When it comes to recovering from substance use and mental health conditions, nutrition plays a significant role. Patients often arrive in treatment with bodies and minds that have endured the toxicity of drug and alcohol use. Unhealthy or irregular eating habits have likely contributed to and even perpetuated a person’s level of impairment. Eating healthy meals — and learning how to care for your body — is instrumental in achieving long-term wellness. 

Emphasizing Nutrition and Wellness in Recovery

“Food is so much more than food,” explains Chef James Quandt. “It’s energy, it’s nutrients, it helps you replenish your body. What we put into our body is what we’re going to get out of our body, so we like to put very energizing and nourishing items into our system.” 

For most of our patients, this requires a perspective shift: Instead of seeing the body as a thing to be used or simply to medicate, a person begins to see the body as a vessel to respect, nourish, and care for. One cannot neglect the body and expect to function successfully. This is one reason why we make nutrition and wellness a focal point The Meadows Malibu.

Chef James at Broad Beach Recovery Center

It’s more than just serving healthy, delicious food. “We have a nutritionist who comes in and does an incredible group every week,” says Executive Director Cassandra Copperfield, “and we have a private chef here every day. Our chef will take patients to the farmers’ market, will teach them to cook, if that’s what they’d like. He even has a garden outside.”

Our chef takes into consideration not only our patients’ dietary needs and restrictions, but also their personal preferences and requests. He cooks with organic, non-GMO foods and utilize the yield from the garden as much as possible.

The Meadows Malibu - kitchen

“We believe that everyone at their core is well, and we hope to point our patients to that health, and bring it out while they’re here.”

Cassandra Copperfield
Executive Director

A Positive Cycle of Feeling Better

As a patient detoxes and begins eating healthy, regular meals, he or she begins to experience the replenishing and restorative properties of food. His or her body will begin to balance, regulate, and heal itself. While this process takes time — and may still require assistance from certain non-habit forming medications or supplements — a patient can start to enjoy greater function and clarity. 

Physical wellness allows patients to participate more readily in therapy, mindfulness practices, and community. This creates a positive cycle of feeling better as well as momentum to keep going.

Finding Wellness Through Treatment at The Meadows Malibu

If you or a loved one needs treatment for substance abuse or co-occurring mental health conditions, please get in touch with our team today. We take a very customized approach to each patient’s recovery, even creating individual schedules for every person, every day. Our treatment protocol is backed by extensive research and proven practices that offer patients the best chance at long-term health and wellness. We treat patients with the dignity and respect they deserve, helping them to form healthy habits and take ownership of their recovery process. We would love to speak with you about our program and how to get started. 

“Something that really sets us apart is the feeling of this place,” says Copperfield. “There’s just a warm, loving energy here. We really care, and you feel that the second you walk through the doors.” 


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