The negative effect of alcohol on nutritional status has been well described. Most hospitals have protocols in place to deal with the known issues surrounding alcoholism, such as intravenous thiamine administration. Meanwhile, illicit drug-induced malnourishment is largely unknown.
However, David A. Wiss, MS, RDN, CPT, has spent several years following the research related to polysubstance abuse as well as individual substances including opiates, cocaine, methamphetamine, as well as alcohol and other commonly abused substances. Each substance is associated with distinct pathology and some are associated with preference for specific types of foods. With his extensive research and studies, Mr. Wiss is an expert at conducting detailed nutrition assessments on individuals with a history of drug abuse.
How long does a Nutrition Intervention take?
A successful nutrition intervention begins with a comprehensive intake which takes up to 60 minutes. With this information and all health records including recent lab tests if applicable, Mr. Wiss will begin recommending dietary changes accompanied by counseling, education, and effective strategies for overcoming obstacles and barriers. Some individuals may require a “Supermarket Tour” or a hands-on nutrition session. Each individual has special needs that will be met. Need lab testing? Let’s talk about if it is clinically appropriate.
Nutrition Interventions usually require a minimum of five sessions however many individuals find that they require weekly meetings until they are fully confident in their ability to nourish themselves on a daily basis.
- Read more about Hands-on Nutrition for Addiction Recovery
- Listen to an interview with David Wiss MS RDN on RadioMD
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