Nutritional Guidance

Some studies suggest that as many as 50% of the women suffering from alcohol and other drug addictions also struggle with some form of an eating disorder. That’s a staggering number. The goal of treatment is to prepare the client for life. We cannot claim to prepare the client if her disordered eating symptoms are not addressed and/or their inability to cook is holding them back from making healthy choices.

Eating disorders can be influenced by many factors including genetic, environmental, biological and psychological. Often the clients coming to us do not know which came first, the problems with their food or the problems with drugs. Either way, we are staffed to support all our clients in the exploration of themselves and their relationship to food. We are lucky to have a registered dietician as well as women who are in recovery from food related issues that can help find a path to healthy eating.

Because ongoing eating issues can cause physical harm as well as psychological harm we include an eating disorder assessment in our initial intake and continue to monitor for behaviors. We find that the clients who come to us are suffering emotional and mentally from their relationship with food and/or weight. Therefore, we attempt to normalize the feelings that result from this unhealthy relationship beginning with eating and cooking as a group.

Cooking Classes

Because Rising Roads takes great care to remain small our groups are therefore small as well. We have weekly nutrition classes, in addition to shopping preparation and cooking classes. The camaraderie of cooking together, gaining new skills, learning new recipes and enjoying the process is a positive move forward. We are aiming to fix old patterns and replace them with a healthy relationship with food. If the client feels they need additional help from our Registered Dietician, additional support will be arranged.

 

 

 

 

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