Detoxification is difficult, if not done correctly relapse becomes all too common. It’s especially difficult with opioid addiction. Did you know that three out of four people relapse within a month after detoxification? Now mind you many of these folks were flying solo with a home detox plan. Some were working with an outpatient program. Seldom did relapses occur after finishing a medically monitored rehab center treatment utilizing a custom-tailored plan set to their situation and lifestyle. So, the statistics are not all that surprising (cite below).
Let’s face it, rewiring your brain and body is hard enough, but that’s not all that must be done. It will require a complete lifestyle change, perhaps a new set of friends as well. You’ll need a comprehensive strategy and plan to prevent temptation. Consider if you will the stresses in your life that might trigger a desire to take opioids. Well, if you will work on yourself, you’ll find things a lot easier.
Take a look at your new life without opioids. Think about all the positives and all the things you are now able to do and do well. Next consider things in your life that cause you angst, pain, stress, or depression. Work to limit those situations and find time to do the things that will help move you forward. Let’s discuss this for a moment.
Implementing an Exercising Strategy to Prevent Opioid Relapse
By exercising your brain will release endorphins and put you in a positive mood. You will restore your physical and mental health. You will feel happier and healthier and fulfilled. When you work out, you will start eating better and improve your diet as well. Preventing depression and stress are two very commonly reported results known to those who work out on a regular basis. This is exactly what you need to keep your mind focused on your new life, rather than regressing into relapse.
If you are looking for the easiest and most helpful thing you can do to prevent a relapse, exercising on a regular basis (3 or more times per week) is the single smartest move you can make. You will be a happier version of yourself, and you will notice the results, and feel great. After all, this is the goal. No it’s not going to be easy, nothing in life is, but if you want to have a long life without cutting it short due to addiction then you need to be thinking here.
- “Alternative to ‘revolving door’ of opioid detox and relapse.” Boston University School of Medicine. ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 20 August 2019. Available free on Google Scholar