Nutritional Therapy

Nourishing the body and the mind

Our Nutritional Therapy Approach

Nutritional Therapy is an approach to health that treats the whole person, using nutrients from natural foods and supplements to nourish the body in order to support it’s innate capacity to heal.

It is through supporting the body’s natural capacity to heal, that some of the underlying biological root causes of addiction can be addressed. In active addiction, nutrient deficiencies are common, and often contribute to symptoms such as anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances and chronic pain. The intensity of these symptoms can vary greatly, depending on the duration and the type of substance used, the extent of the physical damage, and the depth of nutritional deficiencies.

While traditional medicine tends to treat the symptoms alone, holistic nutrition treats the whole person by addressing the underlying psychological and physiological imbalances and deficiencies creating the symptoms.

At Canadian Health Recovery Centre (CHRC) we provide our clients advanced nutritional support, education, and bio-individual orthomolecular supplementation. CHRC’s orthomolecular treatment model helps to reduce cravings and improve neurotransmitter function – allowing for greater focus in individual counselling sessions and group therapy, and paving the way for talk therapy to be more effective.

Our model takes the principles of orthomolecular supplementation to support the body on a biochemical level and incorporates them with the principles of holistic nutrition to provide proper nourishment through foods.

Up until recently, nutrition has been the missing piece in mental health treatment.”

– Dr. Leslie Korn, Rhythms of Recovery: Trauma, Nature and the Body

Holistic Nutrition

The body and mind are connected. Treating the whole person—not just the addiction—is often the missing link between addiction and recovery.

Some people are predisposed to addiction on a biochemical level. Drug and alcohol use cause damage to the organs, muscles, and cells. Nutritional therapy can help address this damage and begin a process of cellular rebalancing, which can aid addiction recovery. CHRC has found that treating the biochemical conditions related to substance use—in combination with group counselling and individual psychotherapy—leads to better results for our clients.

We’ve developed a specialized nutrition program—Nutrition in Recovery—that reflects our holistic approach to recovery. The program includes delicious, chef-prepared, whole-food meal plans that help stabilize mood and blood sugar. Each client also receives a customized preparation of nutritional supplements based on their bloodwork results. The goal is to address biochemical imbalances that can lead to compulsive substance use and relapse.

Our program helps rebalance and support the body’s innate capacity to heal. This provides the foundation for physical and emotional health and better brain function. Our clients report greater mental clarity, better emotional regulation, improved ability to focus, and more energy with our nutrition program. And when clients feel better mentally and emotionally, complementary treatments like individual therapy and group counselling are more effective.

At CHRC we provide advanced nutritional services and education.

Supplemented by bio-individual orthomolecular treatment, we utilize laboratory data, a specialized diet, and nutritional supplements to facilitate optimal results for every client. Some of the underlying biochemical issues we address include:

  • Anxiety
  • Mood Disorders
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Adrenal fatigue
  • Fatty liver / cirrhosis
  • Digestive disorders / gut healing
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Insomnia / sleep disturbances
  • Inflammation / chronic pain
  • Nutrient deficiencies
  • Blood sugar imbalances / hypoglycemia
  • Food Intolerances
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Nutrition Therapy Program at CHRC

Orthomolecular support

Orthomolecular medicine is a guiding principle for CHRC that puts into practice the understanding that illness can be treated and prevented by creating the optimal molecular environment for cells through natural supplementation. Personalized nutritional protocols are individually designed based on each client’s unique lab results, symptoms, stress profile, and personal/medical history. For clients wanting to further their knowledge of their own health, testing such as comprehensive genetic analysis, food sensitivity testing, and male hormone wellness panels are available at an additional charge.

Nutritional psychology

Modern diets lacking key nutrients directly affect the structure and function of the brain and the “gut-brain”. Nutritional psychology addresses mental health in the context of nutritional excesses and deficiencies as an important piece of the puzzle when understanding how nutrition impacts mood, stress resilience, inflammation, energy, sleep, cognition, and behaviour. While the inner working of the digestive system is well known for its role in helping to digest food, it also helps to guide emotions, through the production of neurotransmitters like serotonin that help regulate sleep, appetite, and mood.


As part of the nutrition program at CHRC, our clients attend weekly nutrition groups that empower them with a greater understanding of their own health and how food, stress, lifestyle, and environmental factors influence their well-being. Nutrition groups are designed to give practical tools and information that provide our clients with a better understanding of the link between nutrition and long-lasting recovery. Small-scale group cooking classes are also offered to our clients during their stay. During these hands-on, interactive classes, clients are invited to step into the kitchen and learn to craft their cooking skills utilizing whole, natural, unprocessed foods.

Gut-brain connection

The gastrointestinal tract is lined with a hundred million nerve cells or neurons. The function of these neurons and the production of neurotransmitters are highly influenced by the good bacteria in the “gut-brain”, also known as the microbiome. These microbiomes play a vital role in mental health by activating the neural pathways that travel directly between the gut and the brain. Nutritional psychology understands that there are many correlations between not only what you eat, how you feel, and ultimately how you behave, but also the kinds of bacteria that live in and influence the gut.

Laboratory testing

At CHRC, laboratory blood testing allows our nutritionists to look at what is going on under the surface and allow our clients to discover why mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, insomnia, and addiction may be happening. Our nutritionists assess and analyze key markers of health to determine an individualized treatment plan based on a client’s unique biology.

A person low in amino acids, for example, will have impaired neurotransmitter function and under the guidance of our orthomolecular nutritionist, these imbalances will be restored. An individual with compromised liver function from chronic alcoholism will require supplements that help facilitate liver regeneration and detoxification, while someone with opiate addiction will require rebound pain management and neurological support. All will benefit from the foundation of optimal nutritional support.

Whole food diet

Food affects all aspects of our being, including our brain and mental well-being – at CHRC our meals are carefully crafted by our Nutritionists and Therapeutic Chef. Our clients are offered natural, nutrient-dense, whole foods while eliminating common food allergens and processed foods to reduce inflammation and allow the body to repair.

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