Physical wellness is a critical facet of recovery that many people don’t consider incorporating. Read on to learn more about physical wellness.
Everyone’s goals for working towards good physical health will look different, as no one has the same body type or the same issues to improve upon. However, some common goals for achieving physical health include the following:
Physical health and wellness’s role during addiction recovery cannot be understated. Making sure your body receives the nourishment, sleep, and exercise required during detox can help reduce any adverse symptoms.
If you or a loved one want to improve your physical health, it’s important to remember that we all begin from different starting points. Whether you’ve never exercised before or exercise daily, starting a new activity or recognizing other ways that we can benefit from physical wellness can significantly help you during your recovery journey.
If you’re not used to physical activity, especially if you have a co-occurring disorder, make sure to take it slowly, as your body will benefit from being able to properly acclimate to a new routine.
While this doesn’t prevent addiction, it can greatly help during the recovery process by working against many relapse risks helping us create healthy coping mechanisms. Also, exercise can help the body reduce signs of anxiety, depression, and stress, which help improve our overall mental healing and wellness.5
Some other ways that exercise can benefit us during recovery include increasing our energy levels, reducing potential drug cravings, helping our sleep cycle, and improving our mood. Utilizing physical health practices can create the pathway for a stronger and healthier recovery.
Many medical professionals advocate for physical health to help recovery from substance abuse disorders. While this often will not “cure” addiction on its own, it is a way for patients to work towards mitigating symptoms of the detox process while also creating an overall healthier life for themselves. Physical health and wellness help almost all aspects of the recovery process.
This structure, along with fostering positive social connections, will help reduce boredom for patients as well. This is extremely important during the recovery process, as many people have stated boredom as one of their reasons for relapse.6
If you or a loved one want to start your recovery journey, our compassionate and knowledgeable staff at Ripple Ranch Recovery are here. We offer comprehensive and mental health-focused treatment and multiple treatment programs, including medication-assisted treatment and harm reduction practices.
We will help tailor a treatment plan individualized to you and your needs to ensure you get the help you deserve. We will be with you during the recovery process, so please reach out to us today for help with substance abuse disorders or any other co-occurring disorders.