Monday, August 30, 2004

 

Exercise and Addiction Recovery

In my recovery process I have found exercise to be very important. A person with an addictive brain has to learn to deal with life. Instead of running to the addiction when trouble comes he/she must learn to deal with life's problems as normal people do.

First you must understand a little about the addictive brain to make any since of what I'm saying. Addicts have become addicted to insanely high levels of chemicals secreted by the brain called "feel good" enzymes such as endorphins and enkephalins. These chemicals can be triggered by many things, drugs, exercise, sex, work, take your pick. These chemicals are natural and help us deal with life. For instance, whenever a husband and wife have sex both should feel a since of confidence, connection, and emotional intimacy. Basically, a natural "high." Also, when a person exercises they also "feel good."

However, addicts live on abnormal high doses of these neurochemicals. When stress levels rise at work, or simply when life happens, addicts like others trigger the fight or flight reaction. Addicts flight to their addictions. "Normal" people stand fight. In other words, normal people confront their problems upfront. Also, addicts learn to live in this trama frame of mind.

Moving on, a healthy way to deal with the addictive brain is through exercise. It is a healthy way to trigger your brain to secrete normal level s of "fell good" enzymes.

Many don't like exercise becaue they feel it's one more thing to do. I feel that exercise has to be a part of everyday life. For me it's bicycles. I can ride to class or to the library to do research or homework.. It's only a 4 mile round trip from my apartment to school. In other words find ways to incorporate manual labor into your everyday life.

You have to pick something you enjoy. I started lifting weight few year ago. I did not stick with it because lifting large heavy objects over my head wasn't enjoyable.

Understand that one can get addicted to exercise just like sex, drugs, food, work, etc. Healthy limits must be taken. I just remember not tor ride until total exhaustion.

Next time we'll look at what the pro say about addiction recovery and exercise.

Hope this helps anyone.

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