Many people say that to live a healthy life; you have to treat mind, body and spirit. This can be especially true when dealing with the treatment of addiction. People who, in the past, have seen their health ravaged by drug or alcohol abuse, may wish to address the balance by beginning a new fitness programme. They may even make getting fit an important part of their addiction treatment.
Exercise may not be your favourite thing to do, and it may even be pretty much the last thing you want to think about when you’re trying to maintain your sobriety. But the truth is that regular workouts — or any kind of physical activity — can be an integral part of your efforts to stay sober.
Like the mind, the human body needs to “feel right” – to feel as if it can & will perform.
Exercise gives the physical body the feeling of health,
Supplies vital blood flow through the muscular system
Promotes good sleep
Improves muscle density.
With correctional exercises, poor posture (a major source of back pain) can be improved.
All too often, those who are being treated for alcohol or drug addiction will say, “ I feel tired or depressed today.” That’s a sign that they need to boost their energy system through exercises that tax their muscular & cardiovascular systems during the same workout.
When using the gymnasiums at our rehab clinics, you will be closely supervised to ensure safety. It is also the case that those proceeding with a medical detox will not be permitted to use the exercise equipment until their detox is completed. Safety is, of course, the top priority and we must ensure that only those persons deemed physically or psychologically fit enough should use the gym equipment, for their own good.
At the start walking is good enough, but your body will become accustomed to walking and will want a more rigorous routine. Yoga, treadmills, tennis, weights & horse riding are all great ways to exercise as well as a way to develop new hobbies. Stretching before these activities is important as it increases & maintains range of motion in the joints, aids the recovery process by increasing circulation & decreasing muscle tension.
When your body recovers from being out of breath, it is a rejuvenating experience where your physical systems work together – a concert of strengthening, stretching, hydration, nutrition, & confidence. It also helps you develop increased functional movements & the ability to improve daily activities with a decrease in pain or discomfort. The result is a greater ability to enjoy a walk, to complete sport-specific movements with greater ease.
Once you have a fitness programme that works for you, the one that taxes your system & lets your body enjoy the rejuvenating experience of having all your physical systems work together, you’ll never want to stop. At this point maintaining good health, posture & energy will become a life habit.
While it cannot be the sole treatment, there are studies revealing that regular exercise is a potential treatment for drug abuse. Exercise, when combined with other proven forms of addiction treatment, has been shown to produce protective effects in addiction recovery tied to the neurobiological and behavioural consequences of physical activity.
When you arrive at an addiction recovery centre, a therapist will assess the nature of your substance abuse and your mental health status. A treatment team will then create an individualised treatment plan designed to meet your personal needs. If you know that you’d like to have an exercise programme built into your addiction recovery program, talk to your therapist about it.
Each rehab is different. Some will have a fitness programme with on-site gyms or outside courts that you can use at designated times. Others will have a recreational therapist or a personal trainer on staff to provide fitness-related workshops.
Contact our addiction experts they can help you find an addiction treatment centre ideal to your personal needs. This is your chance to break free from harmful substances and learn a new way to live. Contact us now to find out more about our various treatment options.