Exercise affects recovery from drug addiction. Studies from various research institutions have shown that exercise in moderation helps in a successful recovery. Exercise during drug rehab can:
Provide structure to the day
Adding an exercise routine helps the person form a definite daily schedule. Since it takes up time and energy in a positive way, the more destructive thoughts and behaviors are kept at bay.
Produce “happy hormones”
Exercise raises the levels of neurochemicals that are known to produce pleasurable sensations. Endorphins, the most prevalent hormone released and increased during exercise, help prevent relapse tendencies by making the person feel good.
Bring a sense of accomplishment
People with drug addiction can easily fail at accomplishing worthwhile activities. Successfully completing a workout or a fitness event fosters a feeling of achievement, and further encourages attempts to reach recovery goals.
Heal the body and brain
According to studies, exercise can restore normal sleep patterns, relieve the symptoms of depression, and strengthen the immune system, which are all problems incurred during drug addiction.
Having a fit or toned body can be achieved with regular exercise. As recovering persons see the results of exercise in their bodies, their confidence and self-image are boosted.
All these exercise benefits can motivate recovering addicts to continue with their efforts toward a healthier lifestyle. Trained professionals can design fitness programs that would be most appropriate for each person’s needs.