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January is National Staying Healthy Month

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January is National Staying Healthy Month

The end of the holidays often leaves many people struggling to change or incorporate healthier habits into their lifestyle in the coming year.  January is National Staying Healthy Month and for people in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction, the need to make and stick to a New Year recovery resolution to stay clean and sober is not only challenging, but critical. The common principles of January’s National Staying Health Month can help to provide a cohesive platform on which both people in addiction and their loved ones who support them can launch healthier habits that make staying sober easier.  In fact, attention to healthy habits like exercise, good nutrition, engaging with community activities that support mental health go hand-in-hand with relapse prevention strategies. And, while everyone is focused on establishing life enhancing goals in line with suggestions for National Staying Healthy Month, it also affords a conducive environment for people in recovery to pursue and achieve their recovery or relapse prevention goals.

Top New Year Recovery Resolutions

  1. Make a relapse prevention plan or tweak an existing one. Getting family and friends and your support team involved in the establishment of a relapse prevention plan or giving feedback on how to improve an existing plan can go a long way in achieving year-long sobriety.
  2. Eat healthy and nutritious food. Drugs and alcohol often deplete the physical body of essential nutrients that can leave people in recovery with gastrointestinal, nervous system disorders and other health problems.  As a result, they are people in greater need of a nutritious diet to rebuild damaged tissues and organs in order to restore proper functioning of these systems.  Incorporating more plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds can provide vital life affirming vitamins, minerals and fiber to support the physical recovery process.
  3. Exercise, according to a study published in the Journal of Experimental Biology, not only keep you in shape but the human brain experiences a chemical reward during exercise. As evidenced in outcome studies, this can be used as an alternative reward for those battling addiction and make staying clean easier. The goal, according to researcher’s is to regularly engage in activities such as walking, stretching and participating in programs like yoga and aerobic exercise when possible. This goal can also be supported with the help of a phone app that can monitor daily activities. Overall, exercise is a powerful tool with scientific evidence that it can mitigate brain damage and reduce self-administered use of drugs and alcohol.
  4. Stay connected to your support system. Numerous outcome studies and addiction recovery programs emphasis the importance of establishing and maintaining a strong support system.  This means cultivating nurturing relationships that not only provide support but also offer opportunities to give it. Isolation presents a strong trigger for drug abuse and relapse.  Staying connected to a “community” of friends, family or a recovery support group is an essential component in the sobriety maintenance process.
  5. Participate in a drug rehab program if you are still battling addiction or have recently relapsed. Beginning the New Year with professional help to stop the suffering caused by addiction can make a major difference in how you look, feel and what you achieve by the end of the year. Treatment for addiction can also determine whether you thrive or merely survive this year.

Having a clear objective and consistency are key ways to achieve your recovery resolutions. There are also more ways to a pursue health today than ever before.  Technology enables and provide more innovative ways to stay sober and achieve self-improvement. The observance of National Staying Healthy Month is one way to invite positive change and re-energize hope for a better future. To get help for your addiction, contact treatment specialists who are available to answer your questions. 

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