The Ridge’s Recreation Program
The Importance of Recreation in Addiction Recovery
The general benefits of frequent exercise are common knowledge. Exercise also plays 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 substances 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.