Physical exercise plays an important role during the recovery process. It helps strengthen and repair the body and mind against withdrawal symptoms, as well as the long-term damage done by the abused substance.
The body’s key functions, including the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems, are compromised when drugs are used in high frequency and/or dosage. Unfortunately, most people who are addicted to alcohol or drugs disregard their physical and mental fitness and wellness until the effects become apparent and sometimes even irreversible.
A Better Response To Rehab Treatment
Most people who are addicted to drugs or alcohol experience behavioral changes during therapy. Some slip into a deep state of depression while others become easily aggravated by their family members, friends, or caretakers during rehab. Professional treatment can also target these behavioral changes so patients can foster a healthy environment with minimal to no stress. Having less resistance during their drug rehab program can further strengthen patients’ discipline and willpower to abstain from drugs or alcohol.
A fitness regimen offered by a reputable drug rehab program center can cause the natural release of endorphins, which simulate a feeling of being high but in a harmless and organic way. Patients who exercise on a regular basis generally feel a more positive attitude and are able to look forward to their next treatment with more hope. Aside from the effect of endorphins, exercise causes the natural release of a hormone called Galanin, which impacts mood and blood pressure.