Addiction is a brain disease that negatively affects nearly all aspects of a person’s life. Addiction also makes an impact on family and friends and takes over the way the brain functions. It interferes with a person’s behavior, mood, relationships, work, and well-being, and results in negative consequences. Addiction can lead to serious health problems, such as liver failure, heart attack, stroke, overdose, and early death. It can also cause severe brain injury.
Outdoor activities and spending time in nature
Holistic treatment focuses on healing the mind, body, and spirit for the best success in recovery. This type of treatment teaches mindfulness of self and others with clarity and allows a person to be in the “present.” Meditation and yoga are healthy activities that use breathing techniques to help clear the mind and renew the spirit. Clearing the mind in an oxygen-rich environment helps the brain to heal and function without the control of drugs or alcohol.
According to an article on How Meditation Conquers Addiction, EOC Institute, meditation stimulates and trains your brain to be happy and “naturally high” without the need for alcohol, prescriptions, marijuana, drugs, cigarettes, or any other addictive substance to feel good.
More time in nature improves mental health
Spending more time in nature improves mental health. Symptoms of depression, anxiety, ADHD, and stress are significantly lowered. An article on oxygen levels and brain function for the Lung Institute (2016) states, “When you’re calm, breathing becomes easier and stress levels are lower. Deep breathing, meditation, and positive thinking exercises are good ways to help you relax. Exercise also increases the oxygen in your blood.”
Certain drugs and alcohol can result in decreased blood concentration and deprive brain tissue of oxygen. A lack of oxygen to the brain can lead to brain cell death and coma. Staying active in an oxygen-rich environment also helps boost morale, reduce stress, and makes the recovery process much easier.
Addiction takes a toll on your mind, body, and spirit. Treatment can be tailored to your unique needs so you can work on restoring your health, renewing your spirit, and freeing yourself from the control of drugs and alcohol. If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction, get help now. Addiction is isolating, but you are not alone. Get help today so you can feel better, happier, and healthier in a new, sober lifestyle. Treatment is available and there is hope in recovery.
The Fort Worth Recovery umbrella covers medically supervised detox, as well as residential programs for men and women alike. Our programs are abstinence-based and combine a 12-step approach with a strong mental health component, integrating cutting-edge techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Somatic Experiencing, and Motivational Interviewing. For more information or to start your healing journey, please fill out a contact request form and one of our recovery experts will connect with you shortly.