Exercise is something it seems many people, including men, talk about but don’t know why they are doing it. It makes sense you want to look better, and feel better, but it has way more benefits than just what you see on the surface. When a person wrestles with addiction, there are myriad things going on all at once. Mental health, spiritual, physical, and emotional health are all at play. When it comes to treatment for addiction, exercise can be motivating to support better health in all these areas but also to bring lasting change and healing.
How it Helps
Regular exercise can boost a person’s mood, help them practice good self care and is also a great way to meet other people. People who misuse substances, then incorporate exercise into a healthy recovery program may be less likely to relapse. When men struggle with various substance use disorders, they also get cravings. Workouts can combat this by:
- Adding structure to the day
- Forming positive social connections
- Help treat depression
- Anxiety-buster along with other therapies
People who have addiction can feel isolated and alone in the struggle. Going to group meetings is nice but it does not support overall the person’s balance of mind, body, and spirit that connecting with friends does. People who have known you through thick and thin, the ups and downs, are the ones who will carry you the farthest in recovery. If you have had to let go of all those connections because you needed to stay sober and clean, it is possible to reinvent yourself and your friendships. The best way to do this is by seeking out groups like CrossFit, a smaller gym with a more intimate feel, yoga, rock climbing, and hiking events. People are social creatures and feel inspired to step up their game when they are working alongside others. This may help boost morale for the long journey of recovery.
Staying on a medication-assisted treatment plan (MAT) improves the rates of abstinence from drugs. It depends on the individual and their plans, but studies show an increased risk of relapse when people stop taking medication, exercising, and participating in a holistic recovery approach. Therapeutic support is also essential, especially if you are dealing with co-occurring disorders or need added support. Some key things to keep in mind:
- At-home exercise programs work as well as the gym
- Find an inexpensive gym to facilitate group experiences and boost morale
- Find activity and sports groups nearby to join or recovery programs that utilize sports and emphasize sobriety
The key is finding what works for you. If you find a rhythm that works for you, you will feel so much better about yourself and your journey.
Recovery starts with reaching out for help. The Last Resort is a place of healing and hope for addiction recovery. We strive to provide a place of enrichment that cultivates the inner as well as the outer journey of recovery. However you find your way to the Last Resort, we endeavor to provide a haven where you can journey through recovery feeling like your life and story have meaning and a purpose. Call us to find out more: 512-750-6750.