When a person is addicted to drugs or alcohol, physical fitness is the last thing on their mind. Furthermore, the addictive substances cause devastating damages to the mind and body. For these reasons, our program at Awakenings is structured to include a variety of fitness routines to help patients restore physical well-being.
These groups assist patients in gaining observation, responsibility and personal awareness through the use of mild physical activities. Patients are provided the opportunity to explore new, inexpensive avenues/activities of stress management that may assist in their on-going recovery. By using physical activities, patients boost their physical stamina and endurance contributing to the natural treatment of fatigue, depression and mental stagnation.
Physical Fitness in Addiction Recovery
Successful recovery is achieved through a combination of treatment methods that address both the physical and emotional aspects of addiction. Detoxification addresses the physical issues. Rehabilitation addresses the emotional or mental issues.
During detoxification, the body is purged of all remnants of the substance the person had been abusing. After years of damage done to the body, the process of helping make the body stronger and healthier can include exercise, relaxation techniques, nutritious meals, and medication if needed.
We provide an exercise room where patients can work out. A good workout helps release pent-up tension and clears the mind. With a clearer mind, the person can focus on learning the skills needed for relapse prevention.
How a Fit Body Influences the Mind
Regular exercise helps the pituitary gland release endorphins. Endorphins cause a person to feel exhilarated and happy. As a result of these feel-good chemicals, a person is more inclined to exercise again.
Exercise also helps the body raise dopamine levels in the bloodstream. Dopamine is the chemical that controls pleasure and reward areas of the brain. When dopamine levels are low, a person feels depressed and looks for something to help them feel better. Therefore, keeping dopamine levels up is crucial to relapse prevention.
Many recovering addicts struggle with low self-esteem and tend towards social isolation when first returning home from rehab. However, those who follow a regular exercise program are less likely to avoid social gatherings. When a person feels healthy and fit, their confidence levels increase. This increased confidence can have a significant impact on the choices a recovering person makes when attempting to reintegrate into society.
At Awakenings Rehabilitation, we understand the importance of physical fitness and how it relates to maintaining a drug-free lifestyle.
Our comprehensive program offers patients a variety of exercise and fitness options to help them achieve optimum physical and mental health. We offer other program options such as:
- Music Exploration
- Nutritional Guidance
- Group and Individual Counseling
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Regardless of the substance involved or the severity of a person’s addiction, our skilled professionals can provide the highest level of care available today.
Learn more about physical fitness programs in rehab by calling our toll-free number today. One of our representatives will be happy to provide the information you need. Furthermore, if you are seeking a treatment program for yourself or a loved one, we will be able to assist you with that, also.