Drugs and alcohol take a toll on the entire body. They alter the way a person thinks, feels, and acts. Recovery is a complex process that involves many components. In addition to attending individual and group therapy sessions and eating a well-balanced diet, exercise plays an important role in the process. Research suggests that it may boost the effectiveness of other types of therapy during recovery.
Benefits of exercise include:
- Weight Control
- Increased Energy
- Improved Mood
- Healthier Habits
Healing the Body and Mind
When working to overcome addiction, patients must not only focus on their mental well-being, but also their physical well-being. Fortunately exercise can impact both. Exercise releases endorphins which give the body a natural high, without the influence of drugs or alcohol. These neurochemicals in the brain help to stabilize mood, curb cravings, and fight depression.
Exercising also encourages people to feel better about their bodies. Drugs or alcohol may have caused them to either gain or lose weight, so by working out they are able to build a stronger, leaner, body. They gain and tone muscle, and trim down on fat. It also offers a healthier alternative to engaging in more risky behaviors. A recovering addict’s time is filled by focusing on improving their body and the way they look and feel.
Exercise impacts overall health as well. It improves circulation, strengthens the heart, and can help to keep other medical conditions under control. Oftentimes people do not realize the toll that drugs and alcohol have taken on their body and how it has impacted their physical and mental health. The more they exercise and their body begins to regulate itself and recover, the better they feel.
Going through rehabilitation can induce stress as people learn to overcome their addiction and develop healthier habits. Exercising is a beneficial way to reduce stress and calm the mind. Many drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers encourage patients to get involved with activities such as:
- Cardio workouts
- Outdoor exercises such as walking, running, hiking, or biking
By connecting with nature and their inner self, they achieve a greater sense of peace and relaxation. Their mind is able to better focus on healing and recovery.
Improved Quality of Life
According to a report in the Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, rehab patients who engaged in exercise as part of their recovery reported an improved quality of life. They said that they could breathe easier, had more energy, and felt better about their physical appearance.
At Chapters Capistrano, patients have access to a variety of exercise options. The facility is set along the Southern California oceanfront where outdoor activities are abundant. Not only can guests enjoy the calming sights and sounds of the ocean, but they can participate in water activities, take advantage of the 2.3 mile San Clemente Coastal Trail, or travel to one of the many championship golf courses in the area. Guests are encouraged to stay active and soak up the warmth of the sun and fresh air.
If you or a loved one are suffering from addiction and looking for a comprehensive program that addresses all aspects of the disease, contact Chapters Capistrano today to find out how we can help. There is no better day than today to start down the road to recovery.