Many individuals who come to treatment have led sedentary lifestyles, due to drug and alcohol addiction. A lack of physical activity is a contributing factor to anxiety and depression, feeding the cycle of addiction and dependency. The fitness group will help individuals become physically active again through exercise therapy.
When individuals first arrive, they receive an initial fitness evaluation. A personal trainer will introduce individuals to the gym and fitness equipment. Each individual will receive custom fitness recommendations based on their existing fitness level. Daily workouts are posted on the gym boards. Alternative exercise usually include yoga or martial arts.
Benefits of Exercise Therapy During Withdrawal and Recovery
The first two to three weeks of recovery can be a challenging time. The process of undergoing detox, managing withdrawal symptoms, addressing drug addiction, and facing underlying depression or anxiety can be extremely difficult. Regular exercise plays an important role in successfully getting through the first few weeks of rehabilitation. In addition to becoming physically stronger, exercise also builds emotional strength, enhances mood, and boosts overall confidence. Exercise also supports self-control, which is a true expression of love for both oneself and others.
Depending on the type and length of substance abuse, the initial recovery period can be a scary and daunting period in an individual’s life. Treatment programs strive to create a positive and cooperative atmosphere in the gym that supports recovery for all program participants.
Five Levels of Fitness
The fitness program consists of five levels. When each level is successfully completed, individuals will receive a reward.
- Level 1: Initial fitness evaluation, introduction to gym, workout, and yoga
- Level 2: Progress check, whiteboard workout, karate
- Level 3 and 4: Progress check, three workouts
- Level 5: Final fitness evaluation
Workouts can include a variety of different exercises, such as strength training, cardiovascular training, yoga, basketball, fitness DVDs, and martial arts. Following the successful completion of each level, individuals earn rewards such as a T-shirt, Free Up Stat Trip, or certificate.
Exercise Therapy with a Fitness Trainer
Today, many treatment providers offer program participants access to some of the best personal fitness trainers. Each certified trainer has substantial experience working with individuals who are recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. They understand the unique challenges individuals in recovery face and know how to use physical fitness and exercise therapy to support the recovery process. The fitness trainer creates customized workouts that help individuals get in shape, lose weight, relieve stress, and support whole body health.
Progressing through each fitness level builds a strong fitness foundation and prepares program participants to continue an active lifestyle after graduating from the exercise therapy program.