Healing Our Bodies – Physical Wellbeing and Recovery
Repairing the damage caused to the body by long-term substance abuse is a vital part in overcoming addiction. True 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 of the patients that we see 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 negative 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 First on Healing Bodies
At Best Drug Rehabilitation, our treatment program focuses first on helping the patients heal their bodies. Combined with nutritional therapy using vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and a healthy, balanced diet, the most effective way to address the physical issues caused by addiction is through exercise. All of our patients have daily access to our fully equipped exercise room and guidance from Jim Sonsmith, our on-staff personal trainer.
Physical Therapy is one of many program choices that we offer which focus on the health and wellbeing of our patients in recovery. When our patients are feeling better physically, and no longer suffering from the residual and detrimental effects of substance abuse, they are able to concentrate more clearly on overcoming their addiction. “For one thing, when your body feels good, it’s a lot easier to think,” Jim explains. “The physical exercise and the yoga program that we offer here, as well as the other fitness programs, helps their body get healthy. That’s going to help them with their energy; that’s going to help them sleep better at night, and it carries over into the other parts of the program.”
Patient’s Perspective on Benefits
Kenny M. gave us a BDR patient’s perspective on the benefits that our 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.
In physical therapy, Jim looks for a more natural and holistic method of addressing these issues, such as focusing an exercise regimen on a certain area of the body. “We start off with an evaluation,” the personal trainer says. “We ask what their goals are, physically, that they want to achieve here. We go over their medical history. If they’ve had injuries or problems with their body, one of the goals that we try to achieve is fixing that through exercise.” Rather than simply masking pain, we find the cause and work on repairing it. This helps to show our patients that they can handle the problems that life might place before them without resorting to drugs or alcohol.
Treatment for Body, Mind and Spirit
The goal behind the substance abuse treatment program at Best Drug Rehabilitation goes much deeper than just getting 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. Our patients find their own path to a more positive and more productive lifestyle, free from the bonds of addiction.