Early Stages of Recovery

As we’ve mentioned before, finding a coping skill or “positive addiction” is beneficial during the early stages of recovery. Last week, we touched upon a few non-active coping skills such as painting, writing and listening to music. This week, we would like to share a few active hobbies that could be beneficial for the recovering addict.

Yoga can elevate mood, improve symptoms of depression and anxiety, and unite the body, mind and spirit! There are different forms of yoga that are available depending on personal preference.  Ananda and Hatha are more gentle versions of yoga that focus on meditation and breathing to provide a relaxing escape after a busy day.  Ashtanga and Kundalini are aerobic and energizing forms of yoga that are perfect for people who prefer a more strenuous workout.

    • Mindfulness is a meditation technique that is often used in combination with yoga to promote self-awareness.  The concept of mindfulness is to become aware of one’s own thoughts, emotions, and sensations by breathing and concentration. Research has suggested that the combination of yoga and mindfulness can provide energy, satisfaction, and stability on an addict’s road to recovery.

Running has been shown to improve mood, especially in the short term and can therefore provide the extra boost many addicts need when they first stop using. Running can create a sense of achievement, fulfill intrinsic and extrinsic needs, and provide a natural high.

Walking is a great alternative to running. Regularly taking walks has been shown improve mood and enhance the action of endorphins, chemicals that circulate throughout the body. Endorphins improve natural immunity and reduce the perception of pain.

What activities or hobbies can you see yourself doing during your recovery?

-Katie McGrath, M.S.

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