There are many people who have turned their backs from lives of addiction for sobriety. Months and years in rehab can be life-learning yet traumatizing—not that rehab was terrible, but that the regret of missing opportunities is immensely burdensome.
I’ve observed that many of those who’ve stepped out of rehabilitation centers often feel pressured to stay sober. There’s a battle: they ought to stand victoriously every day against the vices that they had been enslaved to. One of the most common ways of standing victoriously is keeping the mind busy through exercise. Some have said that exercise induces a certain rush replaceable of chemical highs. Furthermore, it builds structure to their lifestyle and it improves their sleep cycle.
There are 4 popular exercises for addiction recovery, according to addictioncenter.com. One of which is strength training.
“Cardio exercises like walking and running get most of the attention, but lifting a few weights also has recovery benefits. Many recovering addicts suffer from insomnia, as they are unable to sleep without using. Weight training or bodyweight exercises like push-ups can help reboot the body’s sleep cycle over time.”
There’s a number of gym equipment suitable for strength training such as free weights, kettle bells, weight plates, medicine balls, weight machines, etc. One in particular is quite lightweight: resistance bands. These are elastic bands that engage and isolate muscles depending on one’s range of motion.
Train with resistance bands:
Aside from strength training, yoga, hiking, walking, and team sports are also known to be helpful for addiction recovery.
The bottom line is: addiction recovery is a lifelong process and sobriety implies self-discipline. Aside from getting into exercise, there are also a few more things that will help the recovering addict: 1) surrender, 2) redirection, and 3) accountability.
Understand and accept that you are limited and are in need of help. Although there may be things that are under your control, not everything is. Thus, there is a need to lay down what you’ve known about yourself and the way the world works, and then surrender to the One who completely knows you and the world.
“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to Him.” (Psalm 24:1)
Redirection goes hand-in-hand with renewal of the mind. The decisions you make are expressions of an inward reality, and the direction you take is a fruit of the heart. What’s going on in your heart? What are the things that you treasure? Perhaps there is a need for reflection. Once the heart is diagnosed, there’s an opportunity for an inward renewal. The proof of an authentic change of heart is a fruitful, joyful, and drug-free life.
“Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be” (Matthew 6:21)
Allowing yourself to be accountable is an act of humility. It demands trust. It involves sharing your own struggles and successes to others, and in turn entitles them to guide, correct, and encourage you. Relationships are strong sources of motivation. In fact, it’s love that truly makes one persevere in sobriety.
“Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” (1 Corinthians 13:7)