Exercise and Addiction Recovery: What are the Benefits of It?

Exercise and Addiction Recovery: What are the Benefits of It?

Drugs and alcohol affect millions of people each year, yet many are unaware of the healing potential they have if they underwent a reputable treatment program that places emphasis on personalized treatment of their mind, body and spirit. One of quickest concerns associated with substance abuse is its effect on the body – after all, substances can directly impact the way our brain – and other organs – function, which can ultimately leave us deficit in critical areas of function such as with memory, learning, organization abilities and more. If you’re currently pursuing recovery, you may be ready to implement whatever it is that you need to rebuild a healthy, balanced life. Psychotherapy is one of the most commonly talked about areas of recovery, but there are many other aspects, too – including exercise.

As U.S. News & World Report stated in 2018, a healthy recovery lifestyle that includes an adequate amount of exercise can provide those in recovery with many benefits, such as:

–       An improved mood

–       An increase in self-confidence

–       A reduction in symptoms of depression

–       And more

Unfortunately, many people have health conditions that make certain exercises difficult to do – in these instances, how can they reap the benefits of exercise?

A study previously published by the University of Florida found that it’s not what is done at the gym, but rather the simple act of going to the gym regularly – that has such a significant impact on a person’s self-esteem. If you can create a new habit of going to the gym, you’ll begin to feel much better about yourself – and your body will become strengthened, too.

A 2016 literature review published in the journal Biomedical Reports found that physical exercise improved many individuals’ alcohol consumption rates, abstinence rates, and/or urges to drink. For those struggling with substance abuse, exercise can help release some of the stress that occurs when a major life change is happening – and recovery is the perfect time to start.

If you’re ready to begin your journey towards restoration of the mind, body and spirit, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center today.

The mission of The Beach House is to provide success in the recovery process and elevate the standard of comprehensive addiction treatment. Located right on the coast of Malibu, California, expert clinical care and a holistic view of the recovery process is provided to ensure Best-in-Class treatment tailored to the needs of each client. If you’re ready to start your recovery journey today, call us at 310-924-0780.

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Kimberly James

I am the founder and owner of The Beach House Treatment Center, The White House, Indigo Ranch, Sweetwater Mesa and Beach House Center for Wellness, all in Malibu, California.