The Importance of Good Heath in Addiction Recovery
Something that is vital to our wellbeing and in preventing relapse is good health in our addiction recovery. This is not something that will come naturally to most of us. Some will find it more challenging than others
Addiction is well know for its negative and harmful consequences. Coming into recovery there is so much we can do to heal and improve our overall health. Helping us to create the best possible version of ourselves.
Recoverlution's’ Knowledge section is all about providing you with fact based information on ways you can improve your health. We also provide helpful tips on how to continually evolve in your recovery.
We believe, that recovery is a never ending journey of self-discovery and growth. Many recovery programmes also advocate that continual growth as being essential in preventing addiction relapse.
We aim to provide you with everything you need so that relapse doesn't have to be part story. Bodily health and mental health often require a complete overhaul when coming into recovery. There is so much to explore and try when looking at ways to improve overall health.
A healthy active person, who takes time out to look after their mental health and spiritual health, is well placed to leave their days of active addiction well behind them.
We encourage you to explore our Knowledge library and make up your own mind. In recovery there is always more to learn.
The key to general good health in addiction recovery
When examining our health in addiction recovery, there is so much more than just the physical aspect that needs to heal. Healing the mind and spirit are just as important. Infact, just one aspect of our being becoming ‘unhealthy’ can impact on our overall wellbeing and place us at risk of relapse.
Whilst you consider what health means to you, we ask you keep an open mind. There is ALWAYS something that can be improved. If on the other hand, you are very unhealthy and are struggling to find a starting point, we have so much to offer.
We hope that by knowing you are not alone and by witnessing others transform, you will be inspired and motivated to try.
Whether you want to learn how to meditate or become skilled in a practice such as Yoga, Recoverlution has something to offer.
Setting health goals for continued growth in addiction recovery
Addiction recovery needs to be many things in order to hold our interest, improving our health is just one of the many elements.
Standing still and becoming bored and uninspired is simply not an option, not if you want to maintain your recovery.
To make the most of Recoverlution's’ Knowledge section, we suggest that you make a list of all the things you wish to work towards.
Healthy goals in addiction recovery can be helpful in keeping you motivated and preventing you from becoming stagnant. Your list may look a little something like this:
- Improve my quality of sleep and learn about ‘sleep hygiene’
- To become stronger and leaner
- I want to connect with others on a similar journey
- To learn how to curb cravings for drugs and alcohol
- To stop relapsing and feel more in control of my recovery
- I would like to be healthier and happier in my addiction recovery
- To feel comfortable in my own skin and at ease with myself
- I would like to learn how to look after myself and practice self-care
- To like what I see in the mirror and learn to love myself
- I wish to increase my self-confidence and self-worth
Regardless of what your list looks like, easy does it, recovery is not a race! As long as you are moving in the right direction, you are a step further away from your old self. And, more importantly, another step closer towards a new healthier self.
Mind, body and spiritual health in addiction recovery
Recoverlution’s dedicated to addiction wellness hub is designed for you to learn, grow and heal. Our health professionals deliver healing physically, mentally and spiritually, whilst supporting you each and every step of the way.
The latest National Statistics, published by Public Health England (PHE) strongly indicate that there is a huge need for additional support and health treatment for people in addiction recovery.
59% of adults starting their treatment journey between 2019 and 2020 reported a need for mental health treatment. This was only amongst those who opted into the NHS treatment pathways. It doesn't even include those that sought treatment through the private healthcare system 1
The stark truth about recovery from addiction is that the vast majority of people who enter into the recovery journey relapse and need to restart their treatment more than four times 1. This is perhaps why addiction has such a high mortality rate.
Bearing in mind the high relapse and mortality rates associated with addiction, the more tools we have in our recovery toolkit the better
Healing and improving our mental and physical health is so important when coming into recovery. Many also believe that there is a need to spiritually heal and evolve, a factor that is completely overlooked by the NHS 2
We didn't get clean to be miserable
‘We didn't get clean to be miserable’, is a common saying amongst many of us in recovery and how true this is! Recovery has to be enjoyable and infinitely better than active addiction… or what is the point?
Looking after our physical, mental and spiritual health is all very relevant to how we feel in our addiction recovery. Previously, we would have perhaps resisted change. However, in recovery, we come to learn that change is necessary in order for growth. It wasn't just the alcohol and drugs we wanted to leave behind, but the way we thought and felt too
A healthy recovery from addiction has so much to offer a person with an open mind and willingness to change. The journey to becoming the healthiest and strongest version of yourself can start at any point. It can start right here
- Adult Substance misuse treatment 2019-2020 report: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/substance-misuse-treatment-for-adults-statistics-2019-to-2020/adult-substance-misuse-treatment-statistics-2019-to-2020-report
- A focus-group study on spirituality and substance-abuse treatment- https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2943841/