When it comes to drugs and the body, most people are able to see the connection in a couple of ways. First, the ravages of alcohol and most drugs on the physical body can often be seen, particularly through fluctuations in weight and damage to the skin, teeth, or hair. Second, most people recognize the physical withdrawals that often accompany cessation of drug or alcohol use. However, many people fail to see the importance of treating the body as a part of the addiction recovery process, beyond the detoxification process. But treating the body is an integral part of any holistic drug addiction treatment program, just as important as treating the mind and spirit.
Detox is an important part of the medical treatment of addiction. This period is a delicate time for the person in recovery, which is why detox is performed under the supervision of a doctor. In some cases, alternative medications are used during this time to ease the transition from drug use to cessation.
Once detox is completed, restoring your physical health is a top priority. Years of drug or alcohol abuse deteriorate your body. Exercise is crucial to reversing the pernicious physical effects of addiction. Working with a physical trainer can be the ideal way to work physical activity back into your life without overexerting yourself. Whether you like to run, walk, swim, lift weights, or play sports, the important thing is to stay active. This will help you lead a longer, healthier life well after you have put addiction in the rearview. And the benefits to your mind and mood provided by exercise are well documented.
Other ways to treat your body as part of your recovery include yoga, massage, and acupuncture therapy. Although these are physical activities, they are therapeutic to the mind and spirit as well. A holistic approach to addiction treatment takes the whole person into account: mind, body, and spirit.