Exercise releases endorphins, increases strength, and improves overall well being. Physical exercise is a core component for many treatment programs helping to heal the effects of opioid addiction. Addiction is a mental health disorder that affects the mind, the body and the spirit. In order to achieve balance after addiction to opioids disrupts natural balance, all three areas must be worked on.
The mind needs to gain it strength back to learn how to process difficult emotions, excel in cognitive functions, and start developing properly again. The spirit needs to gain its strength back so it can carry hope, faith, trust, surrender, and belief- all of which are required for helping someone stay committed to sobriety. Lastly, the body needs to be strong because it is the ship, the vessel guiding one through the recovery process. Getting enough sleep, eating a nutritionally balanced diet, and keeping the body healthy is essential to fostering the mental and spiritual parts of recovery.
Depression, anxiety, and symptoms of early recovery from drug addiction or alcoholism are all helped with regular exercise. For early recovery exercise does not have to be rigorous or goal oriented. There is not set weight, body shape, or strength level that defines one recovery as better than the other. All that is required is about thirty minutes of exercise a day to ge the heart pumping and the body moving.
Benefits of exercise for recovery from opioid addiction
First, exercise helps break stagnant materials up in the muscles. According to eastern sciences, the body stores more than chemicals. It stores emotions and energy. When there are blocks in therapy, exercise can help release muscle areas that might be holding onto emotional stress or tension. Second, stress and tension are released through physical exercise. Exercise is a great way to practice mindfulness, focus on the present moment, and pay attention to the body rather than what is going on in the mind. Third, exercise can lead to sweat. Sweating is an important detoxification process for the body. Residual chemicals from substance abuse can continue to be released and cleansed from the body through exercise.
Additionally, exercise releases endorphins. Endorphins are hormones produced by the brain within the nervous system. Specifically, they are peptides which activate the brain’s natural opiate receptors. Exercise can cause a similar analgesic effect as opioids do, making exercise a helpful tool for those recovering from opioid addiction.
Aurora Recovery Centre offers a program for opioid addiction treatment that is holistically focused on curing mind, body, and spirit. Combining holistic practices with evidence based treatment methods, Aurora provides the Manitoba area with luxury residential treatment programs for addiction and co-occurring disorders. If you or a loved one are suffering from opioid addiction and are ready for help call 1-844-515-STOP today.