Sure, it’s your own fault!
Stigma, Substance Misuse and dependance.
The term ‘Stigma’ can be best understood as a set of negative and often unfair beliefs that people have about a particular circumstance, quality or person.
These negative beliefs are mainly fueled by misinformation, there is a great deal of stigma surrounding addiction causing; avoidance, rejection, and discrimination, ultimately stopping people from seeking the help they so desperately need.
One thing ARC Fitness aims to do is to change the conversation around alcohol/drug dependence. It does this by being transparent and honest about the realities of dependence and reinforcing this through evidenced based education provision.
What is an Addiction Recovery Coach?
An Addiction Recovery Coach is a term that covers many different roles. As a coach I believe that I provide invaluable support to people trying to overcome their addictive, compulsive, obsessive and destructive behaviors.
Think of it as a kind of “Life Coach” that focuses on helping people make smart choices and healthy decisions, with the #1 priority being not using alcohol or drugs or acting out in their addiction.
ARC Fitness adds the additional approach of introducing physical activity as a medium for recovery.
Withdrawal's & Sleep
Quitting drugs and alcohol use is a positive step toward a healthy lifestyle, but it’s rarely easy. After prolonged use, the body becomes physically dependent on alcohol and certain drugs and withdrawal or detox is its response to the absence of the substance.
The withdrawal process often causes physical and emotional discomfort and can include:Feeling achyAnxiety and restlessnessSweatingInsomniaStomach upsetRapid heartbeat and high blood pressureNot a pleasant combination.
So, you’re just a sort time into your sobriety, its going well however you knew this was going to happen eventually. The dreaded social event. The Wedding, Christening or 80th Birthday party you can’t miss.
The panic of socialising with people when you don’t drink any more can be paralysing. It can even cause some to avoid interactions with people completely. Unfortunately, such avoidance can affect your relationships with good friends and family who value your time and company.
“Tip the Scales” - Learning Balance in Recovery
“Me. I’m all or nothing, no middle ground here.”
Learning to find balance can be particularly challenging in recovery
(trust me I am still practicing almost 8 years later)
You see, leading a balanced life means avoiding extreme highs or lows. It forces you to pay attention to those compulsive tendencies that many of those who experience dependence own.
In recovery we then have a tendency to focus on or obsess too much on one activity, such as exercise or work. When these scale tip too far in one direction, it can trigger the urge to turn back to old behaviours to cope.
Because you’re worth it!
So, you have gone and got yourself sober - Brilliant Achievement by the way!
Maybe you spent time in a detox or rehabilitation center, maybe you had 1-1 therapy or maybe you just bit the bullet and went it alone.
Whatever path you chose to get there, YOU put the work in, YOU got yourself there. So, you should be feeling great, right?
Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for people in recovery however to struggle with low self-esteem, robbing them of the joy sobriety brings. Instead of joy, familiar feelings of unhappiness, unworthiness, and generally feeling unsatisfied rear their ugly heads and make staying sober in the long run a challenge.
So, you’ve finally made it through treatment, or even gone it alone but now your Clean, Sober and feeling great about life and recovery.
I remember that feeling, its exciting, liberating and FRESH. I felt truly alive for the first time in years.
However, despite these awesome feelings, relapse rates are highest in the first year following treatment. I played the relapse roulette for 2 years before I gained consistent sobriety.
When you think of Self-Care you tend to think of; Exercise, Relaxation, Meditation or spa days.
One equally important aspect we don’t consider is - thinking about the people you choose to keep in your life.
Whether you realise it or not, the company you surround yourself with can impact you in significant ways. They can influence the decisions that you make, the places you go and the positive/negative things you are exposed to.
When it comes to my own approach to recovery conversations, I find it easier for people to relate to and accept treatment when I talk about their unhealthy relationship with alcohol or drugs, rather than focusing on the “addiction” or “addict” terminology.
It's ALL about the Genes:
How people & environment influence alcohol abuse.
No one actively decides to become addicted to drugs or alcohol. I most certainly didn’t think that;
“ You know what? Wouldn’t it be great if I needed a drink as soon a I woke up just to function normally and not shake”.
There are situations that an individual may face throughout their life that have a massive impact on whether they choose to drink. A person’s family life, education, friends, family, and work can all have an influence on their drinking habits.
A 2014 study published in the journal Complementary Therapies in Medicine examined the effect of yoga alongside rehab in treating alcohol dependence. The results showed that the greatest reduction in drinking occurred among the group that incorporated yoga into treatment.
A study published in the journal Nursing Research indicated that yoga can significantly improve the mood and quality of life in female heroin users undergoing drug detoxification. Researchers concluded that the activity can be used alongside traditional care to treat heroin dependence.
The ultimate goal of addiction recovery is whole-body wellness. Your mental, emotional, and physical wellness all affect one another. CrossFit was designed to promote overall wellness and fitness.
Workouts are designed to be different each time, build a wide variety of core abilities, and get the most results out of short, intense training sessions.
Shorter workouts mean it’s easier to find the time to exercise, and you get a lot accomplished in a small window of time. Increasing your all round fitness gives the body the ability to handle a wide variety of physical challenges.