• Jennifer Scott

Make the Most Out of Addiction Recovery and Get Healthy

Updated: Feb 22

Addiction has a negative impact on your physical, mental and emotional health. The initial recovery period can be extremely draining, too. Addiction recovery is also an opportunity as it is your chance to improve your health and see to your own well-being in multiple ways. Use addiction recovery to become a healthier person -- mentally and physically -- and start developing some healthy habits right now with these tips, courtesy of VoiceGuided VisionWork.

The Symptoms of Addiction Recovery Insomnia, stress, unstable diet and cravings can continue to plague you even after you stop abusing drugs and alcohol. Abusing substances changes the way your brain processes stress and other emotions. Now, you have to learn how to handle emotions without the aid of drugs and alcohol. While you're recovering from drug addiction, it's not uncommon to experience panic attacks, extreme anxiety, restlessness and trouble focusing, according to Start taking better care of your overall health, and these symptoms will become much more manageable.

Taking a Holistic Approach Recovering addicts can't rely on drug therapies forever to help them kick the habit. The last thing you want to do is remain dependent upon substances in order to stay sober. Taking a holistic approach will allow you to become healthier without the use of chemicals. In truth, anyone can use holistic approaches to help get healthier.

Meditation It's common to feel stress and other turbulent emotions during addiction recovery, and many addicts initially turn to drugs and alcohol because they have problems managing stress in their lives already. Practice meditation techniques to regulate your mood. According to the Fix, meditation can actually lower the hormone that stress releases into your brain and boost your immune system's natural healing powers. Meditation can even help to detoxify the body. All of this will help you become not just emotionally stronger, but physically healthier.

Acupuncture Acupuncture may seem like one of those far-out things you only see on TV and in movies, but this is actually a widely used holistic approach to health. Practitioners believe that certain points in your head and body have a connection to other areas of the body. Acupuncture is used to reduce feelings of anxiety, irritability and the inability to concentrate.

Yoga and Exercise Yoga is a natural way to relieve stress. Practicing yoga can make you feel more at peace and that's something addicts need. Yoga is actually good exercise for your body as well as your mind. It strengthens your muscles, improves your flexibility and regulates the nervous system. People use it to get centered, and that's something that everyone needs to do regularly.

Diet Poor diet often contributes to drug and alcohol relapse for recovering addicts, according to National Awakenings magazine. It can also derail those who are otherwise in good health. Maintain a regular eating schedule, and make sure you're eating healthy, natural foods. This is going to make your body feel better, and that has an impact on the mind. Many addicts are naturally drawn to junk food, because they crave the natural high created by the sugar or heavily salted foods. This isn't good for you, and it isn't good for your brain, either. Eat a diet that's high in fiber, and eat regularly to keep your blood sugar stable. Lean protein, nuts and fish naturally reduce depression and keep blood circulating through your body in a healthy way. Avoid the junk, and stick to staying healthy by eating healthy. Again, you don’t have to be in addiction recovery to apply these habits to your lifestyle!

Find Your Focus

Creating a lifestyle that lends itself to your success can be the key to getting — and staying — on track. One way to facilitate this is by becoming an entrepreneur. Your own business is laden with responsibilities, but it’s also laden with benefits. You choose what you do, when, and who with. The key is to choose something meaningful to you so you stay motivated. You also need a solid foundation. That begins with choosing a business name and structure. The first is harder than it sounds, since your name should convey what you do but be unique. The second is easier than it sounds. For instance, you can create an LLC via a simple process through an online service. That’ll protect your personal assets and give you tax advantages, all in one fell swoop. With that covered, you can move onto other essentials: create a budget and business plan, then consider marketing strategies.

Recover and Get Healthy A majority of addicts return to substance abuse within a year of going to rehab. You don't have to be one of them. Heal your body, heal your mind and focus on your overall health — and that goes for everyone who wants to better themselves!

VoiceGuided VisionWork utilizes holistic treatment methods to help reduce or eliminate emotional triggers, stuck thoughts, and chronic conditions. If you'd like to learn more about the offered services, please get in touch by filling out the contact form at the bottom of the website's homepage.

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