A person’s addiction to drugs or alcohol leads to neglect of one’s social and professional life as well as their health. At Crestview Recovery, we offer our clients a gym membership. Why? Because focusing on physical health is a crucial part of a person’s recovery from addiction. Becoming healthy helps in a variety of different ways and it’s something that can help develop good habits after treatment. Having access to a gym gives our client’s an outlet in recovery that tackles both mental and physical health.
We believe physical health plays an important part in addressing one’s mental health. For this reason, we help them build physical strength to help them combat stress and anxiety.
Remaining physically fit is something that allows people in recovery to live an active lifestyle, which helps with their physical health as well as their mental state. We offer our clients physical activity guidance at the start of their treatment because we believe physical health can be a key factor in one’s recovery. It helps combat stress and anxiety, which can help prevent relapse.
Why a Gym Membership?
It’s important to provide physical health as part of addiction treatment. Without question, physical health plays an important part in mental health, and it’s something we address at Crestview Recovery. We offer physical activity guidance and a gym membership to our clients. We never want a lack of physical strength to become an obstacle in their journey toward physical and mental health.
As part of each client’s admission to Crestview Recovery, they’re provided with a gym membership to the local gym. Whether you want to begin strength training or working on cardio, you’ll have the whole gym at your disposal. While you’re in treatment, you’ll discover how becoming physically fit can be highly beneficial for your recovery from active addiction, and you may be given specific exercises that can help with certain physical symptoms that you’ve been having.
One of the reasons a gym membership is so beneficial to our clients is because it’s a type of holistic method of addiction recovery that can positively impact one’s mood and levels of anxiety.
How Does a Gym Membership Help?
Much like art therapy, becoming physically active can be extremely therapeutic for some people. Each person’s path to addiction is different, and their road to recovery might be different as well. Exercise can be one of the many ways a person finds solace when they’re dealing with thoughts or emotions that typically would have caused them to drink or use. This can also tie in with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which is about replacing old behaviors with new, healthy behaviors. For example, if a person decides to go for a jog or life weights when they get a craving, they’re now doing something beneficial to their recovery. Clearly, it’s better than picking up a drink or a drug.
Addiction is a cunning disease. It tricks a person into thinking they can’t be well unless they’re drinking or using drugs, and this is because the substances release pleasure chemicals in the brain. One of the many reasons Crestview Recovery provides clients with a gym membership is because exercise is a way for the body to produce these chemicals naturally. When our clients start working out, they begin to see that they’re getting a natural high. At the same time, they are also doing something that benefits their health. This begins to show our clients that they no longer need to turn to alcohol or drugs.
Staying Healthy During Recovery Just Got Easier
Crestview Recovery believes that everyone can recover like so many of our other clients have. A gym membership will help your recovery by focusing on personal health in ways that may have neglected for a long time. If you’d like more information, please call us at 866.262.0531 today.
Since 2016, Dr. Merle Williamson, a graduate of Oregon Health Sciences University, has been the Medical Director at Crestview Recovery, bringing a rich background in addiction medicine from his time at Hazelden Treatment Center. He oversees outpatient drug and alcohol treatments, providing medical care, setting policies, detox protocols, and quality assurance measures. Before specializing in addiction medicine, he spent 25 years in anesthesiology, serving as Chair of Hospital Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and Chief of Anesthesia at Kaiser Permanente. This experience gives him a unique perspective on treating prescription drug addiction.