Anything in excess amounts is harmful to your body. Be it alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, antidepressants, sleeping pills, or drugs. The excessive and continuous consumption of a particular substance which you are unable to leave even voluntarily is known as addiction. However, with lots of effort and courage, people are reclaiming their health in recovery. So it is our responsibility to help you make this journey easier and healthier.
The substances like stimulants, opioids, alcohol, nicotine, enter the brain and bloodstream which could cause people to lose their control and consciousness. It will make your brain crave such substances too.
This blog is about how one can stay healthy and sane while recovering from substance addiction. Please note, these are the general health tips for a better lifestyle during addiction recovery.
People at this stage may act differently as per the adversity of their addiction. If you feel, you may consult your doctor first and then follow these tips.
Excessive substance consumption and alcohol affect your appetite. Usually, at the addiction recovery stage, they may not even feel hunger. So it is important to improve your diet. To overcome this problem, make sure the patient:
Substance abuse slows down your metabolism and makes your organs hard to function. They may experience vomiting, diarrhoea, and nutrition deficiencies. Fortunately, if the patient’s organs are working fine, you should focus on their healing first.
If you want the patient’s speedy recovery, pay attention to their nutrition consumption as it is the heart of addiction recovery. If the body will not get enough nutrition, it will be unable to heal from inside.
Nutrition-rich food will not only help in addiction recovery but also improve the immune system to prevent other infections affecting the body.
In the journey of addiction recovery, a workout helps both the body and the brain. In this period, the patient goes through a lot of stress, anxiety, mood swings, etc. The stress releases cortisol in the bloodstream for which patients may search for substances. Physical exercise works as an alternative because when you workout, your body releases endorphins to manage the cortisol in the body.
Daily exercise improves health, channelise the body energy, strengthen the immune system, and most importantly it distract from substance cravings.
Make sure the patient should not do heavy workouts from day one. Start slow but stay consistent. Moreover, talk to the gym or fitness centre trainer. Discuss the entire case with them so that the trainer ensures their wellbeing.
Meditation is a set of techniques that helps a person to achieve self-awareness. It not only improves your cognitive skills but also ensures your psychological well-being. If the patient is in a stage where exercising is becoming a difficult task. He/she can practise meditation to release stress and anxiety.
Interestingly, meditation is used as a treatment for substance abuse patients. It works on one’s determination. Meditation increases willpower which will help the patient to fight with themselves to lead a healthy life.
It affects the brain’s frontal cortex (controls planning and thinking), amygdala (accountable for flight or fight response) and anterior cingulate cortex (works to bring motivation). Collectively, it enhances your brain functionality.
Once the patient comes back to their senses, he/she will be able to make the required changes for a healthy life.
Usually, people think that if the addict recoverer will go out so it will be difficult for them to control themselves. Indeed it is true, but staying in one place could be more depressing which can increase the urge for alcohol addiction or any other addiction.
Let the recoverer go out to people who will help in their recovery. Plan vacations, family get-togethers but make sure that nobody is consuming substances and alcohol there. Rather, no one should even discuss it. Do not let the recoverer feel like a patient. Let them live life as normal human beings. It will help them understand the need for healthy living and further make them live healthier lives.
In this blog, we have covered healthy living tips for addiction recoverers. Such patients need to stay in their senses and get distracted from the consequences of rehabilitation. While recovering from substance addiction, people usually stay aggressive and anxious which hinders healthy recovery. For that matter, you need to take care of their food intake and the proportion of nutrition consumed. Also, make sure they start leading a healthier lifestyle by exercising and meditation which will increase their willpower too. Moreover, they should not be treated more as a patient or victim, it may affect their mental health. Arrange detoxing vacations and get-togethers for them as socialising is imperative for their mental health. In the end, they will need your support for a long time to adjust to a healthier lifestyle, take care of them.