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How can exercise help you?

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Asked: 2018-03-02 16:58:39
I am in recovery from pain pill addiction and during rehab they made us go to the gym almost everyday. I was miserable at the time but I want to know how exercise can actually help you in recovery from addiction.


Answered: 2018-03-03 21:54:31

Exercise doesnt only help you to get healthier in mind, body and spirit, but it opens up new ways to enjoy the little things in life. I am a avid exerciser and in recovery as well. Exercise helps me banish stress and mental frustrations, which we addicts know all too well. Also it just helps make me a happier person and overall better to be around.


Answered: 2018-03-03 08:25:48

This question is cool... I like it. You must be bored if your asking about exercise for recovery purposes.


Answered: 2019-01-02 23:15:14

Ella, physical activity is the pits but when you are in recovery from a process addiction aka substance abuse addiction you MUST break that process of substance use to feel X ( X meaning happy, content, chill, down, hyped, euphoria, ect. ) So when you are in treatment for an addiction you need exercise for a couple of reasons. Exercise generally helps your brain chemical activity ( dopamine and serotonin ) regulate due to mind altering substances. Your brain learns to release small amount of these chemicals again as compared to dropping MDMA and partying. These small releases of happy chemicals will help stabilize your mood as you get used to being sober. So, the second reason is probably one that you have already experienced. The cravings, getting stuck in your head about abuse and raw feelings- hitting the treadmill to run it out is way better than crying in a corner. And then the white elephant in the room, weight gain. Some drugs discourage weight gain and causes extreme weight loss. When you get clean and maintain sobriety food starts tasting good again, many people eat their feelings to control cravings, and of course in rehab they encourage 3 meals a day. Physical activity helps control all these things before and after rehab. Oh to push the exercise thing even further, in the first year of recovery there are plenty of trials that you will experience and normally Support group meetings help with those trials but when people do not want to do support groups they will go to the gym to work out their craving. I knew a client that found their recovery in the gym, triggers: hit the gym, cravings gym, on verge of relapse HIT THE GYM! Granted i do not recommend relying too heavy on the gym but I have known clients that have used the gym as their higher power. Hope this help Ella.

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