Food & Nutrition

Staying Strong & Healthy

Nutrition is not forgotten of, our patients our kept satiated to stay strong in their treatment.

Nutrition plays a significant role in the recovery process, and at Castle Craig, it’s just one aspect of our comprehensive care programme. The dining room is where residents will eat a variety of wholesome, nutritious, and delectable meals, prepared with the utmost care to support their physical and mental revitalisation. Our menu is thoughtfully created to cater to diverse dietary needs and preferences, ensuring each patient is well-nourished to face the challenges of recovery with strength and vitality.

Food and Nutrition at Castle Craig 

Meals are served communally in our Dining Room. Patients with mobility issues or those requiring supervision may eat in the Castle. Patients in isolation for any reason will have their meals served in their room.

Patients are asked to select menu choices each week and can choose from a very varied breakfast, offering cereals, pastries, cold meats and cheeses, fresh fruit and a hot option. Lunches include soup, and hot and vegetarian options, and dinners include a dessert as well.

Patients also enjoy an evening snack of cheese and biscuits or similar at 21:00.

Dietary/Religious Requirements

Part of the pre-admission process is to identify allergies or dietary requirements, which are then confirmed during your admission. The kitchen is then notified and will provide vegetarian, vegan, halal, coeliac or gluten-free meals as required.

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Nutrition & Addiction Treatment: Why It’s So Important

Recovery from addiction is a process that encompasses the mental, emotional, and physical well-being of each patient. While special attention is given to psychological and emotional support, the role of nutrition is not ignored at Castle Craig. Proper nutrition is crucial in improving physical health and mental health and increasing the chances of long-term recovery. Here’s why nutrition is a cornerstone in addiction treatment.

1. Repairing Physical Health:

Addiction often leads to a deterioration of physical health, including malnutrition, weight issues, and chronic diseases. Nutrient-rich foods help repair the damage caused by substances, replenishing vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that strengthen the immune system, improve organ function, and promote overall well-being.

2. Enhancing Mental Health:

The brain’s structure and function are profoundly affected by addiction. Nutritional therapy can restore cognitive functions, improve mood, and reduce anxiety and depression. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and essential vitamins contribute to neurological repair and mental health stability.

3. Boosting Energy Levels:

Many people in recovery experience energy fluctuations. A balanced diet that includes an adequate intake of proteins, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates can stabilise energy levels, promoting physical activity and engagement in treatment processes.

4. Reducing Cravings:

Certain foods can help mitigate cravings for substances. For instance, foods rich in protein can stabilise blood sugar levels, reducing the desire for alcohol or drugs. Hydrating the body with adequate fluids also plays a role in curbing cravings.

5. Supporting Emotional Well-being:

A well-nourished body supports emotional stability. Vitamins and minerals found in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains contribute to the biochemical processes that improve mood and emotions, making it easier for you to cope with the emotional aspects of recovery.

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