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Why Getting Off Your Ass Can Help Prevent Addiction Relapse

Why Getting Off Your Ass Can Help Prevent Addiction Relapse

Physical activity is an essential part of any healthy living plan, but exercise holds distinct benefits for people recovering from substance abuse. In some cases, physical activity is necessary to rehabilitate the body after severe drug abuse, but the benefits are clear and measurable for any patient. Getting off your ass is one of the best things you can do for yourself in recovery.

Exercise For A Healthier Future

Substance abuse takes a tremendous toll in the body and mind, and repairing that damage is a long and complex process. Physical activity improves the health of the body, which in turn improves the health of the mind. Learning new ways to exercise and stay fit can also provide the foundation for building better habits in recovery. Exposure to past triggers, stressors, and bad influences are the leading causes of relapse. Physical activity can not only provide a constructive outlet for handling cravings, but also limit the risk of exposure to potentially dangerous elements of one’s environment.

Exercise And Physical Therapy In Rehab

Prevent Addiction Relapse Many drug-addiction recovery centers offer a range of physical therapies and holistic treatments that offer relief from the physical effects of addiction, such as yoga, massage, and acupuncture. Exercise therapy is another way to combat the symptoms of withdrawal and empower a person throughout the recovery experience. Some addiction treatment programs include regular workouts to help their patients recover more fully, and these experiences can also influence life after rehab.

Exercise influences behavior in that it causes dopamine release*. Dopamine is the brain’s naturally occurring “reward” neurotransmitter that causes pleasurable feelings after meeting a need or performing a satisfying action. People inherently seek out behaviors that trigger dopamine releases.

Dopamine release is a major factor in addiction because using illicit drugs or alcohol can trigger a dopamine release, but the person will require more and more of the drug to achieve the desired effects over time. This dependency creates a pattern of addictive behavior that ultimately leads to full-blown addiction. If a person in recovery starts experiencing a craving to relapse, he or she may be able to offset this by exercising and triggering a natural dopamine release that satisfies the craving.

Exercise is a healthier alternative because it not only fosters a more natural and healthy dopamine cycle in the brain, but also requires the person to work for it. Achieving goals and building a structured life is a major facet of sober living after rehab. Exercise and physical activity should play a role in any person’s life after completing rehab, and there are countless possible ways to work physical activity into a regular routine.

Physical Activity After Rehab

The average person will likely experience several types of physical therapies and exercise-based treatments during rehab. Some people may find value in running or walking, while others discover they enjoy lifting weights or playing team-based sports. Carrying these experiences into life after rehab can be beneficial in more ways than just improved physical health.

A few ways a person fresh out of rehab can incorporate physical activity into everyday life in recovery include:

  • Exploring activities learned in rehab to a deeper level. For example, if you enjoyed yoga sessions in rehab, consider joining a weekly yoga class.
  • Learning a new skill. If you have ever considered learning a new skill such as a martial art, archery, or rock climbing, making time to enjoy these activities on a weekly basis provides structure, goals, and a sense of achievement, along with physical benefits.
  • Daily exercise. Some people may not be physically able to go to the gym every day or run for miles on end, but there are many ways to incorporate exercise into a daily routine. Walking or jogging for as little as 20 or 30 minutes a day can help a person feel balanced for work and other obligations throughout the day.
  • Team sports. Joining a local team or sports club can offer structure and group support in recovery. You’ll get regular physical exercise, while also achieving goals and participating in healthy competition.

Building Better Habits While Living Sober

Nutrition and diet play major roles in the rehab process, but they are also important considerations for life after rehab. Fast foods, processed foods, and sugary foods can all cause physiological changes that can trigger an addiction relapse. For example, many addiction recovery programs recommend avoiding caffeine and all refined sugars because these substances can have habit-forming qualities and cause a “crash” that triggers withdrawal symptoms in a person recovering from substance abuse.

Healthy foods are more accessible than many people think. Shopping, buying, and preparing fresh foods may seem like more work, but this is ultimately a good thing for a person who just finished rehab. Prior to recovery, he or she may have simply eaten fast food or only eaten when absolutely necessary while in the grips of a severe drug addiction. Creating a new routine of procuring healthy foods and eating better in general offers much-needed structure in recovery. Building a physical activity routine around a better diet offers even more opportunities to make healthier choices and stay on track with sobriety.

