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Can Exercise Help Me Recover from Addiction?


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There are many aspects to a well-rounded recovery – support, resources, therapy, activities, nutrition, and yes, fitness. Addiction doesn’t just affect a person’s brain – it affects their mind, body, and spirit as a whole. That is what holistic recovery is about, and it allows many reputable treatment centers to delve into the many aspects of yourself that make you who you are. Addiction can make the body weaker, damage vital organs, impair functionality in cognitive processes, and more; exercise can help make the body stronger, more flexible, and increase the functionality of the immune system, which can both fight off negative effects from addiction and help prevent a person from becoming sick.

There are many benefits that exercise can add to your recovery, including: more structure to your day; a commitment for you to become dedicated to so that you can incorporate this into your lifestyle when you return home; it will help you feel better, which in turn will help keep you motivated in your recovery; exercise releases endorphins, which will actually give you positive feelings; it will help your brain and body heal, and you may be relieved to find that some of the functionality you’ve lost from addiction can be restored if you work hard enough.

Writer and fitness guru Louise Green wrote about her experience with sobriety and fitness on the website Self.com. She stated,

“1. Fitness gave me a much-needed community of health-oriented people.

  1. It helped me feel accomplished and begin to rebuild my self-esteem.
  2. Fitness also let me form a new identity and discover a sense of purpose.
  3. It gave me a healthy outlet to cope with new challenges and difficult emotions.
  4. It taught me how to be accountable for my actions.”

A 2016 study conducted by researchers from China and Florida emphasized a reverse link between drug dependence and exercise – meaning that the more exercise becomes involved in a person’s life, the less drug dependence they tend to experience. Of course, you don’t want to overwork yourself – but making it a regular, weekly routine will set you off on a good start to your recovery. If you haven’t already, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center today to learn more about fitness and many other aspects that can become part of your recovery journey.

Simple Recovery is a world-renowned, California state-licensed substance abuse recovery center. We offer dual diagnosis treatment, so if you are experiencing both substance abuse and symptoms of a mental disorder, call us today at 888-743-0490 so that we can work with you to restore your happiness, health, and well-being. You do not have to continue living this way; there are many people here ready to help you.

References

https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugs-brains-behavior-science-addiction/addiction-health

 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4712120/

 

https://www.self.com/story/how-fitness-helped-me-recover-from-addiction

 

https://www.smartrecovery.org/benefits-of-exercise-in-addiction-recovery/