I recently had an opportunity to meet a resident at the women’s home I work at. She is not my regular client but I have known her to have many health problems and major mental health issues that she’s heavily medicated for. She has been in and out of treatment programs for over a decade and was shocked to hear that there were opportunities to address her addiction nutritionally. She recently experienced a “minor emergency “scare that made her realize she needed to consider meeting with me.
Her complaints were:
She’s been gutting her way through the intense pull of addiction to drugs and alcohol for years but now knowing that sobriety for her is “do or die” had put her into a place where she felt hopeless.
As we discussed her eating habits, I was able to explain to her why her starve/binge eating habits and junk food diet was negatively impacting her mental health as well as likely the root problem as to why her medication doesn’t seem to be working. After a little over an hour conversing about the basics of how to eat to support her recovery, she had a new sense of hope, and a clear strategy to move forward.
I heard from her accountability coach the next morning about how motivated she is now in her recovery and optimistic for her health just within that hour of our initial visit.