Are you getting 6-8 hours of sleep per night?
Getting the required amount of hours of sleep per night is not about restfulness, focus, or productivity. How much sleep the brain gets directly correlates to how much sleep the brain is able to get. Sleep deprivation causes the brain a challenge in being able to get enough sleep in the future. Exhaustion, hormone imbalance, adrenal fatigue, and slow metabolism can come from not getting enough sleep.
In the treatment process, sleep is of utmost importance. Each day, you are faced with numerous physical and psychological challenges throughout the day. Digesting new information, learning new things, and expressing suppressed emotions require energy. Not getting enough sleep inhibits your ability to fully heal.
Are you drinking half your body weight in water?
Water is the ultimate source of life. Our bodies and brains are primarily water. Our home, planet earth, is more than seventy percent water. Simply put, human beings need water to survive. Water helps your energy stay sustained throughout the day. Staying hydrated also helps to regularly clear out the buildup of toxins in our system.
Are you eating a balanced diet?
Eating too many carbohydrates, sugary foods, or processed foods as opposed to healthy proteins, fruits, and vegetables can quickly throw your body out of balance. For recovery, the body needs healthy nutrients to heal itself from the damages caused by drugs and alcohol. Additionally, feeding the brain foods like carbs and sugar creates spikes and crashes in energy, specifically within the dopamine reward system. Doing so essentially reinforces the same patterns caused by substance abuse. Eating a balanced diet results in restorative healing and positive habit building for the future.
Are you eating enough during the day?
Skipping meals can happen. If you find you are skipping multiple meals day after day, it is time to figure out how to incorporate more snacks and meals into your schedule. Metabolism, our source of energy made by food, thrives on being consistently fed. Think of it like this: in recovery we are striving to achieve a stasis- a balance with normalized fluctuation. Active addiction is an endless repetition of high high’s and low low’s. Eating regularly helps the body and brain maintain normalcy.
Are you moving around enough?
Most daily schedules in addiction treatment will involve yoga, or some form of exercise. Sitting in group after group, therapy session after therapy session, results in an excess of sedentary time. Resting is important in the early recovery and treatment process. In between groups take the opportunity to go for a short walk or stretch.
Recovery is more than detaching from our addiction to drug and alcohol. We must learn a new way of living to care for our minds, bodies, and spirits. Refuge Recovery offers a program of holistic healing and treatment for substance abuse. Combining Buddhist philosophy with evidence based treatment methods we offer an integrated program, promoting the development of a full and authentic life. Call 323-207-0276 today for more information.