How Exercise Enhances the Recovery from Addiction 

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Recovery from Addiction

People wanting to look and feel good will indulge themselves in exercises and other workout programs. Body exercises can help tone the muscles, help with body contouring, improve the look of the skin, build muscles, and improve strength and balance. If you want to keep your weight in check, you will actively consider weight loss exercises. There is just so much you can gain when you engage in exercises. Individuals recovering from addiction face many hurdles, often they find themselves in relapses where the withdrawal symptoms can be so severe.

Lifting weights and taking outdoor cardio can help with your addiction recovery efforts. An in-depth analysis of the situation of a drug overdose in America reveals that it’s an epidemic and swiftly spreading geographically and growing across different demographic groups. Research experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed that drug overdose resulted in 63,632 deaths of Americans in 2016 and a majority of those involved the use of prescription or illicit opioids.

CDC’s analysis also shows that more drug overdose deaths are being fueled by the increasing consumption of synthetic opioids rather than methadone, a good example being the use of an illicitly manufactured fentanyl. In a devastating situation where drug abuse and addiction is ruining families, costing the state and federal governments, individuals have a role to play in ending the problem. It isn’t an easy thing, but with every recovery of an addict, it creates more hope and strength to beat the scourge.

Exercise and Post-acute Withdrawal

Exercise helps improve mood and combat symptoms like anxiety and insomnia during the withdrawal period. Having 10 to 15 minutes of workout in the morning can do a lot of good. Post-acute withdrawal (PAWS) often involves depression, insomnia, and anxiety and it can go on up to a year. The reason you experience these symptoms is that of brain imbalances caused by addiction. The imbalances are also the reason many people get back to their habits of taking drugs and alcohol. Exercise helps the body to release “feel-good” chemicals and repair the brain. A study conducted by Vanderbilt University involving a group consisting of heavy dependent marijuana users showed that users were able to voluntarily reduce their use by 50 percent within weeks after they were introduced to a workout program.

Exercise and Brain Chemicals

Working out your body helps the brain to release the so-called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). With BDNF, the brain begins to produce new neurons while also repairing the existing ones. It is a new discovery that has helped shed more light on what happens when you exercise the body. Pieces of research also indicate that GABA helps to promote a feeling of relaxation and it is released when you exercise. A hormone known as oxytocin is released when you exercise, and it helps in trust and bonding. With time, exercise allows the brain to discover new pathways and begin to repair itself through what is called neuroplasticity.

Exercise Improves Mind-Body Connection 

Exercise initiates many physiological chain reactions that have an impact on our well-being. A hormesis is a form of stress that allows the body system to get stronger, and exercises is a good example of hermetic stress. The mind-body connection also has something to do with hormonal balance. Taking drugs affects the levels of testosterone hormone making individuals be depressed. You can restore your sex hormones by exercising and taking a diet made of up healthy fats. When you improve your fitness level, you build self-esteem, something that makes you stay away from the destructive behaviors involving drug abuse and addiction. Think of it this way; while addiction brings a vicious cycle, exercises promote a virtuous cycle to help unify the body and mind.

The Best Exercise for Addiction Recovery 

There may be no any hard-lined rules that you can say describe what the best exercises and workouts for addiction recovery are. The most important thing is to make sure you take part in exercise and activities that you enjoy and help you achieve your goals. When recovering from addiction, your main goal is to make sure that you don’t get back to the destructive pattern and you gain control over withdrawal symptoms. But you also want to get a symbol of body improvement and change that you can associate with your success in recovering from addiction. Probably you want to get a tight, well-contoured and toned body as an emblem or reflection of your success and how you have been able to counter the aging effects drugs had caused on your body appearances such as sagging skin, jowls, and wrinkles or smokers lines.

You can try out lifting weights, running sprints, and learning martial arts. You may also try paddle boarding, yoga, rock climbing, and water skiing. Simply said, you can introduce your own workouts or work closely with a personal trainer to help you come up with suitable workout routines. Don’t forget to get on board other people in your workout – exercising with buddies increases the levels of oxytocin hormone. Remember to incorporate a diet that goes hand in hand with your workout goals, addiction recovery, and improvement of the drug withdrawal symptoms.