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Cooking Up a Recipe for Success: 5 Ways the Kitchen Can Help Sobriety

There are more ways to prepare a meal than you can shake a stick at these days. Crock Pots, Instapots, stove, microwave, toaster oven; the options are endless. Cooking itself can be very therapeutic, which can help people struggling with substance abuse disorder and addiction. Whether you are a master chef in training or a microwave master, find some tips to whip up some food that is healthy while also helping your mental health as well.

Rest Your Brain

When you focus on recovery, your brain is likely to be consumed with fighting off triggers and strengthening sobriety. The constant hum can become overwhelming rather quickly. If you feel mentally exhausted, it helps to have a short recipe laid out for you. Decompress, get a satisfying meal on the table and quickly find your way to feeling good.

Creative Outlet

Cooking is a form of creative expression for many people. Once you develop your own recipe, or improve an old one, you can feel free to experiment with new foods, methods, and decoration ideas. Working through recovery can help you develop new patterns of thinking and get creative juices flowing.


It is easy to rehash over and over again the thoughts in your own head. It is harder still to take that focus and put it into something else. Redirection is the key to success in recovery. Cooking offers an opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the cooking experience as it is sensory, focused on smells, tastes, and repetition while requiring your brain to stay focused and off the negative cycling of thoughts.

Sense of Accomplishment

Anyone who cooks can attest that making a meal takes time and effort. There is always something new to learn in the kitchen. Whether it is mastering a new skill or something else entirely, new recipes and tools help you achieve mastery in the kitchen.

Encourages Intentionality

Substance abuse robs the body of essential nutrients. As your body recovers from substance use, it is trying to rebuild the body and renew itself. Nutritional meals are crucial to success. Focus on eating healthy meals rather than greasy food that is not good for your body. When you eat healthier, you will improve your mind and body.

Cooking and eating nutritious meals helps your recovery. We support your journey to recovery, whatever that looks like. If you are ready to take the next step in your recovery journey, give Serenity a call 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401