Exercise Therapy for Addiction Recovery

The National Institute on Drug Abuse has long been a proponent of exercise for helping to prevent chemical and alcohol dependency. Not only does exercise invigorate the lungs and heart, it stimulates mood-boosting neurochemicals and stimulates the reward pathway that every human being has in their brain. Some other benefits of a physical fitness program include the creation of connections between cells, generation of new neurons in areas that affect memory, enhancement, and repair of neural tissue, and continuous formation of blood vessels in the brain.

While this is all good news, people already addicted to drugs or alcohol may feel that it’s too late for them to benefit from exercise and yoga therapy. The experienced and talented staff at Elevate Addiction Services understand that a physical fitness program is a huge boon to recovery, which is why they are a central aspect of our holistic drug treatment centers in Northern California.

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Exercise and Adventure Therapy; an Important Part of a Complete Treatment Program

When a person struggling with addiction first arrives at our facility, helping him or her detoxify from drugs or alcohol is the first thing we focus on. Once the patient has gotten through detox, we move on to physical healing, emotional healing, and aftercare. A robust physical fitness program and adventure therapy experiences are essential to overcome the damage that addiction inflicted on the body as well as to incorporate new and healthier habits on the quest for a more balanced life. Here are four reasons why exercise and adventure therapy are so important to helping people in recovery improve physical and mental health:

Exercise can help with withdrawal symptoms

Physical fitness programs are especially useful because they simulate the same chemicals like dopamine and serotonin that the brain received while the addict took opiates. After getting through the worst of the symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramping, engaging in vigorous exercise can help to retrain the brain. Although virtually every addiction deprives the brain of endorphins, exercise helps them to return and to improve problems such as depression and anxiety that may have lead to addiction in the first place.  Exercise also facilitates a healthier mindset when used in inpatient mental health programs.

Exercise is a healthy way to relieve physical and psychological stress

While addiction takes an enormous toll on physical health, everyday encounters cause stress to the mind and body as well. Sitting at work all day or even sitting in recovery groups while in treatment can lead to headaches, poor posture, and a host of other issues. When a distressing memory comes to the surface or a person gets into a disagreement with someone he or she cares about, this stresses the body and mind as well. The simple act of moving the body helps to relieve this tension that an addict might have previously tried to escape by using alcohol or drugs, and os crucial in many inpatient mental health programs as well.

Exercise is a form of meditation

Many people report that regular exercise helps to get them into a meditative state of mind. Focusing on the physical aspects of adventure therapy enables participants to redirect their thoughts to the emotional and psychological benefits of exercise. Yoga therapy is especially useful to help people in recovery clear their mind of troubling thoughts and feel a sense of calmness that they can beat addiction. This type of clarity and peace is invaluable. These kinds of fitness- and adventure-based therapy programs are used at holistic treatment centers nationwide.

Regular exercise helps to improve the overall outlook on life

When a person struggles with depression or anxiety, exercise can feel like the last thing he or she wants to do. However, the National Institutes of Health states that exercise increases levels of serotonin and endorphins in the brain that can lead to a natural boost in mood. As part of a dual diagnosis program, adventure based therapy and physical fitness programs have been proven to promote serenity and a sense of “living in the moment.”  While people in recovery should not go off medication for mental health conditions without their doctor’s consent, most find that a regular fitness routine helps them feel calmer, more upbeat, and gives them better mental clarity.

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