A nutritious diet provides much needed nourishment to support those in recovery, both mentally and physically. The inclusion of a healthy diet and nutritional education in addiction treatment programmes can increase the likelihood of successful and ongoing recovery.

The Importance of Nutrition

Alcohol and drug abuse takes important vitamins and minerals away from the body. A healthy, balanced diet improves organ function and digestion; it boosts the immune system; and it increases energy and mental alertness. This helps patients focus on their recovery, increases positivity, and reduces cravings.

Nutrition also plays an important role in mood. Changes in your diet can alter brain structure both chemically and physiologically, and influence your behaviour. The consumption of certain foods like fish, nuts and eggs has been tied to increased production of key neurotransmitters like serotonin, which enhances mood. Eating in a communal setting encourages social interaction which also lifts the mood and increases camaraderie between the patients.

Food at Castle Craig & Smarmore

Our professional catering team use wholesome, nutritious ingredients and prepare all dishes to the highest standards. We supply plenty of fresh fruit and healthy snacks throughout the day. We also cater for special diets on religious or medical grounds. The water in Scotland comes from our own private supply of pure Scottish spring water, which we bottle.