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The Benefits Of Exercise During Addiction Recovery

Those who are suffering with alcohol or drug addiction will often become malnourished. This takes a toll on the body both physically and mentally. Physically damaging areas of your body such as: muscles, malnutrition, cardiovascular, and reduce immunity. Which is why exercise as well as proper nutrition during recovery is essential to maintaining sobriety.

The Benefits Of Exercise During Addiction Recovery - Dunes OP

3 Primary Benefits Of Exercise During Addiction Recovery Include:

1. Regular Exercise Leads To A Positive Outlook On Life

Alcohol or drug abuse often goes hand in hand with depression. A morning run or afternoon workout will lead you to feel great afterwards because your brain releases endorphins during exercise. This helps create more positive thinking about yourself and life while reducing depression symptoms. It’s recommended to partake in exercises that you will most likely enjoy such as: running, walking, hiking, yoga, etc. Other psychological benefits include:

  • Less stress
  • More confidence
  • Mental clarity
  • Mood enhancement

2. Enhanced Physical Health And Wellness

Your body goes through a lot of changes during treatment. It’s proven that exercise helps heal your body, not just from addiction, but reduces other health risks such as: diabetes, depression, low immune system, and cancer. By exercising regularly, your body will go through positive changes such as:

  • Weight loss
  • More energy
  • Healthy cardiovascular system
  • More sleep

3. Keeps You Focused On One Thing: Recovery

Exercising will help keep your mind focused and reduce the cravings of alcohol or drugs. It will help add structure to your life if you have specific work out goals and times that are scheduled in your daily routine. It also takes up time, which alleviates more down town to think about using drugs or alcohol. By having a healthy lookout and direction helps keep your mind focused and your body physically healthy. All working together to reduce the chances of relapse.

Exercise is most effective if you begin at a moderate pace and work your way up. You don’t want to start off pushing yourself too much because it could lead to physical injury. Stay at your own pace and remember to maintain a positive attitude.

It’s been known that individuals who partake in exercise activities during and after treatment has led to less desire to use drugs or alcohol. Also, this has led to an improved lifestyle quality.

Thank your body and mind for all that they do for you every day. You have another chance to reward your body. Exercise and nutrition are a great option.

You have the choice to make a physical and mental change. If you’re struggling with alcohol or drug addiction, don’t hesitate to seek help today. Call us to learn more about our program options!

How Do You Overcome Drug And Food Addiction?

Treating a substance abuse addiction with a food addiction eating disorder is unlike treating other forms of addictions, since total abstinence (from food) is not an option. Discover how to overcome drug addiction while changing your relationship with food!

How Do You Overcome A Substance Abuse Addiction And A Food Addiction?

How Do You Overcome Food Addiction - TheDunesOutpatientProgram Someone solely with a drug or alcohol addiction can be approached from the point of view that they can get free from the influence of the chemicals and then get help to deal with the root of the addiction.

It’s not that simple when the issue is also related to food, since everyone needs to eat, and no one can commit to a life of abstinence from this activity.

We help our clients learn to overcome their substance abuse addiction while also treating the secondary issue of an eating disorder to improve the quality of their lives and their health for the long-term.

First Step In Addiction Treatment: Assessment

No two clients that we see at The Dunes OP are alike, and this includes people seeking help for food addiction. The first step in determining how we can best help a client is to conduct an assessment. All of our outpatient treatment programs are customized to ensure that we meet each client’s specific needs.

Customized Treatment Plans

Once the assessment is complete, we can recommend a customized treatment plan to get at the underlying issues of both the drug addiction and the eating disorder (whether the eating disorder is food addiction, bulimia or anorexia).

We understand that a client who is in treatment for multiple addictions or disorders needs individualized care. We treat every one of our clients respectfully as a person and create customized treatment plans with multiple types of therapy, based on the client’s individual needs.

Treatment For Clients With A Secondary Eating Disorder

When our clients are receiving secondary help for food addiction and bulimia, they will need time to develop trust with their therapists and may not feel comfortable admitting how much they ate, when they last purged, or that they are still purging even after seeking treatment. They may be more likely to be able to open up to fellow peers in a group therapy session, which is less intimidating. At The Dunes, our clients receive individual and group counseling sessions as part of their treatment.

For clients who are looking for treatment for anorexia, they may tell their treatment team that they are eating more than they really are, especially if they are being treated on an outpatient basis. During a group therapy session where they are interacting with other clients who have or are experiencing similar challenges, a new client may be more likely to open up and share her experiences. If she feels accepted by the group, she will find it easier to talk to her treatment team in the same open manner.

