery is possible. Individuals trying to abstain are more successful in a residential treatment setting.

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  • Activities for Fun

    Activities for Fun

    A common misconception between addicts is that "My life will be over when I quit!"
    The Haven opens possibilities by teaching individuals how to have fun sober.
    A common misconception between addicts is that "My life will be over when I quit!"
    The Haven opens possibilities by teaching individuals how to have fun sober.
  • Build Healthy Relationships

    Build Healthy Relationships

    A key component to long term sobriety is healthy relationships.
    The Haven facilitates building relationships based on boundaries and helping others who are in need.
    A key component to long term sobriety is healthy relationships.
    The Haven facilitates building relationships based on boundaries and helping others who are in need.
  • Lake Powell

    Lake Powell

    Each year The Haven takes Alumni, Residents and others in the community to
    Lake Powell all of whom share a common goal to stay sober.
    Each year The Haven takes Alumni, Residents and others in the community to
    Lake Powell all of whom share a common goal to stay sober.

Get Your Life Back

The Haven offers both residential treatment and sober living programs for men and women struggling with addiction to drugs and alcohol. All of The Haven's facilities are conveniently located near downtown Salt Lake City, within walking distance of UTA TRAX and the University of Utah. Individuals needing help to stay sober find extra support with The Haven's Sober Living Program. While residents work on the skills needed to live alcohol and drug-free, The Haven Alumni show residents that life without drugs and alcohol can be fun and exciting. The Haven has been has been a leader in treating substance misuse disorders in Utah since 1969. Recovery from alcohol and substance abuse is possible.

The Impact of Diet and Nutrition on Substance Abuse Recovery

nutrition recoveryOne of the most overlooked aspects in addiction recovery is nutrition, and more importantly malnutrition. Most alcoholics and addicts arrive to residential treatment completely deprived of nutrients the body needs to heal. The first goal most residential treatment centers aim for is simply getting food into their bodies, so they provide consistent daily meals. 50 percent of addicts/ alcoholics are deficient in vitamins C and D, while 50 percent are deficient in iron, vitamin A and E. Often times however, addicts will replace drug and alcohol use with sugar and caffeine, which actually causes more harm than healing. Alcohol and drugs actually keep the body from properly absorbing and breaking down nutrients, as well as getting rid of toxins.

As our brains are made mostly of fat, healthy fats need to be consumed in order to start the healing of the brain damage caused by chronic substance abuse. Only fat contains more calories per gram than alcohol. So while using alcohol and consuming little food, false signals are sent to the brain that it is full when it is not. This becomes a serious issue when the alcoholic stops drinking. The brain goes into starvation mode, and craves sugar first, as alcohol is mostly made up of sugar. Many women with substance abuse problems also suffer from eating disorders, the “empty calories” alcohol provided led to poor eating habits and malnutrition.

The basis of recovery is learning how to change negative behaviors into positive ones, and learning how to make healthy lifestyle choices. So learning how to make healthy food choices is a vital piece to achieving this all around, healthy and balanced way of life. Newly recovering addicts are already struggling with cravings to use alcohol and drugs. To replace these cravings with only sugar and caffeine, also addictive drugs, is just trading one addiction for another. Research has shown that a diet with the right types protein, healthy fats, and nutrient dense carbohydrates can make a huge difference in the recovery process. Foods greatly affect moods; sugar and caffeine are big contributors to mood swings, and should be avoided or limited in the early stages of recovery.

Alcohol and drug abuse prevents the body from making two vital amino acids, tyrosine and tryptophan. These two amino acids are responsible for producing three very important neurotransmitters: dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine. These compounds are essential for mental clarity, and emotional stability; decreased levels of these neurotransmitters have a greatly negative effect on mood, behavior, and proper sleep. Proper diet and vitamin intake, such as omega-3’s will help greatly. It is recommended that three well balanced meals, and two to three healthy snacks is an appropriate recovery diet. This is a lot of information to take in at first, when staying sober is a big enough job. It is important however, to get information of how the foods and chemicals you put in your body once sober, are either helping or hindering your growth and recovery.

The Impact of Diet and Nutrition on Recovery

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FAX: 801-596-2240
EMAIL: info@havenhelps.com
ADDRESS: 974 E. South Temple
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