A commonly known phrase in sobriety is “When you get sober, you don’t have to change much, you just have to change everything.” When you make the decision to give up your addiction once and for all, your life will need to completely change if you want to remain clean and sober. Getting sober and staying sober goes hand-in-hand with living a healthy life style. Although living a healthy lifestyle can include many components, the two most important are nutrition and exercise.
The known phrase “You are what you eat” carries a lot of truth. Early on in recovery, it isn’t uncommon for recovering alcoholics or addicts to have a very poor diet. This is due to the lack of importance placed on ones diet during their drug addiction. For a long time, their only concern was when they were going to get their next fix. Most alcoholics and addicts would eat maybe one or two meals per day and snack on whatever was lying around. When it comes time to change their ways and start living a healthy lifestyle, most of them do not know what that looks like nor do they know where to begin. At Hotel California By the Sea, we educate our clients on what a healthy meal looks like. We even teach our clients how to grocery shop. These basic life skills so many of us take for granted, many of our clients never learned or learned and then forgot during their addiction. Supplying our clients with the tools and skills necessary for getting their health and wellness back, which is an essential part of recovery, is extremely important to us at HCBTS.
Nutrition and recovery go hand-in-hand because when eating a proper diet, ones mental focus and overall mood is significantly better. When one feels better, their chances of getting and staying sober are increased significantly. Exercise goes hand-in-hand with eating healthy because when one eats healthy, he or she is more motivated to exercise and stay fit. Likewise, when one exercises regularly and devotes their life to living an active lifestyle, they are much more likely to also eat healthy. This positive cycle is extremely powerful when put into full swing.
During recovery, the body and mind will continue to crave the “high” experienced during drug use. Exercise can give a natural high by releasing endorphins in the brain, which have similar effects to the ones that were released during drug use. Along with boosting ones mood, exercise helps to reduce anxiety and depression, reduce ones risk of numerous health issues and improve ones overall confidence significantly. By planning out workouts and sticking to them, exercise adds structure to ones life and helps one stay accountable, which are both very important aspects of recovery. Because exercise requires one’s focus and full attention, being present is inevitable. It won’t take long for one to start to notice the physical and emotional benefits of regular exercise and how it helps with sobriety.
At HCBTS, we believe that living a healthy life style is essential. Whether our clients have forgotten what constitutes as a healthy life style or never learned it in the first place, we are here to assist them throughout their entire journey with us. From teaching our clients how to cook a healthy meal to how to grocery shop and distinguish what is and isn’t healthy to how many calories they should be consuming on a daily basis vs. how many calories they should be burning, we are here for them all the way. We incorporate and teach the skills necessary for our clients to learn how to live a healthy lifestyle so that they can be on their own and live a happy, healthy life and of course, stay sober. Our program truly highlights the link between health, wellness and recovery.