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Thursday, July 28, 2016

4 Steps to Stick With Exercise

By now, you likely know that there are numerous benefits of exercise in addiction recovery. To recap: Physical activity activates the brain’s “pleasure circuit,” reducing substance cravings and boosting your mood. It also helps your body rebound from the damage of substance misuse and reduces your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other health conditions.

But knowing how good exercise is for you doesn't necessarily mean that you’ll be motivated to move. Starting and sticking to a fitness routine is tough, especially when you’re also trying to get a handle on your recovery. These simple strategies can help.

  1. Reframe your thinking. If the gym just isn’t for you right now, try finding more ways to move throughout the day. Fitness can mean any type of physical activity, from taking the stairs to cleaning the house to gardening. 

  2. Plot it out. Having a workout plan can help you stick to your routine. But it’s also important to be flexible and willing to shuffle this schedule, if, say, you’re not feeling up to it or are faced with an unexpected work event.

  3. Track your moves. Jot down what you did and for how long (including chores) and add it up at the end of each day. You might also want to note how the movement made you feel; for example, energetic, relaxed, limber. Documenting your progress will help strengthen your motivation.

  4. Make a date. Whether you plan a morning walk with a friend or sign up for a yoga class, setting an appointment will keep you accountable. 
Finding Fitness Motivation

The best form of fitness during addiction recovery is the kind that motivates you and includes a mix of social, heart-healthy, and meditative recreation. The Haven at Pismo helps you develop an exercise program tailored to your health needs, lifestyle preferences, and addiction history. To learn more, call: 805-202-3440.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Is Rehab in the Central Coast of California Right for You?

Choosing the right rehab facility is not an easy decision, and amongst the many considerations is location. Not only do you have to think about whether you want a rehab that’s out of your state or region (to distance yourself from old friends, haunts, and triggers that threaten your sobriety), but you also need to evaluate whether the location will provide the peace and quiet you need to focus on the hard work of recovery.

In other words, will the location of the facility help you refocus, rejuvenate, and renew yourself as you embark on your journey toward lasting sobriety?

The Benefits of Addiction Treatment in the Central Coast of California
The Central Coast of California has been touted for years for its glorious beaches, crystal clear air, and serene landscapes. “It’s an ideal place to relax, slow down, and appreciate the abundant natural beauty,” wrote Fodor’s Travel. The travel experts specifically noted the following features.

Nature: The Central Coast of California is home to beaches, two national marine sanctuaries, state and national parks, protected bays, harbors, and coves, graceful waterfalls, and the rugged Los Padres National Forest.
Outdoor activities: Whether you’re looking for adventure or to simply escape in nature, the Central Coast of California offers a host of options. These include beach strolling, bicycling, hiking, bird watching, camping, fishing, surfing, golfing, kayaking, and horseback riding.
Edible bounty: Countless farmers’ markets and restaurants help you get your fill of regional foods from land and sea, including grapes, strawberries, olive oil, and seafood.
Small-town charm, big-city culture. You may be away from the hustle and bustle of L.A. or San Francisco, but you’ll still find plenty of cultural opportunities in the Central Coast of California – from museums and theater to music, festivals, and more. The region also offers world-class attractions, including Hearst Castle and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Outdoor Recreation During Rehab
The Haven at Pismo in the Central Coast of California provides the perfect backdrop for your recovery with a host of outdoor activities proven to have therapeutic benefits ranging from reducing anxiety to promoting gratitude. To explore our location or to learn more about our comprehensive addiction treatment programs, call today: 866-930-4673.

Monday, July 11, 2016

7 Reasons to Add Walking to Your Recovery Plan

We’ve all heard that walking is good for you – especially when it’s a sunny day and you get a nice dose of mood-boosting vitamin D – but do you know how good it is for your recovery and lasting sobriety?

A brisk walk can do wonders when you’re attempting to rebuild a healthy, sober lifestyle and reverse the ill effects of long-term drug or alcohol use.

Here are just a few of the many health benefits of walking: 

Helps your heart. This includes warding off heart disease, increasing your heart rate, lowering blood pressure, and strengthening your ticker, which has likely taken a pounding from drugs or alcohol. 

Shores up your bones. It can stop the loss of bone mass, especially important since alcohol and drug addiction ups your risk for osteoporosis.

Lightens your mood. Walking releases natural painkilling endorphins to the body – one of the emotional benefits of exercise. “Just 10 minutes of walking at the pace you would use if you were late for an appointment — but obviously without that stress of being late — can boost your mood for two hours,” said Robert Thayer, PhD, author of Calm Energy: How People Regulate Mood With Food and Exercise, in a Real Simple interview.

Aids in weight loss. On average, a brisk 30-minute walk burns 200 calories – especially good news if you’re among the 65 percent who will gain weight after rehab.

Strengthens muscles. Walking is a free way to tone your legs, abdominal muscles, and arms (if you pump them as you walk). And the better you look, the better you’ll feel about yourself and ability to stay sober!

Improves sleep. This is especially true if you walk in the a.m.; morning walks have been study-proven to relieve insomnia and encourage deeper sleep.

Helps your body repair damage. Walking increases your breathing rate, which causes oxygen to travel faster through bloodstream. This helps to eliminate toxins, increase your energy levels, and enhance your body’s ability to heal from the damage of addiction.

Get Sober, Get in Shape
The Haven at Pismo works with you to develop a tailor-made fitness program based on your needs, lifestyle preferences, and addiction history. We offer a variety of indoor and outdoor activities that repair the physical and psychological damage caused by drug and alcohol abuse. For more information, call 805-202-3440.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Practicing Patience for Recovery

One of the many challenges of recovery is having patience – the patience to heal and to reclaim your life. In active addiction, you’ve likely become accustomed to an instant-fix mode; using drugs, alcohol, sex, eating, or any other substance or behavior to quickly alter the way you feel. 

In recovery, on the other hand, there is no quick fix. Staying sober is a lifelong journey that requires having patience on a daily basis – patience with the process, patience with yourself and with loved ones. 

We’re not born with it. Like any worthy skill, learning to become a more patient person takes a fair amount of practice. Here are five tips to get you started:  
  • Make yourself wait. Whether you intentionally hold off for 10 minutes to eat dessert or to cue your favorite Netflix series, practicing patience with small tasks will help you realize your willpower and ability to withstand the recovery process. 
  • Embrace being uncomfortable. “We need to become comfortable with the uncomfortable in order to cultivate a little more patience,” wrote Jane Bolton, PsyD, in a blog for Psychology Today. There will inevitably be times during recovery that you’re outside your comfort zone – and during these times it’s easy to become impatient about the circumstances. Try to power through and remind yourself that it’s just uncomfortable, not intolerable. 
  • Practice gratitude. People who are able to be thankful for what they have are more mindful – and this leads to being more patient, according to studies. Try it: Jot down three things for which you are thankful and three people to whom you are grateful. 
  • Discover a healthy outlet for your emotions. Even the most patient person becomes frustrated now and again – but learning to release this frustration will make room for patience. Find what works for you: Is it a walk, meditation, venting to a good friend, or watching a funny YouTube video? 
  • Just breathe. Count to 10 and take a deep breath – and repeat a few times if necessary. This simple act will help you slow down and focus on being more patient.
Recovery: A Phone Call Away
If you have been putting off addiction recovery, make a decisive move today. To reach a recovery counselor at The Haven at Pismo, call 805-202-3440.