What is it about?

Opioid addiction can have serious nutritional implications. It can cause metabolic changes, constipation, and weight loss, or lead to a lifestyle that results in inadequate food intake and unhealthy eating patterns.

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Why is it important?

Addiction providers tend to give little attention to the nutritional implications of opioid addiction. Nutritional interventions are rarely incorporated into treatment plans. This article has the potential to serve as a guide for drug treatment providers to make more informed nutritional recommendations to their clients.


I hope this article is helpful for drug treatment providers and can assist rehabilitation programs in their efforts to treat opioid addiction more holistically. Treatment programs may wish to consider the issues raised in this paper before launching nutritional programs at their facility.

Khary Rigg
University of South Florida

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This page is a summary of: Nutritional implications of opioid use disorder: A guide for drug treatment providers., Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, September 2020, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/adb0000575.
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