First Line of Defense
Exercise is a natural way to heal and strengthen the body and mind during the addiction recovery process. When you abuse alcohol or drugs, the body takes a beating. You jeopardize the natural functions of almost all of your main systems: cardiovascular, digestive, nervous, endocrine, pulmonary and musculoskeletal. Consuming alcohol or taking drugs impairs your vision, judgment, body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure. Almost always, addicts ignore their health and their body begins to show signs of decline and weakening.
Bluff Plantation believes that a healthy body is the first line of defense against inevitable stress and cravings, allowing improved abstinence and sustained recovery. Our programs provide daily physical wellness and exercise physiology.
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Releasing Natural Endorphins
It can be common for an individual to experience depression or irritability during withdrawal, so behavioral treatments can help an addict foster healthy, drug-free living, both physically and emotionally.
Exercising causes the natural release of endorphins (which is similar to a natural high). Individuals who exercise frequently generally feel better and look forward to the next session. Studies also show that exercise can reduce stress. Another natural chemical hormone, galanin, is responsible for mood regulation and blood pressure regulation. Galanin seems to diminish certain stress-related cravings. It is because of the reactions of these neurotransmitters that scientists believe long-term exercise may diminish drug-seeking behaviors.
Exercise in Long-Term Recovery Plan
Physical wellness and exercise training while in treatment is only the first step in a life of addiction recovery. Maintaining a physical wellness and exercise program post-treatment is equally important to achieving long-term sobriety.
At Bluff Plantation, our clients are guided through a realistic fitness and health plan, one that we believe can be adopted and used post-treatment. It is developed according to your physical strength, goals and motivation. Clients are highly encouraged to work with their recovery coaches and continuing care coordinators to find exercise groups in their communities.
Well-Structured Fitness Program Heals
A well-structured fitness program for addiction rehabilitation provides many benefits such as improved cardiovascular health, better strength, improved sense of well being, and better self-esteem. At Bluff Plantation, we ensure that our clients follow a structured physical wellness and exercise physiology program together with their daily schedule of group therapy, one-on-one counseling, relaxation, meditation and excellent nutrition.