The Importance of Wellness in Rehab

The Importance of Wellness in RehabSimply not using a drug isn’t enough for long-term recovery or creating a satisfying addiction-free life. Becoming a healthy person requires more than abstinence. The World Health Organization defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” An absence of drug use isn’t health although it is an important start, and quality rehab programs recognize the importance of an integrated treatment plan that addresses all aspects of health, including physical, mental, and social wellness.

Benefits of Exercise in Addiction Rehabilitation

The National Institutes of Health shares the following benefits of exercise as a part of any rehab and aftercare plan:

  • Increases physical wellbeing
  • Improves emotional wellbeing
  • Improves mental alertness
  • Improves sleep patterns and quality
  • Provides energy
  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Provides daily structure

Quality addiction rehab programs will help you find the type of physical activity you enjoy and that is best for your current and long-term health. Exercise can involve more intense options, such as spin classes or recreational football, or it can involve calmer activities, such as walking or swimming. Rehab offers you the opportunity to explore multiple forms of exercise and choose which you enjoy and which can become a regular part of your wellness routine.

Routine and daily structure are a given in any rehab program, and learning how to carry healthy habits and routines with you after treatment is an important part of wellness and long-term recovery. Exercise helps provide structure. You may have regular team meetings, fitness classes, or group walks that help you fill your schedule with rewarding activities. The social aspects of many of these activities will also benefit overall wellness, and participating in group fitness activities can help you make new friends with a similar interest in a positive and healthy lifestyle.

Finding Wellness and Recovery

If you are ready to put addiction in your past and pursue a new and healthy life, we are here to help. Our admissions coordinators will help you begin your path to complete physical, emotional, and social wellness. We are here 24 hours a day, and all conversations are free and confidential. Please call today to begin your journey to a healthy and happy drug-free life.