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Exercise and Adventure Therapy

Individuals who are dealing with addiction, be it drugs, alcohol, or a combination of both, must find ways to maintain motivation and regain their strength. Exercise is a powerful tool in whatever capacity it is used. It releases endorphins that elevate mood and enhance feelings of well-being. It also helps to burn off the effects of the drugs, including opiates. As the body burns calories, it also helps to break down toxins making it possible for them to be flushed away.

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Adventure Therapy

Adventure therapy is a form of treatment where the patient participates in outdoor adventures that include hiking, boating, rock climbing, and camping. This type of therapy offers an abundance of fresh air and exercise, in addition to physical and mental challenges that are meant to sharpen the mind and tone the body. Adventure therapy is ideal for individuals who like to spend time in nature. For as challenging as it is, it also provides new life skills and a sense of accomplishment that comes with learning to overcome obstacles. Being outside provides fresh air and sunshine the body can benefit from as the patient begins their long journey of healing.

Yoga Therapy

Yoga therapy is especially helpful for patients who can benefit from relaxation techniques. The stretching and posing allow them to take control of their body and mind. They are taught to breathe and focus on the task at hand, giving them a sense of well-being that comes from a strictly regimented physical fitness program. Both yoga and adventure therapy provide physical and mental health benefits. Much like other forms of exercise, yoga therapy helps to exercise and tone the muscles, while at the same time, clearing the mind through the use of breathing techniques.

The Benefits of Exercise During Withdrawal

People who use opiates and other drugs continually try to recreate the feeling of euphoria they experienced when they first used the drug. Intense exercise releases endorphins which mimic those feelings. Although they are not as intense, they still allow the person to experience a sort of “natural high” that elevates their mood and promotes feelings of well-being.

Combined with flushing out the toxins left behind by the drugs, the patient will begin to feel invigorated. Moderate exercise performed on a regular basis also begins to increase a person’s physical strength and improve overall heart and cardiovascular function. As circulation improves, more oxygen is carried throughout the body, allowing the person to think more clearly and focus for longer periods of time.

Combining Exercise and Adventure Therapy

Exercises like yoga and Pilates combined with adventure therapy can be included in a holistic drug rehab program that helps the patient work themselves away from their addiction. As they continue to free themselves from the drugs and alcohol, they can focus on improving their physical and mental health. While using exercise for opiate withdrawal is nothing new, holistic practitioners are beginning to include it to help reduce the severity of the patient’s withdrawal symptoms.

The goal of including exercise is to not only flush away the toxins left behind by the drugs but also to kickstart the process of invigorating and strengthening the body and the mind. Adventure therapy puts the patient to the test, encouraging them to use their newfound strength and stamina to face mental and physical challenges.

What’s the Difference at Elevate’s Holistic Rehab Centers?

Holistic drug rehabilitation centers take a different approach than other types of programs. With holistic treatment, all aspects of the patient are treated. The physical symptoms of withdrawal to the emotional anguish of a past traumatic event are all equally addressed, allowing for a more complete healing to take place. Throughout the course of the treatment program, the patient is taught to eliminate the habits that contributed to their addictive behavior.

They are then taught new and positive lifestyle habits that they can use throughout their life to keep them strong and healthy. New habits and behaviors are not just introduced, they are put into action so that they become second nature. The patient begins to employ those behaviors as part of their everyday thinking processes. When the time comes for the patient to return home, they have at their disposal the physical strength gained from exercise and the mental problem-solving techniques they learned as part of their adventure therapy. Both work together to help the patient build a stronger, more powerful future.

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