Nutritional Counseling And Professional Chef

We always include nutritional counseling as part of our treatment plan to help our clients learn how to prepare healthy meals and why nutrition is so important for long-term recovery and sobriety. We also have a professional chef who works closely with our accredited Nutritionist and Dietician to provide local and fresh meals for our clients.

Overcoming any addiction takes time and commitment, but there is a brighter future waiting for those who are willing to take the first step and admit they need help.

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What Are Behavioral Addictions And How Are They Similar To Substance Addictions?

Not all addictions involve drugs or alcohol and in the case of behavioral addictions, the affected person becomes dependent on a behavior to achieve a “high” and to “escape” from his or her life.

Examples Of Behavioral Addictions

What Are Behavioral Addictions - Outpatient Treatment - Dunes OPA person can become addicted to activities such as:

  • Food
  • Sex
  • Gambling
  • The Internet
  • Shopping
  • Video Games

How Behavioral Addictions Are Similar To Substance Addictions

No matter the type of addiction, all addictions have a compulsive component. A pattern develops where participating in the activity takes on an ever-increasing importance in the addict’s life, to the extent that he or she thinks about it most of the time and has cravings to participate in the activity.

  • The behavior changes the person’s mood by giving what is to them a positive consequence. It can be described as a “high.” The person may start using the behavior as a coping strategy to deal with stress, boredom, anxiety, or other difficult emotions.
  • Over time, it takes more of the activity to achieve the same level of satisfaction, since the client develops a tolerance.
  • If the person can’t engage in the activity, he or she experiences negative feelings, such as irritability or moodiness. Some people even react physically and get “the shakes.”
  • Behavioral addictions cause conflict between the addict and his or her family members, friends, and co-workers. The addict may promise not to engage in the behavior again and appear to be sincere in the moment but someone who is truly addicted cannot stop and will continue the same behaviors without professional help. Engaging in the addiction may cost an inordinate amount of money, and it will take time away from the addict’s family and work, which is a further source of conflict.
  • Even if a behavioral addict does have a self-imposed period of abstinence, he or she will revert back to earlier behavioral patterns without addiction treatment.

Outpatient Treatment For Behavioral Addictions

Behavioral addictions can be successfully treated. At The Dunes OP, we get to the source of the problem and treat clients for behavioral as well as substance addictions on an outpatient basis. This allows our clients to continue to receive treatment without interrupting their home, work or family life.

Call Us Now To See How Our Personalized Outpatient Treatment Programs Can Help You Break Free From The Bondage Of Addiction!

Who Does Outpatient Rehab Work Best For?

Though inpatient rehabs have a solid place in addiction treatment, many individuals can benefit greatly from outpatient rehab care. With less intensive treatment and accommodation of full-time schedules, outpatient programs offer intervention, therapy and the education necessary for long-term abstinence following drug addiction. Deciding which option to pursue requires assessment of the patient’s physical and psychological health, personal responsibilities and specialized treatment needs.

Who Does Outpatient Rehab Work Best For - The Dunes OPWhen Is Outpatient Drug Rehab Appropriate?

There are many cases in which outpatient rehab can prove the best option for those seeking recovery from drug and alcohol abuse. It is essential that our counselors perform a complete and professional assessment before making a recommendation. However, there are a number of signs to indicate whether outpatient treatment is a proper fit.

Lower Levels Of Physical Drug Addiction

Our outpatient program is often recommended to those who can achieve abstinence with a short visit to a detoxification center prior to enrollment, or who have already achieved physical sobriety. In many cases, lower levels of, or less severe physical addiction are correlated with shorter-term drug use.

Supportive Home Environment

Because our outpatient program does not offer 24/7 supervision, success within the program depends heavily on the client’s home environment. Clients with a supportive and sober family, healthy living situation, and positive relationships tend to fare much better in outpatient programs. The family’s commitment to their loved one’s sobriety can make a huge difference throughout treatment, as families learn to understand the dynamics of addiction, repair trust and relationships, and address family roles through addiction education and family counseling sessions.

Work / Family Responsibilities

While success in treatment far outweighs logistical needs in the wake of substance abuse, some of our clients have circumstances (such as child care needs, work responsibilities, or shared custody arrangements) that make outpatient rehab the most logical choice for recovery.

The Need And Motivation To Achieve Sobriety

Though recovery does not hinge on motivation levels alone, outpatient care tends to require a higher level of determination. This often means participation in 12-step meetings, healthy lifestyle building, trigger avoidance, and seeking ongoing treatment in order to ensure a healthy and lasting sobriety. We recommend our inpatient rehab for clients who require higher levels of addiction treatment in a residential setting.

No matter the type of addiction treatment you need, we have the caring and qualified staff to meet all of your recovery needs. Call us now!