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Exercise and recreational therapy activities for substance abuse treatment

Exercise is an Effective Catalyst in Recovery Treatment

Start feeling well again by restoring your body and mind.
Scientific research shows that integrating physical activity into a daily treatment program is proven to be a highly effective tool in addiction treatment. While therapy sessions and education are crucial to rehabilitation, Recovery Centers of America (RCA) also integrates exercise and other recreational activities into our customized addiction treatment strategies. After all, we know how critical these activities are to re-establish healthy patterns and habits, as well as help patients heal, repair, and recover from the damages of substance abuse.

Physical Activity
During your treatment, you’ll work with our dedicated Wellness team to develop a personalized fitness plan. Depending on the RCA facility in which you recover, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of physical activities, including tennis, basketball, resistance training, hiking, and others. Additionally, each of our addiction treatment centers features tranquil outdoor areas where you can read, journal, meditate, or relax.

Proven benefits of exercise
In addition to physical benefits, exercising regularly and participating in activities can help:

  • Improve positive feelings and mood while reducing negative emotions and stress.
  • Heal, repair, and strengthen the mind and body from the damages of substance abuse.
  • Release natural levels of endorphins, enabling the body to relearn and regulate brain chemistry in a safe, natural manner. This release is also effective in treating depression.

Art and Music Therapy
Depending on your individual treatment needs and RCA facility, you can also enjoy activities like art therapy or music therapy. By tapping into the creative parts of your brain, art therapy stimulates your mind.

Art activities can help:

  • Improve your mood.
  • Give you a sense of satisfaction.
  • Improve your observation skills.

Music therapy works similarly if you simply want to listen to music. However, if you play an instrument as part of music therapy, you can improve your motor skills as well as reduce pain and stress.

Regardless of your interests or fitness level, you’ll discover many opportunities for physical activity and recreation to complement your drug and alcohol rehab program.

To get information about fitness and recreation activities available during treatment at RCA, call 1-800-RECOVERY today.

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