Fitness and Addiction Recovery

When it comes to addiction recovery, every personal program will differ based on individual needs and long-term goals. When you enter into recovery, you will learn what works for you. In most cases, there are several fundamental components of every successful program of recovery. These components might include regular attendance at 12 step meetings, 12 step involvement (actively working through the steps), continued therapeutic care, the development of and engagement in healthy habits, and more.

Fitness and Addiction Recovery

5 Benefits of Fitness in Addiction Recovery

For many, fitness is a crucial piece of a comprehensive program of recovery. There are many benefits to daily or near-daily exercise, and those that are in addiction recovery can benefit in ways that others might not. Take a look at some of the ways that fitness and addiction recovery go hand in hand.

  1. Staying active can help those in early recovery successfully manage cravings.

Sitting around idly is never a good idea for those in early recovery. Your mind might begin to race, and if you let your mind race for long enough then picking up a drink or a drug might start to sound like a good idea. If you have a lot on your mind or if you start to feel restless, get outside and go for a walk or do a few jumping jacks. Working uncomfortable feelings through your body is very beneficial.

  1. Group sports help to forge positive and healthy connections with others. 

It is never too late in life to join an intramural kickball team, or get a small group of sober friends together that you can go golfing with on the weekends. Getting involved in a team sport, no matter how low-key, can help you foster healthy and mutually beneficial relationships.

  1. Being active and getting into shape will help you build self-esteem. 

Being active will help you feel good! The kinder you are to your body, the better you will feel.

  1. Sticking to a structured routine has been proven to help in the maintenance of long-term sobriety. 

The structure is important. If you stick to a routine as far as fitness goes, you will be more likely to stick to a routine when it comes to other aspects of your recovery, like calling your sponsor and getting to a meeting every day.

  1. Addiction recovery concerns your physical, mental, and emotional health. 

We tend to focus a lot on our emotional and mental health in addiction recovery, but focusing on our physical health might sometimes elude us. Remember that addiction recovery is comprehensive and it’s important to take care of your physical body!

Garden State Treatment Center – Comprehensive Care

While physical fitness is extremely beneficial to those who are in recovery for a substance abuse disorder, it is important to remember that physical health is only one small component of a comprehensive recovery program. At Garden State Treatment Center, we focus on the physical, mental and emotional health and well-being of each client. As part of our recovery program, we offer the opportunity for our clients to engage in physical fitness regularly. We transport clients to and from the gym, provide them with yoga classes, and offer nutritional guidance – which is another big aspect of physical health. However, we understand the importance of providing services that will cater to emotional and mental health as well.

Fitness is important, but it is certainly not a cure-all. We provide our clients with personalized therapeutic services, ongoing counseling, and psychiatric care when necessary. We introduce our clients to the 12 step program of recovery and work hard to ensure that each individual is receiving the unique and personalized care that is necessary to the maintenance of long-term recovery. To learn more about our program, give us a call today.