Healthy mind, healthy body

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 helps the body to heal. 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 one’s 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 one’s metabolism which mimic the effects of substances creating additional challenges to one’s abstinence.


Upon admission, each client will be administered a nutritional screening and nutritional assessment from our licensed dietician. 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. 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.


Clients will be taken to a fitness center 4 days a week. 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 clients during the recovery process.


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