Nutrition & Wellness Therapy
Addicts will invariably have low levels of the neurotransmitter known as dopamine in their brains, which can partly genetic, but chronic substance abuse will also inhibit the brain’s ability to produce dopamine naturally. Over time, drug and alcohol abuse can lessen the amount of dopamine in circulation significantly.
The Dopamine Diet in Addiction Treatment
The dopamine diet helps to stabilise sugar levels and prevents the sugar spikes and troughs that can leave a person with low levels of energy and mood. As well as helping to repair the brain, this ground-breaking diet can also improve overall health.
During the early stages of recovery, it is common for addictive behaviour to transfer to food, pushing an addict towards overeating and craving the consumption of unhealthy high-sugar, high-carbohydrate meals. Research suggests that around 65% of all addicts gain weight during early recovery, with 20% of those going on to be classed as ‘obese’.
We trust in the dopamine diet at the Beach Rehab because it’s something that’s able to effectively regulate eating patterns and with restored dopamine function, the recovering addict is a lot less vulnerable to being drawn towards foods that can cause weight gain.
- Lean, organic meat and poultry
- Plenty of vegetables
- Most varieties of fruit
- Dairy products including cheese and yoghurt
- Wild-caught fish
- Nuts and seeds
- Whole wheat foods such as bread and pasta
- Whole grains including spelt, quinoa, farro, buckwheat and barley
Nutraceutical Therapy to Aid Recovery
Your chances of a successful recovery will be greatly enhanced using effective nutraceuticals addiction treatment which works to counteract a wide array of negative consequences for the brain. Rather than being afflicted by chemical imbalances that can lead to drug cravings, foggy thought, anxiety and depression, nutraceuticals can help a person feel calm and able to focus on their recovery.
We have carefully chosen only the most effective supplements for our nutraceutical therapy to aid recovery and when combined with the dopamine diet, your chances of success are improved significantly.
Studies have shown that people react very positively to being close to nature, especially when rivers, lakes and the sea is in close proximity. An exercise program that features the beach, the sea and green forests, like the program offered at the Beach in Hua-Hin, allows the mind to slow down and absorb the positive psychological effects being active in nature. Outdoor exercise causes the brain to release endorphins which help to reduce pain and enhance feelings of happiness and well-being. Outdoor exercise therapy is proven to decrease anxiety, reduce blood pressure and lift the mood.
Failure to exercise properly is common during active addiction, so the Beach Outdoor Therapy Program encourages our clients to make the very most of our idyllic location on the shores of the Gulf of Thailand every day they’re with us. Even when partaking in gentle exercise, our clients are able to build up their fitness, after what is often years of being sedentary. Our experts will provide you with a personal fitness plan and work with you, at your own pace, to help you reach your personal fitness goals.
- Beach walks
- Beachside Yoga
- Shoreline cycling
- Swimming in the sea or pool
- Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP)
- Hiking in pristine national parks
- Jungle runs
- Open-air Muay Thai (Thai boxing)
- Personal training in the gym
Stronger, Fitter, Happier
Directly, exercise helps to reduce insulin resistance, reduce inflammation and stimulate the production of new brain cells, whereas indirectly it improves mood, promotes restful sleep and reduces stress and anxiety. And when combined with our nutritious dopamine diet and nutraceutical supplements, the Beach’s Outdoor Therapy Program allows our clients to leave treatment feeling psychologically and physically fitter than they have in years.