Healthy Eating and Physical Fitness: Your Secret Weapons in Addiction Recovery
While achieving sobriety is any addicted person’s first priority, it’s essential that they take the extra steps to regain a holistic sense of health and wellness. A healthy body feels more comfortable, energetic, and balanced, contributing to the continuance of a sober lifestyle. The Ridge is committed to achieving this level of health for our patients with a balanced program of nutrition and exercise.
The Healing Power of Healthy Eating
Think about it – when you’re recovering from addiction, your body is still suffering from the drugs and alcohol it’s been consuming for weeks, months, or years. As you undergo addiction recovery, nutrition is essential to becoming healthy. Excessive drug and alcohol use has compromised your immune system and actually limited the amount of nutrients your body can absorb. When you don’t get the correct amount of vitamins, minerals, proteins, etc., your whole body suffers. Your mood changes, you suffer from a lack of appetite, you gain or lose weight due to poor eating habits, and your gastrointestinal system can’t process foods like before.
Our addiction recovery nutrition plans incorporate a balance of proteins, carbohydrates, fresh fruits and vegetables, and whole grains to restore balance to the diet and improve your appearance and immune system. A balanced meal eaten during regular intervals throughout the day (with snacking, as appropriate) can actually help normalize patients on a routine, which can help diminish cravings.
The general benefits of frequent exercise are common knowledge; however, exercise can play a key role in helping someone recovering from addiction. During recovery, nutrition and exercise work together to release endorphins, which stimulate a better mood and increased optimism, while diminishing depressive tendencies. Since withdrawal from addiction is often such an unpleasant process, the mood-boosting effects of exercise are especially welcome in helping patients through the more difficult parts of recovery with as much comfort and optimism as possible.
We facilitate frequent exercise periods during The Ridge program since we feel it correlates to a more hopeful, engaged patient who has a better chance to achieve long-term sobriety. In addition to overall health benefits, exercise can also be a good life pattern for patients to adopt post treatment and, in effect, reduce the chances of relapse.