Physical Activity, Staying Busy and Living Sober

Physical Activity, Staying Busy and Living Sober

Both physical and mental health are highly important for one to achieve and maintain his sobriety

When addicts give up on their addictions, they embark on exciting yet scary journeys. They start to experience amazing things when they start to get sober. Many addicts start their journeys in rehab and this is when the process of achieving both mental and physical well-being is truly enforced. Being in a stable mindset helps recovering addicts prepare themselves for the road ahead. The habit of regular exercise is a routine recovering addicts may want to develop early in their sobriety, which is why many rehabilitation facilities offer an exercise regime as part of their program.

Oxycodone addiction once consumed any available time the addict had and now that he is sober, he has all this extra time without any idea how to fill it. Some addicts find new hobbies, such as incorporating exercise into their daily lives, can help them reach a point of balance in their lives, which is extremely important for maintaining sobriety.

How Can Engaging in Activities Help One’s Sobriety?

Addiction is time consuming and the time, which was once consumed by the addiction, is now available to be filled. Some recovering addicts find this free time to be one of the most difficult hurdles to overcome in recovery because if they have nothing to fill it, they often return to thoughts about their addiction and drug use. Included in the following are some of the side effects of oxycodone addiction:

  • Sleep apnea
  • Mood disorders
  • Organ damage/respiratory distress

Oxycodone is available per prescription and is a prescription strength painkiller that is commonly prescribed for moderate to severe pain. Because this drug is classified as a narcotic, some users run a risk of becoming both physically and psychologically addicted even after a short period of using the medication. In addition to the above side effects, oxycodone addiction can cause the user to neglect important relationships and duties, spend money that belongs elsewhere and put himself along with his family at risk in order to maintain his addiction. Because the effects of addiction as a whole can be so life changing, it is important for addicts to be able to refocus on other issues in their lives once they fully commit to sobriety. Included in the following are some examples of how physical activity and a healthy lifestyle can improve recovery:

  • Distraction
  • Health
  • Balance

Often times, especially during a craving, recovering addicts need to find a distraction. Even something as simple as a phone call during this time can be enough of a distraction to keep them from relapsing. Engaging in physical activity, not only has the ability to distract one but can also give her an opportunity to work through her cravings before acting on them. Working out gives the recovering addict ample time to think about the situation she is in and gives her the appropriate amount of time to process the information. When many think about physical health, they picture running marathons or hiking huge mountains. Many forget that even less vigorous activities such as gardening, walking or swimming can be extremely beneficial to one’s physical health as well. There are numerous reasons an individual should be physically healthy but what if one’s physical health also affected their mental health?

Being healthy is not just about how one is physically but also includes mental state as well. Having good physical health means an individual is more self-confident, decisive and on a healthy track when compared to an individual who may not be in his peak physical condition. Mental health can affect relationships, jobs and social life to the point that individuals become isolated because they fear rejection and judgment.

Finding a balance in life, can seem overwhelming and even impossible at times but finding it is essential for one’s sobriety. Having time to yourself to enjoy the activities that were once a huge part of your life can help you find meaning again. Finding a purpose in life, whether this occurs individually or with the support of loved ones, can help addicts stay balanced and motivated to continue to make healthy choices even when they feel tempted otherwise.

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