Creating a healthy new lifestyle can help addicts manage their recovery more easily and increase their chances of success. Getting proper addiction therapy and creating a strong support network are crucial, but taking additional steps to create a better lifestyle can enhance that therapy and create a more fulfilling life for the addict.
If you are fresh from recovery, or you are looking to enroll in a drug treatment center and make plans for your recovery, consider these four things you can do to better manage your recovery:
You know you need to eat a good diet, but you may not realize how much your eating habits will affect your overall mood and well-being. You need to commit yourself to healthy eating now if you want to improve your chances of success during your recovery.
You don’t have to eat perfectly healthy foods, such as organic fruits and vegetables at every meal, and you don’t have to give up pizza and hot dogs entirely. Just make an effort to eat well-balanced meals, and ensure that you are eating three meals a day to keep your blood sugar and your energy levels steady. Avoiding eating heavy meals at dinner since they can make it hard for you to fall asleep or to get restful sleep, and don’t drink two hours before bed or you’ll be waking up to use the bathroom instead of sleeping soundly. Eat sleep-inducing foods like bananas and nuts to get the best rest you can.
Again, you don’t have to spend your life in the gym, but you do need to get regular exercise to keep your body healthy and to better regulate your moods. Regular exercise will help you manage stress better, will make you more emotionally resilient, and will help you sleep better – all of which will help you in your recovery.
Try working out in the mornings if you can, as this will give you more energy for the day and will set a more positive tone. Don’t forget to stretch. Do whatever seems fun and gets you moving. You can walk, swim, dance, do yoga, or kick box. You don’t need to do anything strenuous, and you don’t need to work out for hours. Thirty minutes of moderate exercise most days a week is sufficient.
You may not realize how much you are affected by your environment, but it can definitely make your mood a more positive or negative one. Be mindful when you are in your space and make whatever changes are necessary. Paint the walls a lighter color, block out the light while you are sleeping and let it in when you are awake, and make sure the temperature is comfortable.
Consider decluttering your home, as well. Clutter can weigh you down in ways you don’t realize. Get rid of the things you don’t need, as well as the things that have negative associations. You will feel lighter, and you will be happier when you are in your own space.
Sometimes, emotional issues can contribute to your addiction, either starting it or continuing it. Getting addiction counseling can help you sort through these issues, but there are plenty of other things you can do to support your mental health, as well.
Try meditating to help you be more in the moment and to relieve stress and anxiety. Meditation can help you remove triggers for your addiction, and in some cases, it can help you get to the root of your addiction. Also practice self-care, such as staying away from negative and toxic people, spending more time with friends and family who support you, engaging in hobbies, and spending time alone. The more you can do to support your mental health, the more successful your addiction treatment will be.
Successful recovery will be a result of you taking charge of your health and of getting the best help you can through an addiction clinic and a combination of medical care, counseling, and more. Recovery can be a difficult process. Take advantage of everything you can to improve your chances of success.
Corebella Health and Wellness in Arizona offers a range of services to help you break your addiction and develop a healthier lifestyle. We offer addiction counseling, medical addiction therapy, and more. We also have a suboxone doctor on staff to provide medical replacement therapy. Since we are also a general wellness clinic, we offer other services to promote your well-being after the initial treatment phase. Call us to learn more about our services in Glendale and Tempe!
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