After going through the addiction recovery process, the number one focus should be to grow. After the process, an individual recognizes the importance of the coping and life skills they learned while they were going through treatment. They also realize the importance of rebuilding relationships with friends and family that had been torn apart by substance abuse. Most important they realize the devastating effects that substance abuse had on their mind and body. The strong link between health, both body and mind, and the recovery process cannot be ignored. To fully heal and get the best chance at maintain sobriety, there are a few vital aspects that one should consider.
The Healthy Aspects of Recovering From Addiction
Addiction plays havoc on the mental and physical health of an individual. Studies have shown that good nutrition helps people recover not only their physical health but also improve the well-being of their mind. Nutrition in the recovery process is crucial because addiction can over time lead to serious nutritional deficiencies sometimes it can lead to organ damage. Eating being a low priority for most addicts as they struggle with addiction, they do not get vital nutrients to the body.
Proper nutrition and hydration are key in the healing process. Individualized nutritional counseling greatly improves the sobriety success rates for those with recovering from addiction.
Exercise might be the last thing you want to do or you might think about when trying to maintain sobriety but the truth is that regular exercise or any other physical activity can be an integral part of your efforts to stay sober. Studies show that exercise lead to a sense of accomplishment, improved health and increased confidence in staying sober. Exercise can also give a natural high that replaces the artificial ones from drugs.
Exercise takes up your time but in a good way. Prioritizing physical activity and regular workouts at specific times of day you focus on living in the present. It also helps in keeping boredom and stressful thoughts at bay. It is common that recovering addicts have trouble dealing with their anger and exercise offers them an outlet for their anger. Because of the addiction they might not have learned how to express their emotions in the right way.
Spirituality can be defined as a personal for meaning in life, connection of all thing and experience of power beyond oneself. Spirituality is the recognition of a power greater than ourselves which is usually grounded in love and compassion. Spirituality is a power that gives meaning, purpose and perspective in ones life. Spirituality is important during the recovery process since addiction disconnects you from your spirituality and from powers, people and things outside the addict. To fully recover from an addiction it is important that you reconnect with your spirituality, search for your purpose in your life and connect beyond yourself. Being spiritual restores things that addiction takes away from you.
There are numerous benefits if one takes up spiritual practices. They help individuals cope with trials and tribulations in their lives and gives them control of their emotions and fears. Addiction recovery process can be intense and to remain sober, one should seek support and seek to live a healthy life. Exercise and proper nutrition are a great way to bring your body back to health. Spiritual growth helps working on yourself from within.
Staying connected is vital. In today’s digital world this is not difficult. We suggest joining an appropriate, 12-step, support group and attending regularly.