Getting fit after addiction is essential. Mentally fit. Physically fit. And spiritually fit. These recovery workout tips will help you stay on the road to long-term sobriety.
The Importance of a Recovery Workout
Addiction takes a toll on mind, body and soul. A heavy toll. And healing mind, body and soul is an essential part of addiction recovery. So for recovery to truly work out, you'll need an effective recovery workout. You'll want to be thorough and diligent, as well as committed, to all three aspects of your well-being. Because only then will you be able to achieve long-term sobriety.
Getting Mentally Fit
Addicts too often live in their own heads; heads too often hampered by cloudy thinking. There is the obsession to use. And there is the fear of not using. Then there is the shame and regret brought about by those very same fears and obsessions. Many addicts turn to Alcoholics Anonymous. Because A.A.'s Big Book provides tips that'll help clear the thinking of everyone, regardless of their particular addiction. A.A.'s Big Book is especially helpful to those who thoroughly work through the 12 Steps.
Here are a few other helpful tips for getting mentally fit:
- Non-Opioid M.A.T.
- One-on-One Therapy
- Group Therapy
All of the above will help the addict get out of his or her own head, and open up the mind to clearer thinking. Non-Opioid M.A.T. will address co-occurring disorders without the risk of a new addiction. One-on-One Therapy provides an opportunity to talk out any issues. Group Therapy gives an addict the strength of camaraderie. Reading allows for escape. And journaling allows for introspection. An effective recovery center not only provides the first three; it also wholeheartedly encourages the last two.
Getting Physically Fit
Addicts run their bodies into the ground. Addictions make us physically sick, inside and out. Our hearts. Our lungs. Even our kidneys. All become wrecked by our particular vices. Our skin ages and flakes. Our muscles atrophy. In short, we not only take on the characteristics of corpses, but we hasten our way to the grave. So it's absolutely essential that we treat what physically ails us. Consult a physician before you begin any strenuous recovery workout. And work with a physical therapist wherever possible.
Here are a few tips for getting physically fit:
All of the above will help you get physically fit, with or without a gym. Parks and beaches are ideal for walking. Same goes for running. Of course, the ocean is best for swimming, considering the therapeutic powers of salt water. But many municipalities also have public pools that can be accessed at nominal cost. You can do aerobics (or calisthenics) anywhere. Pilates too. And YouTube has untold numbers of helpful exercise videos. The most effective recovery facilities however not only offer proximity to parks and beaches, but they also provide on-site gyms and professional trainers.
Getting Spiritually Fit
Addiction is never kind to the spirit. And addicts often enter treatment spiritually bereft, if not downright bankrupt. We lie. We cheat. And we steal. We con. And we cajole. We lose our scruples. We drop our standards. And we sacrifice our ethics. Until we eventually reach a point where morals no longer even exist. We become immoral, as well as amoral. That is, we not only stop conforming to accepted standards of morality, but we also start lacking any moral sense. All that rips apart our spirit.
Here are a few tips for getting spiritually fit:
- Good Deeds
All of the above will help restore your spiritual well-being. Prayer can be to God, Buddha, Allah, Zeus or any deity you choose. It can also be deity-free. If you'd like, try lopping off the "God" from Reinhold Niebuhr's Serenity Prayer. Meditation doesn't require any particular deity either. It simply requires stillness. This can be done in your bedroom before or after your day. Or it can be done in your car before or after a meeting. Anywhere you can be alone.
Forgiveness on the other hand includes everyone. Forgiving others for whatever they may (or may not have) done to you. Forgiving yourself for whatever you may (and likely have) done to others. Mostly though, it requires that you forgive yourself for what you did to yourself. Good deeds work on the same principle. Doing good deeds for others will help you heal inside. So will doing a good deed or three for yourself.
Yoga is yoga. Easily done alone in the comfort of your own home, but perhaps better accomplished among others.
Recovery Boot Camp's Recovery Workout
Recovery Boot Camp believes in treating the mind, body and soul of the addict. That's why we designed an addiction treatment program that's committed to healing all three. We call it Basic Training. And it's as comprehensive as it is effective.
Basic Training begins and ends with the Big Book. Why? Because A.A.'s guide to sobriety not only clears the mind, but it also awakens the spirit. And it's done just that for well over a century. We also provide Non-Opioid M.A.T., as well as One-on-One and Group Therapy. And we encourage as much reading and journaling as possible. In fact, both are built into our extensive coursework.
Basic Training also means getting physically fit. We're within minutes from numerous parks and beaches, so you're always close to healthy places to walk, run or swim. And we field a team of fitness instructors and physical therapists to tailor a regimen that fits each client's particular needs. That also includes weight-training in our on-site gym.
Most importantly, perhaps, are Basic Training's spiritual components. Again, they begin and end with A.A.'s Big Book, because we've found working the 12 Steps to be the most effective way to a spiritual awakening. But those same spiritual principles are also to be found in our coursework, as well as in our therapy sessions. Then there's the spiritual solace to be had through close camaraderie and strong sober support. In other words, we walk the walk that leads to long-term sobriety.