When a man or woman becomes addicted to drugs or alcohol, the need to satisfy that addiction becomes overwhelming. They will lie, cheat, and steal to make sure that they can enjoy their next fix. The cravings the drugs or alcohol induced on the body make it next to impossible to resist the urge to “medicate.”
When an addict enters into recovery, the first step is to strip the body of its imagined need for the substance of the addiction. After the steps of recovery have been followed, the now healthier version of that man or woman needs to find a way to keep those urges at bay. A physical workout routine could be just the thing. Here’s why.
Exercise Relieves Stress
The largest reason many people succumb to an addiction of any kind is to escape the stress of everyday life. Each person’s day to day routine can be very different. Some live with domestic abuse, some deal with high pressured jobs, and some are under the illusion that you need drugs and alcohol to have a good time.
With that said, an addiction is only a temporary escape route. When the addict comes down from a high or sobers up, the problem is right there waiting on them and usually no better than when they started. After an addict has completed a rehabilitation program, a good workout routine can help to curb the stress that pushed them to make the wrong choices in the beginning.
Whether it is just the matter of concentrating on the next rep or just being too tired to bother afterwards, exercise can curb the temptation to relapse by removing one of the most common reasons for it. Stress.
It Is A Natural High
The main purpose of any addiction is to escape by creating a world that feels better to be in than the real one. A workout routine can offer the same benefit with a much healthier outcome. When you exercise, one of the things your body does to thank you is to get rid of excess cortisol. This is commonly known as the main stress hormone.
On top of that, your brain floods your system with endorphins. These endorphins act as a natural high delivering the feeling a shot of morphine might produce. They also act as a sedative, which helps you to sleep better. These effects combined are a great way to avoid depression as well as a relapse.
Working Out Improves Self Esteem
How many of us look in the mirror every day and compliment ourselves on how awesome we look? Not many, huh? This phenomenon is just as common among recovering addicts as it is among the rest of us. Matter-of-fact, it is the reason many men and women are reduced to drug use. The promise of quick weight loss has persuaded many people to try drugs like methamphetamines and cocaine.
However, setting up a good workout routine after your rehabilitation program is complete can help you get stronger, healthier, and more focused on the life you should be living. All these things are bound to make you feel better about yourself reducing the likelihood that you will fall back into old habits of addiction.
If you or someone you know are struggling with the temptation of relapse, use these tips to help persuade them toward a solid workout program.