The Importance of Nutrition and Diet in Recovery As former disciples of the school of modifying mood by means of chemicals, one might think that addicts and alcoholics in recovery would jump at the opportunity to boost their dopamine levels via their diets. But more often than not, recovering addicts opt for the quick-fix method of eating – sugar, caffeine and junk food. Eating right can not only make the first stage of sobriety more pleasant, but also help to correct bio-chemical imbalances in the brain that may have predated substance abuse. Primary result = better mood. Sign me up, please! Lisa Licavoli, Certified Clinical Nutritionist, leads educational groups on nutrition at Safe Harbor Treatment Center for Women, helping the women at Safe Harbor become more conscious of how diet can impact mental state.