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The Benefits of Exercise in Addiction Recovery

Especially if you are new to recovery, you are probably not in the best physical shape you’ve ever been in. Addiction takes a toll on you, mentally, spiritually, and physically. It can take years to become comfortable in your own skin again.

Most treatment programs focus on the psychological and spiritual aspects of recovery, offering support in the form of groups, therapy, and medicine. While there is assistance with detox, there usually isn’t much discussion about physical recovery and the many benefits of regular exercise in recovery. At 90210 Recovery, we offer treatment programs that focus on the mind, spirit, and body. We realize that exercise is a key component of the physical recovery process, and we incorporate this into our luxury, world-class treatment facilities in Beverly Hills, CA.

Some of the benefits of exercise in addiction recovery include:

Stress Reduction

A common reason people begin their abuse of drugs and alcohol is to relieve stress. Not only do drugs and alcohol not alleviate stress long-term, but they also cause more problems for you and lead to more stress. Deciding to become sober and seek treatment does not automatically get rid of your stress either though. It is important to figure out ways to reduce stress in your daily life and find out what works best for you.

Working out is one great way to reduce stress. The important thing is getting your heart rate up, not what form of exercise you choose. When you exercise, chemicals, such as dopamine, are released in your brain, and these chemicals are basically your body’s natural drugs. They reduce stress — on both the short and long terms — and can even improve your mood.

Better Sleep

One thing people complain about almost consistently when they’re new to recovery is how hard it is to sleep. Old-timers at meetings chuckle and tell them that no one has ever died from a lack of sleep, which isn’t really helpful as far as helping you sleep better, even though it’s comforting to know that what you’re going through is normal.

One of the best benefits you will get from starting a regular exercise routine is that you will find it easier to get to sleep, and easier to stay asleep through the night. Better, more regular sleep also means increased energy throughout the day, which will make it easier for you to focus on each part of your recovery. There are a lot of biological reasons exercise improves sleep, such as that it reduces anxiety and changes your body temperature. The important thing is that it works.

Improved Mood

The detoxification process and addiction recovery are often accompanied by mood changes. You may feel elated and euphoric one minute, but the next minute you may feel depressed and lost. These feelings are normal though, as it is just your body’s way of adjusting to life without alcohol. It is important to find ways to stabilize your mood so that you do not let these feelings take over.

Physical activity improves your mood through the range of chemicals your body releases. Besides dopamine, your body also releases other endorphins during exercise, such as norepinephrine and serotonin. Endorphins improve your mood by causing you to have positive feelings, including happiness and euphoria. Plus, exercising and getting yourself moving can help distract you from focusing on the negative effect addiction has had on your life. It does not help to dwell on your past mistakes. Instead, get moving forward!

Creation of a Sense of Community

You don’t have to exercise alone! It can be even better to join a group of people interested in exercising or playing a sport. Group exercise can help create a sense of community. Plus, it is much easier to get yourself to actually exercise on a regular basis when you have a group of people depending on and supporting you. Besides, it can be way more fun to share physical activity with others, especially if you are not very sporty.

It is important to feel connected to others and have people around you that know what you are going through during recovery. Addiction recovery cannot be done all by yourself, and it can be important to forge positive connections with others and have a community surrounding you during the recovery process.

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If you are ready to take the next step in your path to addiction recovery, then consider visiting our treatment facilities in Beverly Hills, CA. If you need help, do not hesitate to call us at 1-844-462-8571. We have a 24/7 admissions line and work with most major insurance carriers. You can also fill out our form online, and we will get back to you as soon as possible. We look forward to going on this journey with you.