Repairing the damage caused to the body by long-term substance abuse is a vital part of overcoming addiction. Real recovery from addiction is more than just getting clean and sober. It is more than just “quitting” drugs or alcohol. It is a lifestyle change that leads to a more positive and productive way of living. A major part of this lifestyle change is repairing the physical damage that results from neglecting and abusing the body. Many programs today focus on the physical and emotional well-being and recovery of their patients by recommending programs that address these factors.
Many of the patients that enter rehab are in poor physical condition when they arrive at our treatment center. Poor diet and eating habits can cause malnutrition. Sleeping patterns have been disrupted for weeks, months, or even years, and the resulting physical exhaustion can have even further adverse effects on thought processes. Lack of exercise or physical activity has deteriorated muscles and weakened the body. All of this going on can make it quite difficult to concentrate on recovery.
Treatment Focuses on Physical Well-Being and Recovery
At Best Drug Rehabilitation, we focus first on helping people find a program that helps heal their bodies. Combined with nutritional therapy using a healthy, balanced diet, the most efficient way to address the physical issues caused by addiction is through exercise. Patients should have daily access to fully equipped exercise rooms and guidance from an on-staff personal trainer.
Patient’s Perspective on Benefits
Kenny M. gave us a patient’s perspective on the benefits that an emphasis on physical health had in his recovery from addiction. Among the many things that our patients find to be most helpful to them as they work through their programs, the daily access to our fitness center and the assistance that Jim provides is consistently found near the top of the list, and for good reason. “With Jim as my personal trainer,” Kenny tells us, “I get a lot more done, and I’m able to stay more focused. I often feel like, when detoxing off of any substance, you’re going through an emotional roller coaster, so the main thing to do would be to find certain things that take your mind off of stress and tension. For me, that would be working out.” Having the ability to decompress and blow off some steam helps many of our patients work through the more difficult parts of the rehabilitation process. Stepping away for a little while and coming back to the problem refreshed and revitalized can sometimes make all of the difference in the world.
Holistic and Natural Methods Used for Addressing Chronic Pain
Another focus of our efforts to help our patients repair their bodies is found in addressing any injuries or other problems that may be causing chronic pain. In recent years, we have seen a huge upswing in the number of cases where the path to addiction began with a prescription of pain medication. Too often, doctors will quickly write out an order for painkillers and other opiate-derived medications, masking pain instead of addressing the cause of the pain and solving the problem. As the individual becomes accustomed to a particular medication, higher doses or more potent drugs are needed to produce the same effects. Before too long, the person can’t function without it, and they are in the midst of a full-blown addiction.
Treatment for Body, Mind, and Spirit
The goal of the substance abuse treatment programs we recommend must go much deeper than just getting a person clean and sober. It is about getting healthy, in body, mind, and spirit. It is about finding a harmony and balance between these three parts of the whole self. This way, patients find their own path to a more positive and more productive lifestyle, free from the bonds of addiction. Let Best Drug Rehabilitation help you choose the right treatment program for your needs.