(Courtesy of Recovery at Crossroads)
The foundation for long-term rehabilitation is physical well-being. When we use active substances, our bodies suffer physical consequences, and it takes time for our bodies to recuperate. It all begins with fundamental bodily requirements such as appropriate diet, good sleep hygiene and physical fitness. Early on in recovery, it’s critical to prioritize these wellness building blocks in order to lay a firm foundation upon which to enhance our emotional and spiritual well-being.
Exercise makes the body stronger and healthier, but there’s more to it for those in early recovery. Substance abuse changes and depletes the neurotransmitters in our brain that produce serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine, which release natural sensations of happiness. Our brains release these chemicals when we exercise, which improves our mood, replenishes our energy and creates sensations like self-esteem, pleasure and joy. These sensations help us heal by combating feelings of guilt, regret, wrath and grief, which can sabotage long-term rehabilitation.
Basic dietary needs are frequently overlooked when using active substances, and this has a significant physical impact on our bodies. For many people in early recovery, the notion of eating a nutritious, balanced diet is foreign or forgotten, and it is necessary to develop a regular practice of eating healthful meals. It’s critical to replenish our bodies with key vitamins and minerals lost during active substance use, as well as cultivate good habits like eating veggies, protein, whole grains, and staying hydrated. To guarantee a healthy diet that fuels the body, restores health, creates energy and aids recovery, these habits must be established early on.
Sleep patterns are frequently disturbed during active substance use, and it might take time to rebuild appropriate sleep hygiene in early recovery. We become angry, drained, sluggish and even despairing when our sleep is disrupted or insufficient. Even with adequate exercise and diet, these sentiments impede healing and make it difficult to achieve physical well-being. Early on in recovery, establishing a normal sleep schedule is critical as part of general well-being, which allows recovery to flourish.
Recovery at The Crossroads focuses on all aspects of recovery. If you or a loved one is struggling, do not wait; call now, (856) 474-1602, or visit www.kosherrecovery.org.