Exercise and Recovery

Mar 14, 2015 | General TRC Information


Exercise at Taylor Center Recovery“Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind, and spirit.  When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions, the gates of the soul open” – B.K.S.  Lyengar

Here at Taylor Recovery we know that by treating the whole person, including the mind, body, and the spirit, we offer individuals the best opportunity for healing and successful long-term recovery.  In our constant effort at staying current on how to provide our resident’s with the very best available treatments, we are very aware of the many positive benefits that exercise offers individuals who are in recovery from substance use disorders.  Therefore, we are extremely proud to announce that part of being a resident here at Taylor Recovery also includes a membership to The Houston Gym.

Some of the latest research into addiction treatment indicates that healthy lifestyle changes, such as exercise, can significantly help recovering addicts resist the urge to relapse.  Exercise alters the brain chemistry so that endorphins are released creating a natural high.  These are the same endorphins released when individuals abuse substances.  Drugs basically trigger the reward system in the brain and cause certain chemicals associated with reward and pleasure to flood the system.  Exercise is a natural way to get that feeling.  Exercise also provides an individual with a sense of achievement when certain goals are met.

When individuals are engaged in the disease of addiction they tend to neglect important components of daily health which results in detriments to emotional and physical well-being.  It is essential to repair the psychological and physical damage of chemical dependency as well as the damaged mind-body-spirit connection.  Exercise significantly helps to reintegrate this connection by improving circulation, strengthening the heart, relieving stress and anxiety, maintaining weight, sharpening the mind, and aids in sweating toxins out of the body.

Taylor Recovery residents are utilizing their membership at The Houston Gym to exercise and as a result they are experiencing improved sleep, greater energy, and enhanced feelings of well-being, all which make life much more manageable and enjoyable and recovery that much more possible and sustainable.