Exercise and Wellness

Overall health and wellness have a number of benefits for successful addiction recovery. Exercise may help repair some of the damage drugs have caused to the body and allows the body. Addicts who exercise during recovery may be more aware of their health in general, and may be more likely to stick to a healthy lifestyle. Eating a healthy diet has the added impact of improving ones mood, thinking and stabilizing metabolism. Evidence has shown a correlation between stable metabolism and elimination of physical cravings. Excessive caffeine, carbohydrates, fats and sugars cause upward and downward spikes in ones metabolism which mimic the effects of substances creating additional challenges to ones abstinence.

While in active addiction health and wellness are often ignored. The obsessive thinking and compulsions around ones addiction leave no time for one to eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly or get adequate sleep. Addictions also may deplete nutrients from the body, damage muscles, weaken the immune system and cause other effects towards internal health conditions.

Upon admission, each patient will be administered a nutritional screening. The nutritional screening assesses for gastrointestinal issues and signs of malnutrition. Such issues can be common with prolonged addiction, due to the effects of drugs and alcohol on the liver, intestines, and kidney. Though abstinence from drugs and alcohol will help improve overall nutrition, the absence of substances alone may not yield substantial change in health. A referral to a licensed dietitian can often be necessary and will be made if the screening indicates that the patient’s overall health and nutrition needs greater attention. Treating the body as a whole, rather than just treating the addiction, can increase one’s chances at not only recovery, but also a healthier lifestyle.

Patients will also be participating in daily exercise routines to encourage patients to have a healthier quality of life. Exercise offers many benefits during the recovery process. Exercising naturally boosts dopamine and endorphins within the body, which improves positivity, motivation, productivity, mood and energy, all while gaining self-confidence. Exercising relieves anxiety, depression and helps balance sleep patterns, all of which benefit patients during the recovery process.

90 Days ago, with little hope and feelings of total helplessness, I drove my son from New York to Next Chapter on a recommendation from our District Attorney’s office. We were meet with an instant feeling of understanding and renewed hope. Addiction is a life-long battle, but with the understanding, therapy and commitment that was given at Next Chapter I feel cautiously optimistic regarding my son’s recovery. Next Chapter and their staff I regard as high level professionals.
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