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.
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.