We at Renaissance Ranch believe in a comprehensive approach to healing that promotes a well-rounded recovery from addiction. That is why as part of our men’s residential treatment program, we provide exercise facilities where our clients can hone exercise skills during the early stages of recovery. Here is a look at some of the many benefits that exercise has to offer during recovery from addiction.Increase your resilience to stress.Did you know that regular exercise can actually make you more resilient to stress? Studies have shows that people who regularly push themselves physically exhibit stronger mental stamina in other areas of life, such as quitting smoking or remaining calm when taking final exams. This is because exercise actually elicits physiological changes (e.g., lower blood pressure and reorganized brain activity) that make people more resilient not only to physical stress but also to emotional and cognitive stress. Building your resilience to stress is vital in recovery, as stress can be a major trigger for relapse. So ultimately, regular exercise can strengthen your ability to resist cravings and avoid relapse.Achieve a “natural high.”When you exercise, your body releases endorphins—the same endorphins, in fact, that are released when you abuse a substance for that euphoric effect. This makes exercise an excellent, wholesome substitute for drug or alcohol use, as it can fill the void that substance abuse may have left behind.Gain self-confidence.Those who exercise regularly report increased feelings of self-confidence and optimism, as well as decreased feelings of depression of anxiety. (It doesn’t hurt that exercise tends to improve your appearance as well, resulting in a stronger self image.) This benefit of exercise can prove vital at a time when confidence levels might be at an all-time low.Practice self-care.Exercise is a great way to practice self-care in recovery. Practicing self-care is highly important because addiction has a tendency to take priority over everyday things like hygiene and proper nutrition. Exercise can help get you back into the routine of caring for yourself, and over time you’ll likely cultivate increased love for yourself. Self-love can be a major strength in any recovery, and it could majorly motivate you to stay sober.Replace old habits.One major principle behind any successful recovery from addiction is that you need to replace old habits with wholesome, new ones. Regular exercise makes for an excellent addition to a new, wholesome routine, and it can help draw your focus away from your former lifestyle.
Real Stories of Recovery
Renaissance Ranch will always be a special place to me and will always have a special place in my heart. I had already attended one rehab facility. The Ranch truly saved my life by teaching me and allowing me to understand and love who I am.
My sobriety date is July 15 2008. And for that I am very grateful. The ranch has given Me the tools to live a life I never thought was possible. I have never forgotten the feelings I felt when I was there in treatment and that's what gets me through the day, is the feelings and brotherhood that I was so blessed with while I was in the ranch.
As soon as I walked through the doors of the Ranch I felt hope. My life had spiraled into depths of shame, misery, guilt, depression, sadness, and suffocating darkness prior to reaching those front doors. The 2 months that followed would forever change my life and provide a foundation within that is unshakable.
I had a head full of gospel knowledge and a heart full of shame. I felt like a failure. I hated who I was. That all changed during my stay at Renaissance Ranch. I quickly realized that I wasn't alone and that there were others who felt the same feelings of self-hatred, failure, and shame. This realization, coupled with the nonjudgmental environment of the Ranch, I was able to be completely honest and open for the first time in my life. From the guidance and empathy of my counselors and brothers, I learned it was okay to feel and I started to believe that there was hope.
Renaissance Ranch gave me a gift that no amount of money can ever repay. Through their unique, caring approach I learned how much I was loved, and that I never had to feel alone every again.
I have been called to serve a full time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, in the Fort Collins, CO mission. I am eternally grateful for the sacrifices and love of everyone at The Ranch. I attribute my recovery to God, hard work, and the things I learned while I was there. I am so excited to go serve my Heavenly Father, it has been a long hard road to get here but I know it is what he wants me to do. My heart is full of gratitude and love for those who have cared for me... Thank you for all you have done for me...