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Exercise Your Way Through Rehab and Recovery!

Woman running with the sun behind herWe all know how beneficial exercising can be. It helps us to become in good physical and mental shape. Regularly working out can help with weight loss, heart disease, and more medical problems. What many people do not realize is the importance of exercise in drug rehab and recovery.

Exercise in Rehab

Did you know that there are a lot of benefits that can come from exercising during rehab and after? Before we give you an idea of how beneficial it can be, let's first take a look at the benefits of exercise in general.

  • It lowers stress and anxiety.
  • Mood-boosting and increases happiness.
  • It gives us a mental boost.
  • It helps lose and control body weight.
  • It helps with good physical fitness.
  • Lowers risk for medical conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.
  • It helps us live longer and healthier.
  • Gives us energy.

Those who are into rehab for addiction can undergo various types of treatment. Supplementing exercise with these rehabilitation programs can be beneficial. Below, you'll find several reasons why.

Enhances physical fitness. Often times, those who are addicted to drugs or alcohol do not take care of themselves. They have poor eating habits and rarely get any physical activity. By the time they reach rehab they are in terrible shape, physically. Adding in a workout routine can help increase physical fitness.

Increases good moods. Many times, addicts are in a dark place. They are rarely happy or in good moods, and may instead be experiencing feelings of guilt or shame. Exercise can help with that. Quitting drugs or alcohol use helps to lighten leads but exercise can help even more.

It helps lower restless leg syndrome symptoms. Those who have been taking opiates for opioid medication can suffer from restless leg syndrome during withdrawal. Exercise can help lower the symptoms.

It helps control emotions. During rehab, they will be entering the early stages of recovery. This can be quite emotional. Exercise can help you control it. Don't be afraid to show your emotions, don't let them either. Using exercise as a coping mechanism can help.

According to, "Studies also show exercise can reduce stress because galanin (a chemical found in the brain during exercise) seems to diminish certain stress-related cravings. Other research has found that smokers report fewer withdrawal symptoms and less intense cravings after a trip to the gym. Stick with exercise long-term, and it might even diminish drug-seeking behaviors (along with that midsection)."

Types of Exercise for Drug Rehab in Charlotte NC

Freedom Detox offers the following alternative therapies in the form of exercise for recovering addicts. We believe in offering a more holistic way to sobriety. That's why exercise and personalized care are our number one priorities in rehabilitation.

Depending on the rehab facility you are at might depend on what you're able to do. Below you'll find the most common types of exercise in rehab.


Yoga is a natural companion to 12-Step based recovery programs. It shares many of the same goals. Yoga also teaches participants how to achieve those goals. Impulse control is also a common trait among those who enter drug and alcohol rehab treatment programs. Yoga supports these goals by giving addicts tools for positively directing their emotions. Whenever you are feeling the stressed stretch and work on your positions.

Tai Chi

As one of the ancient Chinese martial arts used for self-defense, exercise, and meditation, this exercise is great for recovering addicts. At Legacy, Tai Chi is practiced for its many health benefits and is one of the numerous holistic treatment methods we offer to help you overcome your addiction, once and for all. Tai Chi is characterized by slow, gentle movements of your arms, legs, and body that aim to reduce stress and tension while increasing a feeling of serenity. It has been described as “meditation in motion.” Tai Chi is used to treating drug and alcohol addiction because it offers you another method of getting in touch with your inner, true self.

Ropes Courses

The ropes course offers one of the finest therapeutic outdoor experiences in addiction treatment available today. You’ll meet a number of goals by focusing on positive achievements and confronting personal fears and anxieties. Some of the therapeutic achievements you will experience while participating in our ropes course include positive risk-taking, improved self-confidence, expanded comfort zones, improved leadership skills, overcome fears, and an overall increase of personal and team development.

Adventure Therapy

This includes a variety of fun, safe, and challenging activities that enhance personal growth and team building while at Legacy. It's one of the ways we battle alcohol and drug addiction directly through an activity-based substance abuse treatment.

Adventure therapy helps to improve confidence and self-esteem, expand your current and sometimes limiting comfort zones, enhance leadership, facilitate goal-setting, build and improve trust, build teamwork, overcome fears. It also helps provide personal growth and team development. Adventure therapy is another great way to be exposed to the great outdoors and stay, or begin to become more, active in your life while helping you discover new healthy activities that you may be unaware of and passionate about.

We hope this information helps you better understand why exercise is important for drug rehab in Charlotte NC, as well as recovery. To learn more, contact us, today.

Person cycling Freedom Detox, Alternative Drug Rehab in Charlotte NC

Dealing with drug abuse is difficult. That's why we are here to help you and or someone you love goes through this complicated and dangerous situation. If you have questions or concerns about the risk of substance abuse or want to learn more about our personalized rehabilitation treatment, don't hesitate to contact us at any time.

Freedom Detox is here for you. Our alternative programs are geared toward the needs of the patient. We don't offer an in-house facility, either. Outpatient therapy has proven to be far more successful than that of a traditional, lock-down facility. We encourage everyone to go on with their school and work schedules while receiving treatment. We also encourage the family to join us for group sessions as well.

We Offer Holistic Drug Rehab in Charlotte NC

If you or someone you love is suffering from a substance abuse problem, it's time to get them some help. While it’s easy for them to believe they are alone in this struggle that is the farthest thing from the truth. There are numerous people dealing with addiction, all over the world. Regardless of how bad drug or alcohol use has become, help is always available. Contact Freedom Detox to work with us using our drug rehab in Charlotte NC and alcohol treatment services. We are here to help those in need get back on track to a healthier, happier life.