Exercise_A teriffic way to beat addiction

Many recovering addicts have trouble sleeping as they suffer from drug and alcohol withdrawal. Their mind dwells on topics connected to substance abuse, wondering if they will be able to successfully finish treatment.

One way to find restorative sleep at night, while boosting confidence in your attempt to quit alcohol and/or drugs once and for all, is to embrace a sports or exercise routine. Ever consider lifting weights? Or swimming laps around a pool? These and many other exercises are a surefire, and often fun, way to ease your body into a healthful practice that promotes in-depth healing and recovery from the insomnia-inducing ruination that is addiction. 

Exercise’s “Natural High” 

You experience an endorphin “high” as you finish an exercise routine that has your heart pumping and your muscles working out optimally. This natural endorphin high promotes a wonderful, pleasurable feeling throughout your body that lasts for hours after you finish exercising and is 100% all-natural, not artificially induced like through drugs or alcohol. Any craving for these substances is significantly calmed as a result of this healthful activity.

When you take care to eat a healthy diet, along with exercising, the benefits of both rise exponentially for your body. The body’s capacity for self-healing is tremendous, so when you feed yourself the right foods, while exercising, you gradually heal from the physical damage inflicted by your years of drug and/or alcohol abuse, including lingering internal infections. Your mind begins to think more clearly, as obsessive thinking patterns and your brain fog gradually lift.

Find an Exercise That’s Right for You

With time and a bit of discipline and patience, the following exercises are known to help you flush out toxins through sweat, strengthen your cardiovascular system, boost your spirits, and promote better sleep and a better, more relaxed frame of mind.

Yoga: Hatha yoga, in particular, combines core-building exercises with mindfulness techniques that help break the hold obsessive thinking has on you. While some hatha yoga classes are more intense than others, depending on the teacher, this type of yoga is excellent for encouraging you to think about topics that are not connected to drugs or alcohol. When performed in tandem with in-depth meditation, you gain the most benefits from the mind-body-spirit-focused practice.


Strength Training: If you have a thing for competing and enjoy graduating to a higher level, then strength training may be just the right exercise for you. Seeking to continually improve over the maximum weight you can handle allows you to set personal goals that you can achieve with time, discipline, and the right diet. Further, strength training promotes deep-tissue exhaustion, which leads to profound, restorative sleep, so important for recovering addicts.


Team Sports: If you’re not a fan of the gym and consider yourself a sociable kind of person, then taking up a position in a team sport such as basketball or soccer may suit you best. Not only is this good exercise, a team sport teaches you camaraderie, discipline, and overall confidence as you learn to build a form of trust with your teammates that can serve you well both on and off the playing field. Your teammates can become lifelong friends, and as such, help you overcome addiction. 


A Takeaway

It may take time and, certainly, some perseverance on your end to find the exercise routine that suits you best as you focus on recovering from addiction. Stick to it, though, and try out different kinds of sports and routines until you find your “fit.” In the meantime, motivate yourself to get out of the house and exercise. Investing your energies in an activity that is healthy for you, even if you’re not in love with the activity, will start paying dividends for you physically from the moment you step into the exercise room.  

-written by Susan Treadway