Nutrition and Exercise


Learning how to take care of your body through proper nutrition and exercise that’s right for you, you are able to learn discipline, patience, and become more determined in your every day life. At Aurora Recovery Centre (ARC), our members learn how to take care of themselves and to understand what their body needs through our medically sanctioned personal exercise program. Each member’s exercise plan is based upon medical recommendation and the member’s physical tolerance, capacity and preference.


Our personal fitness exercise program includes:

  • Beautiful walking trails
  • A gold-standard exercise facility
  • An Olympic-sized swimming pool
  • Various equipment for outdoor games and exercise
  • Yoga and meditation
  • Access to a certified personal trainer
Our personal trainer meets with every client individually to create and assist them with their personalized fitness and nutrition plans with our ARC Fit program.


People living with an addiction or mental illness often neglect their body’s need for certain foods leading them to malnourishment. Having a well-rounded, balanced diet that is catered for your specific body is essential to healing not only your body, but to improve your mental health during your recovery process.

Depending on a person’s addiction, different health issues can arise and their bodies will need different diets to regain their strength. For example, those addicted to stimulants often have low levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Meanwhile, opiate users typically are deficient in iron, calcium and vitamins D and B6.


Common nutritional issues due to an addiction include:

  • Vitamin deficiencies and their respective physical or mental manifestations
  • Fatigue
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Weakened immune system
  • Digestive problems
  • Ulcers
  • Depression or anxiety

At ARC, our nutritionists and dietitians work with each of our members to identify what their personal health goals are and how to achieve them. We have two executive chefs who prepare our snacks and meals just for people who are in recovery.

Our nutritional therapy aims to:

  • Heal and nourish the body
  • Stabilize mood and reduce feelings of stress
  • Reduce cravings
  • Identify and treat co-occurring disorders that have resulted from substance abuse or vice-versa
  • Encourage self-care and a healthy lifestyle

Aurora Recovery Centre’s philosophies are consistently reflected in the way we value our members and staff. Everything we do is in the interest of our members’ recovery for life.

Aurora’s treatment process is built upon a member-first culture and stands on three pillars that reflect our philosophy toward our members’ recovery: Heal, Connect and Recover.

From initial contact with Aurora, you begin to experience our Member-First Culture. Our highly experienced Addiction Specialists help you navigate the complex, emotional decision to admit to treatment.