Preventing Relapses

It is not realistic to expect to return to your life exactly how it was before rehab and avoid a relapse. Stress can easily trigger an alcohol relapse. Visiting familiar friends and places may tempt a drug relapse. There are countless possible variables in your old environment that could trigger a relapse, and it’s essential to remove dangerous influences from your life and develop a new routine that encourages sobriety.

Learning Healthy New Coping Strategies

A major part of relapse prevention is stress management, and everyone has different coping strategies to manage periods of acute stress. In recovery, these stressors are even more dangerous than usual. Rehab can teach a person new coping methods, but it is ultimately up to him or her to put them into practice. This is much easier with a healthy body. Fatigue, blood pressure changes, sleep problems, and many other factors can cause cravings to relapse. These issues are far less frequent when you make exercise and physical activity a part of your regular routine.

If you are concerned about the expense of joining a gym or fitness club, there are many low-cost options for physical activity. Look for a safe running route near your home or develop a callisthenic routine you can do each morning. Eventually, you will find new opportunities to enjoy regular physical activity.

Join The Conversation With Fight Addiction Now

Fight Addiction Now is a wide network of other people struggling with addiction, people living sober for months or years, substance abuse treatment professionals, advocates, and loved ones of people who have struggled with addiction. We invite our readers to take part in conversations about relapse prevention and share their stories and advice with others.

Preventing Relapses With Community Support

The Fight Addiction Now community can offer advice for adding workouts to your daily or weekly routine and provide support and encouragement after rehab. Returning to “the real world” after rehab is incredibly stressful without support, and some people may not have anyone nearby to depend on when cravings strike or relapse triggers appear. Some people may relocate after rehab to avoid bad environments and bad influences.

The Fight Addiction Now community offers support to anyone who needs it regardless of where they live. Visit us online to learn more about relapse prevention after rehab and think of ways you can join the conversation.

Controversies Surrounding Drugs, Alcohol, Addiction and Recovery

Controversies Surrounding Drugs, Alcohol, Addiction and Recovery

The controversies surrounding drugs, alcohol, addiction and recovery abound. In our community of those struggling with addiction and those of us in recovery, opinions differ greatly on what’s right and wrong.

Is recovery comprised of behaviors that avoid all drugs and medications, or does staying clean only pertain to the substance we experienced problems with?

These kinds of questions arouse our sensibilities as recovering alcoholics and addicts. There are so many important questions, and so many issues that need fixing. The answers are worth debating. Everyone’s unique experience is valuable, and every voice matters. Let’s delve into these controversies together.

The Great Marijuana ‘Detox’ Debate

Many rehab facilities still offer treatment for marijuana addiction, while some individuals are turning to pot to ease their detox symptoms or using the drug as a substitute for opioids or more potent drugs.

Is it OK to smoke marijuana? Is it OK if you’re using it to get off harsher drugs like heroin? What about if you are smoking weed as a permanent substitution for stronger street drugs or prescription drug abuse?

We know marijuana is addictive, at least psychologically. It probably won’t kill you; however, if you’ve ever been in the home of a heavy pot smoker, you realize it can certainly make your life unmanageable.

Our country is undergoing a major debate and law reformation regarding a natural plant that has been used since pre-modern times. Here are the facts, as of the publishing of this article:

  • Marijuana is legal for recreational use in nine states plus D.C.
  • Marijuana is decriminalized in an additional 13 states plus the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • Cannabis is legal for medical use in 30 states plus D.C., as well as in the territories of Guam and Puerto Rico.
  • The federal government is considering a proposal to join Canada in decriminalizing marijuana nationwide.

Is It Cheating to Use Drugs Like Suboxone and Methadone?

Suboxone, Subutex and methadone are commonly used for detox purposes and even pain management. Research shows these medications are often more addictive than the drugs patients quit.

Some people are using “Subs” and methadone, while others claim these individuals are cheating in their addiction recovery and short-changing themselves, as well.

