Episode Three of Sobering Up Summit Malibu is live!
In this episode, Dr Kim Chronister talks about addiction recovery and the importance of exercise. She talks about how very important exercise is as a part of life. Especially for those that are recovering from alcoholism and drug addiction.
Exercise is way more than a way to be healthy. Exercising releases endorphins and hormones that make the body actually feel better. Regular exercise can decrease anxiety, depression, and even high blood pressure. Getting fit does a lot more than make you look good, it also helps you to feel really good. And not just when working out…that feel good mood continues after, and uplifts you throughout the rest of your day. Exercising brings good to the mind and the body.
When beginning recovery exercise is an excellent new habit to begin forming. It is a healthy way to spend the extra hours that are found in a sober day. It is also something that can really make you feel good, and can often make you feel how you have always wanted to feel. It provides the “good” feeling that drinking and drugging promise but fail to deliver. It also really does do the body good and can help speed up the time it takes to be back to feeling like yourself after a relapse, or for the first time in a long time if newly sober.
Exercise is a vital component to a healthy lifestyle. Add in a healthy diet, and positive activities that focus on self-improvement, community, and service. This is a great way to really begin to set the foundation for a future that is worth living. And one that makes you feel pretty spectacular too.
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There are times when life gets hard, and everything seems to be going wrong. It often makes people feel overwhelmed and hopeless. This is particularly true of those suffering from addiction.
But, there are some tools that you can use to make things feel better, and help you to get through the rough times.
Summit’s Clinical Director, Kim Chronister, PsyD, was featured in this article for Bustle, higlighting some great tools to use to turn the tough patches of life around.
The tools include:
Try Something New
Set Intentions Every Morning
Get To Cleanin’
Do The Thing That Scares You
Build Up From Small Changes
Force Yourself To Have Fun
Go Hang Out With Cool People
Fake A Better Attitude
Take Some Time To Assess
Have Yourself A Good Cry
Be All About The Lists
Make A Plan To Reach Your Goals
Remember You Aren’t Alone
Check out the article here to learn more:
Addiction and substance abuse don’t exist in a vacuum. It often develops hand-in-hand with other mental health conditions, an occurrence called ‘dual diagnosis’. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, roughly 33 percent of individuals suffering from mental illness also succumb to substance abuse. Among those suffering with a severe mental illness, this figure increases closer to 50 percent.
According to NAMI, Dual diagnoses are more common among men than women; and it’s more likely to occur in drug users than in alcohol abusers—53 percent to 37 percent to be exact. However, no definitive pattern exists for which generally occurs first.
Some addictions tend to develop from mental illnesses.
Co-occurring mental illnesses and addiction disorders exist codependent of one another. When one gets worse or goes untreated, the other typically gets worse too. This often necessitates specialized treatment called ‘integrated intervention’. The course of integrated treatment may not be the same for every individual as it depends on the substance being abused as well as the co-occurring mental illness. Some common approaches exist, however; and both the addiction and the mental health disorder must be addressed.
Know that if you are suffering from both a mental disorder and substance abuse, you are certainly not alone. A qualified facility and trained medical professionals can treat both problems successfully.