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As part of holistic treatment programs, Beaches Recovery of Jacksonville, FL provides recovering addicts with the opportunity of fitness therapy for drug & alcohol addiction. Fitness therapy is an evidence-based means of regaining health and wellness. Building strength, balance, coordination, stamina and flexibility are all inherent in this form of therapy, along with other elements of fitness that are integrated into the recovery program.
Aspects of Beaches Recovery fitness therapy for drug & alcohol addiction include:
Fitness is a powerful means of challenging yourself and regaining self-control. Through fitness programs of Beaches Recovery, addicts discover that feeling great, looking healthy and living without drugs and alcohol are rewarding. Physical changes and a return to good health become apparent as addicts progress through treatment. These are rewards in themselves, supplementing the benefits of a clean lifestyle.
Fitness therapy for drug and alcohol addiction is tailored to individuals of all ages and levels of fitness. Certified personal trainers, coaches, yoga instructors and licensed dietitians work with addicts as part of their fitness regimen.
One of the most thrilling ways to incorporate fitness therapy for drug and alcohol addiction is through surf therapy. Many people struggling with an addiction think of surfing as an activity best reserved for fit, healthy individuals. By learning the basics of surfing, and attending rehab in a place where surfing is possible, patients may begin to see themselves as strong, healthy, functioning adults.
Surf therapy is a great means of fitness therapy for drug and alcohol addiction because it inherently includes failure. There are many times, even for the best surfers on the planet, where falling off the board and into the water is inevitable. Learning how to deal with failure, and still move forward and hope for success, is key in the fight against addiction. Plus, as with all types of fitness therapy, it encourages individuals to work hard in order to become better at the sport.
Yoga is commonly used as a type of fitness therapy for drug and alcohol addiction. Unlike many sports, yoga is a solitary endeavor, which means that there are no winners and no losers. The only person to be concerned with is the person practicing yoga, and there is no competition involved.
Yoga also requires practitioners to sit in silence, meditating with their own thoughts and feelings. This makes yoga a particularly effective type of fitness therapy for drug and alcohol addiction, because it requires you to be comfortable in your own mind. Learning how to eliminate distraction and focus on breathing, posture and stretching can be an incredibly positive thing for those who are being challenged through an addiction. Yoga also comes in many forms, including the slower-paced Yin yoga and the more challenging Bikram yoga, which can help people sweat out toxins.
Spending time outside, and getting the natural endorphins from exercise, makes hiking an obvious choice of fitness therapy for drug and alcohol addiction. Just spending time in nature can help patients by understanding the scale of the world, appreciating their place in the universe and begin developing spiritual or religious feelings.
Of course, hiking is more than just simply being outdoors. It serves as a great fitness therapy for drug and alcohol addiction because it can also develop self-esteem and confidence as hikers push past their old physical boundaries, overcome obstacles like long trails and elevation gain and surpass what even they thought was previously possible.
Boating may not immediately stand out as a type of fitness therapy for drug and alcohol addiction, but it can actually be a very physically demanding sport. This is particularly true when it comes to sailing, as participants will need to heave up and down sails and take control of the boat in open water. Boating also shows participants the true power and strength of the water, and it develops new skills that can boost physical strength, mental acumen and determination.
An unexpected means of fitness therapy for drug and alcohol addiction is rope course therapy. This is at its root a physical activity, but it goes far beyond the typical benefits like exercise and mood-boosting endorphins.
Participating in a ropes course as a type of fitness therapy for drug and alcohol addiction is a way to confront fears and see that what comes next may be scary, but it won’t be the end. A ropes course can also offer the opportunity to develop teamwork skills and rely on others in order to complete the course, find success and come out stronger on the other side.
Addicts recovering from drug and alcohol addiction must relearn how to live a healthy lifestyle. This is very important, as research indicates that healthy nutrition can help minimize the symptoms of early recovery. It also repairs damage inflicted upon the body through ongoing nutritional deficiency common as part of addiction. Exercise helps ensure quality sleep patterns and instills an overall feeling of well-being.
Relapse can be prevented in part through a healthy diet and exercise. The same neuroendocrine response that provides the “runner’s high” is produced by fitness therapy workouts. This helps recovering addicts reduce depression, anxiety and other common problems. Drug cravings may be minimized through exercise and healthy eating, which are beneficial distractions during the first weeks away from drugs and alcohol.
Addicts seeking that “fresh start” of freedom from drugs and alcohol can find it at Beaches Recovery and through our fitness therapy programs. Get started today in order to wake up refreshed, more fit and healthier as part of your own fresh start away from the burdens of addiction. Call us at 904.615.6361 and let’s get you cleaned up—body and soul.