Complicating matters further, unscrupulous clinics seem to intentionally dispense high doses of Suboxone and methadone to get a daily customer for life. There is no difference between drug dealers and these clinics.

Substituting one drug for another isn’t getting clean. Is replacement therapy helpful and life-saving, or merely a poor attempt to cheat addiction?

Heroin Users Blaming Others for Their Addiction

Another controversy is people addicted to heroin who are placing the blame on someone else for their addiction. Whether it’s the pharmaceutical companies, doctors or other people in their lives that have caused stress or left them emotionally broken, they put the responsibility for their addiction elsewhere.

In American culture, we revere doctors and trust their professional judgment above our own. Besides, they are paid the big bucks and studied at a university for eight years. They must know more than us, right? Yet heroin addiction often starts with prescribed opioid medications.

Some argue personal responsibility trumps all. But opioid use is at phenomenal levels. The death toll from opioids surpasses loss of life in any U.S.-involved war. Personal responsibility pales in the face of such horrific numbers. Handing out painkillers like candy does patients no favors either.

We know pharmaceuticals are big business. For-profit companies are most concerned with their bottom line and their shareholders. They are not in business to put patients’ best interest first. But is it a cop-out to place all of the blame for opioid and heroin addictions on Big Pharma and doctors?

Antidepressants: Beneficial or Detrimental?

Antidepressants are another class of medications that are handed out as freely as after-dinner mints. It makes us wonder if everyone in the world is depressed. For the number of antidepressant prescriptions written, you’d think so.

These brain-altering chemicals are very expensive. Pharmaceutical reps frequently show up at doctors’ offices pedaling their wares like gypsies of old. Free samples fly from attractive, well-dressed salesmen and saleswomen.

Some individuals can’t handle the side effects brought on by antidepressants. Others are non-compliant or erratic with their medication. Yet another group of people says the drugs help.

Additionally, getting on antidepressants can carry the risk of not being able to get off them or causing severe withdrawal when you do quit them.

Are antidepressants over-prescribed? Are they helpful or hurtful? Or are they necessary only in extreme cases?

The Business of Rehab

Ooh, now we’ve hit a sensitive nerve, haven’t we?

Those among us who have spent time in rehab can’t help but wonder if it’s all about money. Sure, the clinicians want to see people get better; therapists don’t do their jobs solely for their measly paychecks. The staff – well, some of them – are vested in helping people, while some have trouble finding other work. Tattoo-clad addicts in recovery with a record aren’t at the top of headhunters’ lists, let’s be honest.

Our rehab-experienced friends tell us they are threatened with leaving against medical advice (AMA) if they wish to leave treatment before their insurance benefits are maxed out. Yikes!

Rehab centers claim everyone needs to stay in treatment as long as possible, and there is some truth to that. Statistically, people are more successful in beating addiction the longer the treatment program is. And, alarming numbers of people trying to escape the grasp of addiction are relapsing.

Nowadays, it is more common than not for someone to enter rehab more than once. Sitting around sharing your feelings starts with your self-intro of:

  • Your name
  • Why you’re in treatment
  • Whether this is your first rehab trip

Really? Relapse and repeated rehabilitation is so abundant that clinicians have to ask everyone how many times they’ve previously been in rehab?

The First Time Is Not the Charm

Something’s wrong with a system when we – through our insurance companies – are paying tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars for a treatment that may or may not take the first time around. Damn. That does sound like it’s about money.

Treatment centers have become big business, big money makers and big salesmen. Some people say when they call a treatment facility, the promises given and the depictions of the facility are in stark contrast to the reality they see upon arrival.

Some patients are moved quickly through the typical stages of rehab:

  • Detox
  • Residential
  • Partial hospitalization program (PHP)
  • Intensive outpatient program (IOP)
  • Aftercare

And other patients are kept longer in each stage. The therapists say it has to do with clinical decisions in conjunction with the patient’s insurance. Those with better insurance are held back longer while their peers move on. This can be discouraging and make clients wonder if they are not progressing as fast as they should be.

Your Two Cents

We’ve presented a number of questions and controversial material to ponder. We want to hear from everyone. All of our voices matter, and we need each other. AA teaches the principle that our brains are diseased by our addictions, and only in sharing and getting feedback do we come to good conclusions.

