The Benefits of Recreation During Rehab

The Benefits of Recreation During Rehab

Recreation can provide a number of different physical and emotional benefits

Undergoing drug addiction treatment can be a stressful experience. You must leave your comfortable environment, disclose painful and sometimes embarrassing information to strangers, and work on changing negative behavior patterns. At the end of a day’s schedule, you can feel overwhelmed with emotions and fatigue, and the tension can be incredibly valuable not just for your mind but for your body. For instance the American Psychological Association reported in 2011 that because of stress, more than 40 percent of Americans polled stayed awake at night, and almost one-third skipped a meal. Since sleep and hunger are often triggers for drug use, dealing with stress is even more important for addicts recovering from drugs including Xanax.

In another article the BBC reported in 2013 that unmanaged stress can lead to distrust, anger, anxiety and depression. It can also damage the immune system, raise the odds of developing infections and put you at greater risk for developing diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. These conditions can only complicate addiction treatment and lifelong addiction recovery, so it is important to find ways to deal with the stress that accompanies rehab.

What Recreation Provides

Recreation can provide a number of different physical and emotional benefits that can be valuable both during rehab and afterward. Depending on the type of recreation you choose, you will reap different kinds of rewards, but most recreation—especially physical activity of some sort—will provide similar benefits. Recreation provides benefits including the following:

  • Endorphin production – Endorphins are naturally-occurring chemicals in the brain that are released during strenuous exercise like biking or running. These chemicals not only block pain signals, but they also improve your mood. They provide a natural high to replace the elation brought on by drugs. According to WebMD, endorphins also strengthen your muscles, help prevent weight gain (which sometimes occurs to recovering addicts) and improve overall well-being.
  • Recovery for the body – Addiction to drugs like Xanax damage the body, and it takes time for the body to recovery from this assault. Recreational activities like hiking or tennis stimulates the immune system, which can help you overcome or avoid illness. Recreation also results in new nerve associations in the brain, which is important since your brain suffered damage from constant drug use.
  • Intangible rewards – According to a 2009 article from Psychology Today, play and playfulness (which often accompanies some recreational activities) results in a number of positive outcomes. Developing a playful spirit helps improve relationships, strengthens families and stimulates creativity, confidence and spiritual growth.
  • Mental health benefits – According to Mental Health America, recreation like exercise can increase your self-esteem and give you more confidence. It can also reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression. In addition participating in recreation with others can alleviate feelings of isolation and loneliness. Both of which can plague a person trying to rebuild his life after addiction.
  • Antidote to boredom – According to a 2013 article from Psychology Today, one of the major causes of addiction is boredom. In addition too much time on your hands can be a real danger for people who used to fill their time doing drugs or thinking about ways to acquire more drugs (like Xanax). Being involved in recreational activities can provide a much-needed alternative to the dangers that accompany an abundance of free time.
  • Satisfaction – Learning how to master a skill involved in participating in a recreational activity—from riding a horse to learning how to play shuffleboard—provides a sense of personal satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment. For many people who have battled addiction, this sense of accomplishment can be a foundation upon which to rebuild other areas of their lives. They found success is learning something new. Recovering from addiction means a lifetime of learning new things and learning new ways to do routine things. The two can build on each other.

In addition to these benefits, recreation can provide a welcome distraction from the rigors of addiction recovery. Finding an activity in which you can be completely absorbed can be a healthy way to process the emotional and spiritual changes that occur during rehab.

Getting Help With Your Xanax Addiction

If you or a loved one is struggling with a Xanax addiction, we can help. Just call our toll-free number any time. We are available 24 hours a day. You can talk with one of our admissions coordinators about your situation. Together you can determine the best treatment options based on your work situation and financial resources. We can even help you find treatment centers that specialize in Xanax addiction as well as those centers that utilize recreation as a part of their treatment regimen. Don’t live in a Xanax haze any more. You can start on the road to recovery and recover your life, so call us today.

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