Addiction Recovery: Mind, Body, and Spirit
February 3, 2018
Addiction recovery rests on harmony; mind, body, and spirit. Alcohol and substance use disorders are brain diseases, severe mental health conditions with no known cure. However, treatment can lead to long-term recovery, through the maintenance of a person’s spiritual condition. Those who make progress working a program are people who address every aspect of their disease; it’s not enough to just remove alcohol or drugs from the equation, one must go further.
Naturally, abstaining from mind-altering substances is a starting point for anyone’s recovery. Once the symptoms of acute withdrawal subside, individuals can begin doing the work. The means and ways of healing vary from person to person, depending on which type of program people subscribe to, i.e., 12 Steps, SMART Recovery, and faith-based. Each is not without merit and what works best for you will depend on several personal factors.
In treatment, clients follow the directions of those who are currently walking the courageous path of addiction recovery. Such individuals receive an introduction to many ideas and approaches for addressing the root of their disorder—Self. Everyone touched by the alcohol and substance use disorder struggles with relinquishing the notion of control; the belief that you hold reign over existence. Each person’s disease deludes one into thinking that they are the center of the universe, that all aspects of life are in one’s control. It’s a line of thinking that keeps individuals using long after drugs and alcohol wreak havoc on one’s life. It is a belief that everyone in recovery must discard to make successful outcomes a reality.
People who seek treatment for use disorders will be asked to make revolutionary changes in the way they live; not just internally, externally as well—how we interact with others is vital. After all, an individual’s recovery is dependent on the help of others; your relationship with peers can make or break the dream of long-term recovery.
Regardless of which modality of treatment you choose, you will be working toward the same end. Again, healing doesn’t rest solely on abstinence; each person that is working a program is also encouraged to think, act, and live differently. The road you take away from addiction isn’t the path you took to get to the point of needing treatment in the first place. It’s important to understand that there is a link between a healthy mind and a healthy body. What we put into our bodies feeds our brain; going one step further, recovery is about action, and exercise is a vital one.
Exercise in recovery is very important; those who stay active become healthier and feel better. When you feel good it makes being accountable to yourself and others significantly easier—accountability is one of the pillars of addiction recovery. Active drug and alcohol use are sedentary behaviors, remember you are walking a different path than before, inertia will no longer suffice.
Walking, running, and working out are all things you can do to help the process of recovery along. If you’ve got impediments preventing you from most forms of exercise, perhaps you and your physician can come up with some low-impact routines, such as swimming or yoga. Even if you have never had an interest in exercise, we cannot stress enough how much better you will feel after committing to a work-out schedule.
A large number of people who seek treatment for drug and alcohol addiction are also smokers. Cigarette use is discouraged in recovery for many reasons, not least of which is the harm it does to one’s health. For people in recovery, however, smoking is associated with a higher risk of relapse. So, if you are seeking treatment, you should strongly consider quitting while in an ideal environment. With that in mind, new research shows that exercise may reduce tobacco withdrawal symptoms, MNT reports. The findings are in the British Journal of Pharmacology.
“The evidence suggests that exercise decreases nicotine withdrawal symptoms in humans […] Our research has shed light on how the protective effect of exercise against nicotine dependence actually works.” — Dr. Alexis Bailey, study author and senior lecturer in neuropharmacology at St George’s University of London.
The Journey of Addiction Recovery
If you are ready to break the cycle of addiction, Christians Drug Rehab can help. Our program is an infusion of the 12 Step modality and the teachings of the Bible. With the help of highly trained addiction experts, you can begin the remarkable journey of addiction recovery. Please contact us today.