Leave a comment below and/or head over to our online forum or our Facebook page to let us know how you feel. The controversies are out there. How will we address them as a community and as a society at large?

Inpatient vs. Outpatient Drug Rehabs: Which Works Best for Heroin Addiction?

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Inpatient vs. outpatient therapy for treatment of heroin addiction depends on the individual. There is no one clear formula for best treatment options. Determining the best method for recovery depends on the patient, his or her history, recovery attempts, and severity of addiction.

Some individuals respond better to inpatient programs, while others respond better to outpatient. Certain circumstances can indicate the patient needs to be in one type of treatment facility instead of the other. Before finding a heroin addiction treatment facility for you or a loved one, do research to understand available options.

Choosing a Treatment Option

Determining whether you or a loved one suffering from heroin addiction should choose an inpatient or outpatient facility requires research. If the patient is currently seeing a doctor or counselor, ask for his or her professional opinion. Both options have been used to successfully treat heroin addiction.

Many people believe that outpatient programs are only occasional treatments, but outpatient programs can also provide 24-hour care. Each treatment type has its own merits, and it is up to individual patients to decide how they would like to proceed with treatment.

Inpatient Treatment Options

Inpatient rehabilitation centers are intensive, residential programs that are designed to treat serious and longstanding heroin addictions. The initial admission into an inpatient facility typically includes a medically supervised detoxification process.

During treatment, patients will reside in the facility and receive 24-hour care. The length of residency can last from 28 days to six months. The long-term stay helps ensure that patients are constantly supported, monitored and not able to access drugs that result in relapsing.

Rehabilitation in an inpatient facility removes a patient from their day-to-day life. This allows him or her to focus entirely on treatment with few to no distractions and stressors. During residency, patients are on a heavily structured schedule that includes individual and group therapies, classes, personal development and other activities.

Secondary Medical Issues

Research studies have shown that inpatient treatment is best suited for those with other health concerns, either physical or mental. For patients with physical health problems, constant medical care will help ensure they are properly monitored. Rehabilitation is a stressful time and many physical conditions can worsen during this time.

Patients with mental health issues can also greatly benefit from inpatient programs. Many people suffering from heroin addiction have underlying mental health issues which have never been addressed. The intensive therapy provided in inpatient programs can help treat underlying causes of addiction.

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Outpatient Treatment Options

Outpatient rehabilitation programs are less intensive and may or may not include overnight stays. For outpatient treatment, patients live their lives as normal, but attend treatment or therapy sessions during off-hours. This format will allow a patient to continue his or her normal professional and personal lifestyle without a complete interruption.

Some outpatient facilities have residential options, where a patient can spend all day and all night but come and go as they please. Patients who choose this option will need to make sure their outpatient living environment is safe, effective and free from drugs and alcohol.

Individuals in outpatient programs enjoy a great deal of flexibility and can carry on their life almost to the same extent as before treatment. Outpatient treatments include psychotherapy, as well as group, individual, marital and vocational therapies. These can be scheduled around the patient’s work and family obligations.

Those receiving outpatient care require an abundance of support from friends and family. He or she must also be responsible for distancing themselves from other addicts, including dealers. Many who suffer from heroin addiction have trouble distancing themselves from these individuals, so inpatient care may be a better option if it is an issue.

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What to Consider When Choosing Inpatient vs. Outpatient Addiction Treatment

Choosing between an inpatient and outpatient treatment program depends on a few different factors for the patient’s lifestyle and specific situation. Relapse risk, medical diagnoses, living situations and motivation levels are all prime considerations when choosing a treatment facility. Before you or a loved one enters a rehabilitation program, consider the different factors.

Relapse Risk

Some people only need one rehabilitation program to change their lives. Others have tried treatment plans before but have relapsed. If the patient has a history of receiving prior care and has a high risk of relapse, inpatient care may be a more successful option.

Medical Diagnoses

Those suffering from addiction who also have physical or mental illnesses should choose an inpatient rehabilitation program. Medical conditions should be closely monitored in those recovering from addiction to ensure they do not worsen.

Those with mental illness should be closely monitored during the rehabilitation process and receive consistent counseling services throughout recovery. An inpatient program can provide closer monitoring for health conditions beyond substance abuse.

