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Wellness and Recovering from Substance Use Disorder

Wellness is an essential component of recovery for those trying to get sober from drugs. Detoxing from drugs and admitting that you have a problem are the first steps toward recovery. But as your mind clears, you may wonder what other steps you can take to "get well." After all, addiction affects your mind, body, and lifestyle. Recovering from addiction should also help you to reclaim and heal those parts of your life that addiction has harmed.


Substance use disorder is a chronic illness that can be progressive when left untreated. Staying sober and working on your body, mind, and spirit is a part of the ongoing recovery process.


Where Does Wellness Fit into Recovery From SUD?

Wellness, or whole-body health, means caring for yourself and your needs. In recovery, this keeps your focus on life without drugs. It also helps support better mental and physical health.

  • Physical: Substance abuse can significantly impact a person's body, including organ damage, malnutrition, and a weakened immune system. Healthy eating, exercise, and proper medical care can help repair this damage and improve overall physical health.
  • Mental: Substance abuse often co-occurs with mental health conditions, and addressing these issues is crucial for long-term recovery. Activities such as therapy, mindfulness practices, and stress management techniques can help to improve mental and emotional well-being.
  • Coping Skills: Substance use can be a coping mechanism for stress and other negative emotions. By developing new coping skills and healthy habits, individuals in recovery can build resilience and reduce their risk of relapse.
  • Self-care: Becoming well includes the practice of taking care of oneself, both physically and mentally. Engaging in self-care activities such as meditation, yoga, exercise, and other hobbies can improve overall well-being and contribute to a sense of purpose and fulfillment in sobriety.
  • Long-term Recovery: A comprehensive recovery approach focusing on wellness and happiness can increase the chances of achieving and maintaining long-term sobriety.

You'll learn much about recovery and coping skills in treatment and peer groups. You'll also be able to pick up self-care skills and learn by watching others in recovery lead healthy lives. 


Getting Well, Getting Healthy


When a person is using substances, they're not their best self. Physical and mental health are put to the wayside when a person is trapped in active addiction. Drugs harm your body, and the disruptions addiction can cause in your sleep cycle leave drug users exhausted. Unfortunately, mental health is not even on the agenda for most days.

In contrast, life in sobriety is about making every minute count. Your well-being is essential. Sobriety is your goal every day.

In treatment, many people begin to nurture their bodies and minds again. You may find solace in surfing or meditation on the beach. You may learn you have a passion for vegan cooking or yoga. Without drugs, there is a lot of space in your life for self-nurturing, growth, and healing. A compassionate recovery facility can help you learn more about yourself, make better choices, and learn to thrive in sobriety.

No matter what drug you use or how long you've used it, recovery is possible! When you're living with substance use disorder, you may blame yourself or think it's a moral failing. It's not - substance use disorder is a disease of the brain. You deserve the chance to recover and reclaim your life!


Getting Help for Addiction in Mexico


Mexico is a popular destination for those seeking drug treatment for several reasons, including the exclusivity and privacy our recovery center offers. We offer high-quality care with experienced staff and modern facilities. In addition, Mexico's warm weather and beautiful natural surroundings can provide a supportive environment that helps you reconnect with yourself and nature.


Learn more about how we can help you reclaim your life from addiction. Call us at (949) 279-1376 or, in Mexico: at (612) 153-5726.



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Hi! I’m Melissa Stailey, a freelance writer that loves to cook. I live and work in Washington, DC.