Martina Watts

Nutrition and Addiction


a handbook

This handbook is designed to help practitioners and carers to support recovery from food and substance misuse with nutritional and lifestyle interventions.



Addiction treatment centres in the UK combine medication, counselling and behaviour modification to tackle cravings and aid recovery, yet relapse rates remain alarmingly high. A practical, in-depth handbook, Nutrition and Addiction examines newly emerging concepts in the management of addiction. Leading researchers and experienced nutrition practitioners explore the underlying nutritional and biochemical factors involved in addictive behaviour, and the importance of nutrition in the prevention and management of addiction and its role in sustainable recovery.

Nutrition and Addiction is an up-to-date, fully referenced resource with a glossary and guide to drug terms. It is a useful guide for those with a basic understanding of nutrition, as well as for more experienced practitioners and health care professionals.




Carers, clinicians, practitioners and therapists working in addiction and mental health within the public, private and voluntary sectors, nutritionists and dieticians, students on nutrition-related courses.


ISBN: 9781908066190
Publisher: Pavilion Publishing and Media
Publication: 09 November 2011
Content: Current developments in the treatment of drug and alcohol dependence in the UK; The influence of genetic and environmental factors on craving and reward systems in the brain; Why diet and eating patterns may encourage addictive behaviour; The role of food addictions, eating disorders and food intolerances; How to develop safe, cost-effective and evidence-based nutritional interventions alongside traditional care options.


Martina Watts is a British Association of Nutritional Therapists and Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council registered nutritional therapist with a special interest in digestive, behavioural and immune conditions. She is a member of the Professional Advisory Board at FAB Research and a committee member of the McCarrison Society for Nutrition and Health. She also works as an independent nutrition consultant providing training sessions for the private and third sectors on improving personal and organisational resilience and performance with nutrition science, most recently for the award-winning Fareshare Community Food network. Martina has worked with Brighton and Hove Council to improve school meals, and with staff at a secure unit for young offenders in Greater Manchester to implement a cost-effective and successful healthy eating project.


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