Living Situation

If a patient has a stable living situation with others who are not suffering from heroin addiction, an outpatient treatment plan may work well. The balance between a healthy home life and a strong medical support team can help a patient recover successfully.

On the other hand, if a patient is surrounded by others with addictions or lives in a non-supportive environment, an inpatient program may be the best option. Here, they would receive 24-hour observation and care they otherwise would not receive in an unhealthy home environment.

Levels of Motivation

Patients who have initiated the treatment plan on their own and have high motivation levels for recovery can thrive in outpatient programs. Sometimes detox, therapy and group support are all one needs to recover fully. If a patient has a low level of motivation or has been forced into a rehabilitation program, the structure and intensity of an inpatient program will be more effective.

Making the Decision

Inpatient and outpatient treatment facilities have shown to successfully treat heroin addiction. If you or a loved one is seeking treatment for the addiction, consider all available options and the patient’s situation.

In years past, many doctors would automatically recommend inpatient facility treatment for heroin addiction. Recent studies have shown that both inpatient and outpatient programs can successfully treat the addiction, but success rates depend on the individual’s needs.

The decision for inpatient or outpatient treatment should be made by the patient, his or her family and medical professionals. Psychologists and counselors can determine if a patient is suffering from mental illness to help lead to informed decision about which treatment option might be best.

If you are a family member trying to help someone suffering from addiction, we recommend visiting a counselor with or without the patient for help. Their professional opinion may give you the confidence you need to choose a treatment plan.

See Our Heroin Addiction Fact Sheet

Northern Arizona Center for Addiction

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About NACA

The Northern Arizona Center for Addiction specializes in providing substance use treatment for men and women who have opted to develop their personal recovery from chemical and alcohol dependency and other process addictions by resolving the underlying physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual conditions that may lead to their addictive behaviors.

NACA is based out of Prescott, Arizona and is within two hours driving distance of Flagstaff and 1 and a half hours from Phoenix.

 

Programs

Northern Arizona Center for Addiction specializes in treatment for the following addictions:

  • Heroin Addiction
  • Meth Addiction
  • Cocaine Addiction
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Prescription Pill Addiction
  • MDMA or Bath Salt Addiction
  • Co-occurring Behavioral disorders

We strive to provide top level care for all of our clients by offering the following treatment modalities:

  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Anger Management
  • EMDR
  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Motivational Therapy
  • Trauma

 

Contact NACA Today!

195 Plaza Drive
Prescott, AZ 86303

E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 877-720-9595

Reflections Recovery Center

Providing the best possible care throughout recovery is the key focus Reflections Recovery Center offers with every element of treatment. The caring staff at Reflections extend this focus while working closely with our guests to provide a comfortable and safe environment that is conducive to the healing process. The addiction treatment program offered by Reflections is not just a run of the mill clinical program to get guests off drugs and/or alcohol and start rebuilding their lives in sobriety; we pride ourselves on offering a program that helps guests understand how fruitful and enjoyable life can be without drugs and alcohol holding them back.

By reinforcing positive changes and behaviors, the Reflections program reminds you to be comfortable with and be compassionate toward yourself — free from the shame and regret that often hampers recovery or invites relapse. At Reflections Recovery Center, we really do consider ourselves the best drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs in the industry and in the United States because we have seen live change for the better, and we know that the care we offer helps to spark the yearning for sobriety.

Reflections Recovery Center is located in Prescott Arizona, in the heart of Yavapai County — just an hour and a half from both Phoenix and Flagstaff, Arizona. Our central location within the State makes us conveniently close enough to help those struggling with addiction in all corners of Arizona, and our unique approach to healing and recovery education makes us the ideal choice for addiction treatment for men from all over the United States and overseas.

 

Programs

  • Behavioral Disorder Treatment
  • Dual-Diagnosis Treatment
  • Outpatient Services
  • Sober Living Home
  • Day School
  • Private Rooms
  • Exceptionally LGBT Friendly
  • Men Only

Accreditations

Contact Reflections Recovery Center

957 Black Dr. Suite C
Prescott, AZ 86305

Phone: 866-418-1213