When someone decides to stop using drugs or alcohol, they have already come to terms with their addiction. They want to change their life for the better and learn how to live well in recovery. Once in-patient care is completed, the goal is to resume daily activities while staying clean.
While the process of recovery is personal, not everyone understands the importance of staying active, especially when they integrate back into society.
Importance of Staying Active in Recovery
Early in the addiction, users may have continued to live normally. They may have gone to work and even worked out or continued to engage in their favorite form of exercise. Unfortunately, as addiction worsens, it’s common for users to let their health go by the wayside. Their focus becomes distorted and physical activities are usually replaced with using or finding ways to acquire their substance of choice.
However, once in-patient treatment is complete or while in detox, staying active is even more important. Exercise, even low-impact aerobics, can reduce stress and create a feeling of calm. Exercise also allows for time of reflection; thinking about future goals and how you plan to achieve them.
Note, the physical activity you choose does not need to suit anyone’s ideal. It is up to you and what you want to do or try. Maybe you want to start running but have never done so. You can dedicate increasing intervals every day where you start jogging for short bursts until you are able to run for 30 minutes without stopping. Just like in recovery, you need to set short-term goals first.
Then, once you surpass those goals, set new ones and challenge yourself to keep going. Sober activities are something that gives you structure and enjoyment, so make sure you aren’t choosing one just because you think it is the right thing to do.
Aside from physical fitness, there are slew of other ways to stay active in recovery. If you are an extrovert by nature, you can volunteer to help out in your community, speak to youth groups or even spend time with the elderly. If you love animals, you can volunteer at your local animal shelter. From taking dogs for walks to helping with feeding and grooming, shelters can always use an extra set of hands.
The goal of staying active during recovery is finding activities that make you feel good. You also need to be accountable for your recovery, so make sure you aren’t putting yourself in a position for you to lose sight of your recovery.
For instance, even if you love music festivals where you can dance and enjoy time with friends, it might be the best place for you just yet. Where you go and what you do should rely heavily on where you are in your recovery.
Admitting you need help and making your way through recovery is nothing short than admirable. Since you entered recovery, making the right choices once you are discharged from care is the next step.
Music City Interventions offers a confidential, professional, and caring approach to intervention services for families and their loved ones affected by addiction or alcoholism in Nashville or across the US. Our goal in alcohol and drug addiction treatment is to discreetly and effectively work with our clients through loving confrontation and intervention for the affected party. For more information on how Music City Interventions can help, please reach out to us.