Physical Activity, Staying Busy, and Living Sober

Physical Activity, Staying Busy, and Living Sober

Staying active is a great way to ward off the temptation of relapse

Recovering addicts often face triggers that can put them at risk for relapse, but one of the most vulnerable times for renewed drug abuse is when someone is bored. When bored, the mind starts wandering, so if you do not find something constructive to do, then it is easy to start thinking about substance abuse yet again. In other words, sitting around with nothing to do can be a trap that results in relapse, so it is important to get involved in some sort of activity during recovery to stay active. An active mind and body makes it easier to lead a happy, sober life.

Why Stay Busy During Recovery?

People often report that stressis one of the top reasons for substance abuse or relapse, but staying busy does not necessarily create more stress. You should not fill your time with tasks or stressful activity; instead, find a hobby that you enjoy, and immerse yourself in it as much as possible. The busier you are, the less likely it is that you will either experience cravings or have the time to abuse drugs.

Staying active can take many forms such as running, yoga, weight lifting, dancing or cycling, so find one that works for you. However you decide to get active, there are a number of ways that it will make recovery easier. First, adding a hobby to your life will give you more structure and something to anticipate. An addiction takes away so much of your life that, once you are clean, it is a challenge to fill up the hours in a day. Think about all the hours you have spent thinking about, obtaining and abusing LSD—you need something to fill in that time so you do not fall into this old habit. Keep a structured schedule so you engage in physical activity regularly, which means making it a part of your daily routine.

Beyond simply filling time and giving yourself something to do, physical exercise relieves stress, improves your health and makes you feel better about yourself. Exercise increases production of endorphins in the brain, which are the neurotransmitters that make you feel good. You may have heard of a “runner’s high,” but that pleasurable feeling can occur after any type of exercise, not only running. In other words, you will feel better if you exercise. Furthermore, exercise will make it easier to sleep, which will relieve stress even more. Lastly, whether someone is addicted to drugs or not, exercise improves cardiovascular health, reduces the risk of cancer, makes the immune system more effective, and increases brain functioning. If you want to break an addiction and stay healthy, then exercise.

Incorporating Exercise into Recovery

At first, you may feel overwhelmed adding healthy activities to your life while also recovering from addiction, but sticking with an exercise routine will pay off. Start small instead of overdoing it with long runs or heavy weightlifting—this plan will keep you from getting discouraged, and it will be easier to make progress in your workouts. If you do not already have a normal regimen, then begin by taking a hike, going on a walk with your dog or another physical activity that is not overly demanding. Keep doing this activity for a while, and then increase the intensity, duration or amount of physical activity involved. If you begin slowly and gradually become more active, you will make your exercise more enjoyable, which means you can take the opportunity to try out all kinds of tasks along the way.

The kind of exercise you do is less important than exercising regularly. Be sure to select an activity that requires some physical exertion, but exercise does not mean you must be gasping to breathe or sweating endlessly. Treat exercise as a component of your addiction recovery, which means you give it the same dedication as other areas. You do not have to exercise every day to get the most out of it, but you do need to stay on a structured schedule. Exercising at least three days a week is enough to achieve considerable benefits, and in time, you can add more to your regimen or expand into other activities that can aid recovery.

How to Get From Addiction to Recovery?

In the midst of addiction, sobriety seems a world away, but no matter your situation, long-term sobriety is much closer than you think. Starting addiction treatment is the first step to getting clean, and it is easier than ever to find the treatment you need. Call our toll-free helpline today to speak with an admissions coordinator about LSD addiction and recovery. Our staff are standing by 24 hours a day to take your call and to see if your health insurance will help pay for rehab. They want to tell you more about what effective addiction treatment looks like, and they can even connect you with a rehab facility today, so call now for instant, professional support.