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Healing Alcoholism Heals the Whole Body

The human body is an extraordinary network of systems that seamlessly work together to support life.  It is through the interdependencies of these systems that makes living possible for all humans.  Each system influences the health of others and when the health of one suffers, they all suffer. When alcohol is consumed addictively, the entire network of systems that make the human physical experience possible becomes toxic.  Yet, the same powerful systemic leverage becomes possible when an alcoholic chooses the health and vitality that is available through recovery.  

The process of restoration begins on the first day of recovery.  The body has innate wisdom to contend with environmental toxins.  During active alcoholism, the body is in an escalated state of toxin processing.  The resources necessary to mitigate the harm from alcohol takes away from the body’s ability to sustain vitality.  

The concept of cell death is key in healing from alcoholism.  The body has finite resources for processing material of all kinds.  When adding unnecessary material, especially of a toxic nature, all of the body’s cell matter is used at an accelerated rate.  The simple act of avoiding the ingestion of extraneous materials is supporting the body in its most optimal functioning.  

The liver and kidneys work together to detoxify the body.  They are designed to process naturally occurring environmental toxins.  When an alcoholic adds unnecessary toxins through excessive alcohol consumption, the body does not have capacity to deal with the cumulative toxins.   The simple act of reducing overall toxins empowers the body to eliminate more of the natural toxins, generating increased vitality for the entire system.  

When the liver and kidneys are restored, the body’s ability to adequately carry oxygen through the blood system is also restored.  This means that every cell in your body is breathing in a deeper, fuller way.  This is akin to a person realizing they have spent hours breathing short, shallow breaths.  Then, they choose to pause, close their eyes and take 10 full breaths.  They then experience physical, emotional and spiritual transformation through this deeper breathing.  The body of the recovering alcoholic experiences this same transformation.  

These are only a few examples of the interconnected systems and their capacity to heal through the cessation of alcohol consumption.  The body is inherently designed to heal itself and it is prepared to do this at any moment it is provided the opportunity.  


If you are struggling with addiction, alcoholism, and/or mental health, know that there is hope. There is a solution. Harmoniously fusing together the best elements of clinical care, holistic healing, and 12-step philosophy, Enlightened Solutions has created a program of total transformation for men and women seeking recovery. Call 833-801-5483 today for information on our partial care programs in New Jersey.

Can Food Reverse the Effects of Alcohol Damage?

Alcoholism usually isn’t accompanied by a healthy, balanced, and nutritious diet. Both unhealthy foods and excessive consumption of alcohol cause damage to the liver. Fatty foods are good for the brain and the rest of the body, but only if they are the right fats. Butter, cheese, heavy cream, certain animal fats, and meats are bad fats for the brain and body. Unfortunately, especially when under the influence of alcohol, they taste really good. People are inclined to believe that greasy, fatty, salty food aids in helping to “sober up”. Eating unhealthy fatty foods on a regular basis programs the brain to make poor food choices. As a result, the body gets used to unhealthy foods. Much like the cravings experienced with drugs and alcohol, the body craves fatty, greasy, salty foods- doing damage with every meal. Fatty liver disease, cirrhosis, cancer of the liver, and more, are the consequences of liver damage.

Can Food Reverse the Effects of Alcohol Damage?

Recovering from alcoholism is a physical process as much as it is a mental and spiritual one. Healing the body is of critical importance for successful long term recovery. To carry the burden of detox and ongoing withdrawal, the body needs to be strong. Emotional growth can be physically taxing. In order to sustain the early recovery emotional roller coaster, the body needs the nutrients, vitamins, and healthy fats necessary to function efficiently.

Here are some healthy foods and tips for reprogramming your eating in early recovery:

  • Garlic and Onions: These smelly vegetables have allicin which is (). When preparing garlic and onions, peel, then cut them up and let them stand for about ten minutes. Within that time they will naturally produce allicin. Eat raw or cook to taste.
  • Herbal and Mushroom Teas: tea is a great way to get in the herbal and plant-based supplement needed in a day. Up to four cups of tea a day is recommended. Try anise, reishi, ginger, fennel, or chamomile tea.
  • Tomatoes: Lypocene is () which is great for (). Eat tomatoes partially cooked with a minimal amount of added oil.
  • Avocados: Omega fatty acids help the brain produce essential amino acids which it needs to function. Amino acids only come from food, the brain doesn’t produce them on its own. Avocados are a great source of omega fatty acids. Eating tomatoes and avocados together boost their nutritional value and taste delicious. Avocado can be eaten in a number of ways, from by itself to in a popsicle.

Eating a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables, healthy protein and carbs is always recommended. Each person’s diet will be different and require accommodation. Enlightened Solutions offers individualized plans of care for patients in our partial, inpatient, and outpatient treatment programs. Each patient is given a dietary and nutritional plan. We offer education on diet and nutrition as well as practical life skill building for being in the kitchen at home. Enlightened Solutions welcomes men and women with addiction and co-occuring disorders.

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