There are many aspects to recovery, all intertwined to provide you with the tools and support that you need to improve your life. It’s challenging, relentless at times – but it’s always worth it. Recovery is a lot like life. There will be ups and downs, twists and turns, and puzzles you can’t always solve right away. What’s most important is that you restore you mind, body, and spirit, so that it can function at it’s best. Two crucial factors to this involve physical exercise and nutrition therapy – while these may seem banal compared to areas like detoxification and therapy, they are evermore important because each of them give you the energy you need to thrive.
A 2018 study published in the journal Addiction Science & Clinical Practice sought to explore the effects of physical fitness on those in treatment for methamphetamine dependency; researchers from the study analyzed 251 studies that had been previously conducted on the subject to determine prevalent research themes. Results from the study indicated that exercise is beneficial for those in addiction recovery – in particular, it helped reduce depression and anxiety while also improving quality of life for those with substance dependency.
Nutrition therapy is also very beneficial; a 2016 study conducted by researchers from Alaska sought to explore whether nutritional therapy would aid those with opioid addiction in reduction of cravings; the researchers found that not only would a nutrition therapy intervention be useful for not only cravings and nutritional value, but could also benefit their social functioning as well by providing individuals with the vitamins and minerals they need to think and function properly. Physical therapy and nutrition therapy aren’t solely for those in addiction recovery, however; they can aid those in recovery from mental illness, too.
Previous research has shown that many mental disorders cause a chemical imbalance in the brain, such as depression and dopamine. Getting the right nutrients means that your body will be able to work towards reconnecting some of the neuron communication that got disconnected as the disorder progressed – medication may also assist with making these connections as well. If you haven’t already, speak with a professional about physical fitness and nutrition therapy. Both are extremely important for your recovery.
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