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Why Do Treatment And Recovery Need To Be Mind, Body, Spirit?

Addiction is a disease of more than just the body: It’s also an affliction of the mind and the spirit. Simply detoxing, over a period of days, from our drug of choice is not enough to bring us recovery from our addiction. If only it were that simple!

The physical detoxing must occur first, and this is usually accompanied by a fair amount of bodily discomfort. We often shake, shiver, itch, burn, throb, wrack and sob uncontrollably as the drugs leave our system. Sometimes, seizures and other severe physical reactions can occur. For this reason, it is typically best to withdraw in a controlled medical setting, such as a recovery center.

Once we’ve detoxed, we find that our minds are still muddled, and we are broken and ashamed. How did we get here? How will we ever recover? It’s important that we stay attuned what our bodies, hearts and minds are telling us.

One of the first things we learn is the acronym H.A.L.T., which stands for Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired. These four states of being can lead us directly into a relapse if we don’t heed their warning.

If we’re hungry, the first thing we do is to eat nourishing food and savor a good meal. If we’re angry, we acknowledge our feelings and diffuse our temper by stepping away from the situation; we might pray or meditate, talk to our therapist or a friend, read, or take a walk. If we’re lonely, we call another recovering addict or, better yet, we get ourselves to a meeting. If we’re tired, we close our eyes and rest as soon as we can.

There’s another idea we’re taught in early recovery: Move a muscle, change a thought. That is to say, we can change our ideas and emotions by getting some physical exercise. The first step is to identify our emotions. Feeling anxious or tense? Again, a walk is often the best remedy. Doing some stretching, yoga, or even house- or yard work are other ways to change your train of thought and work off nervous energy.

Finally, we must feed our spirit through prayer or meditation. Active addiction has left a hole in our heart. Through physical exercise, the fellowship of our treatment group, therapy, and daily meditation, we learn we have all the ingredients necessary for a successful recovery.

The Gardens Wellness Center is bringing the holistic approach to residential medical detox. Call us today for information our our clinical detox programs and how to take the first step in your journey to recovery:  (844) 325-9168