What Hygiene Practices Do You Need for Treatment?

Drugs stink, and they have a way of making their users stink too.  When a person is caught in an addiction their personal hygiene can often take a backseat to their drug of choice.  In some cases, the substance abused may even contribute to an increased odor:  methamphetamine and other stimulants can cause excessive perspiration leading to an increase in body odor while the smell of alcohol can seep out of an alcoholics pores the day after drinking.

 Part of your treatment plan will focus on being reintroduced to some basic hygiene practices that may have been neglected while suffering from an addiction.

Addicts can go days without bathing.  Like any other habit, the habit of no

Regular Bathing

t bathing will take a focused effort to change.  While in treatment you will learn the importance of regular bathing.  

A habit of regular bathing will help protect you from falling victim to any infections and illnesses.  Studies have shown that a warm bath or shower can also reduce stress and help with insomnia.  A regular bathing habit is a great way to benefit both your mental and physical health.

Dental Hygiene

Heavy use of drugs and alcohol can cause some pretty serious problems for your mouth.  Many drugs cause the salivary glands dry up and lead to excessive dry mouth.  This loss of moisture can lead to bad breath, gum disease, and tooth decay.

 The grinding that also comes along with using some drugs can increase the damage caused.  While in recovery you will learn dental hygiene habits that may be able to correct some of the problems already caused and also prevent any further damage.  

Nutritional Hygiene

When suffering from an addiction people rarely pay much attention to their diet.  This can lead to a lack of many nutrients that your body requires to function at its highest level.  Making sure your body receives the proper nutrition it requires will have benefits both mentally and physically.

 While in treatment you will learn how to eat mindfully, providing your body and mind with the vitamins and minerals they need.


The Lakehouse Recovery Center offers 30, 60, and 90 day programs to men and women seeking to recover from drug and alcohol addiction. In addition to providing excellent clinical care, we offer both recovery and non-recovery activities. Our goal is to show clients how to have fun again, learning how to live in recovery without drugs and alcohol. For information, call us today: 877.762.3707


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