Recovering from drug addiction is an on-going process that is greatly supported by making some lifestyle changes. Luckily, there are countless different tools available to add into your daily lifestyle that will help your recovery process be as successful as possible. Recovery can be a mentally, emotionally and physically taxing process so incorporating some, or all of the ways below, can greatly support you through this difficult time.
Meditation has become the forefront of many scientific studies due to its purported benefits. Neuroscience is beginning to show just how meditation can help to rewire neural connectivity in the brain, overcoming old habits and ways of thinking, and leaving new, healthier ones in their place.
Meditation is, therefore, a great tool for recovering addicts. Offering not only a quiet space and time for you to calm your mind and reduce stress, but actively helping you maintain and improve the good work you’ve done to get clean, and stay clean.
Yoga is another great discipline to greatly reduce stress, which is often the greatest trigger for substance abuse. Yoga and Meditation offer similar benefits and are great when combined together, but of course, the beauty of yoga is that it provides a whole host of mental benefits at the same time as physical benefits too.
Studies on Yoga have shown its effectiveness in reducing depression and anxiety when partaken on a regular basis. Yoga can greatly help to release negative, stored emotions from the body and promote emotional stability and strength, as well as keeping the body physically healthy and promote physical healing too.
3. Healthy Eating
Nutrition is so important for physical health and is more closely linked to mental health than many realise. By choosing to fuel your body with clean, nourishing foods, your mind benefits too. Clean body, clean mind as the saying goes. It’s difficult to have one without the other.
Bringing mindfulness to what you put into your body in terms of food also helps propagate a sense of mindfulness towards choosing not to put destructive substances in your body either. On that note, it’s also best not to consume coffee or tobacco during your recovery either.
Sticking to a set schedule of meals per day can also be highly useful, especially if you experience a lack of appetite, having a set schedule can ensure you’re providing your body with enough energy and nutrients until you become more in tune with your body and accustomed to eating when you are actually hungry.
Keeping busy is a useful approach to take in order to avoid relapsing. Volunteering can be a great way to occupy yourself and the benefits work two ways. Not only are you helping yourself, but you are helping others too, and the sense of reward and purpose you can experience from giving your free time to help others is a fantastic fuel for feeling good about yourself.
5. Sleep Well
Getting adequate and restful sleep is so important to your recovery. Again, techniques like yoga and meditation are well-known for supporting restful sleep. Other great tools to use can be subliminal audio tracks for insomnia and anxiety, binaural beats and EMDR tracks all have high rates of success too.
Any form of exercise is excellent for recovery. Stimulating your body to release natural endorphins and ‘happy’ chemicals in the brain helps to overcome depression, stress, and anxiety, whilst also promoting a greater sense of self-esteem as you feel fitter, stronger and practice your mental determination.
7. New Social Circles
As you undertake these new changes to your lifestyle, meeting a new group of friends is a great way to join a community as your ‘new self’. Remaining in older social circles often makes it more difficult to change and brings more resistance and hurdles to overcome. Starting afresh, with a clean slate, can be an incredibly refreshing and exciting experience, allowing you to design the person you want to be.