When it comes to recovery from drug addiction or alcohol, there isn't any secret method or one set thing a person can do in order to assure their continued sobriety. Instead, it takes a daily effort. Just like any relationship, a person's connection with their recovery must be constantly developed and nurtured. This involves a progressive, conscious commitment to taking care of the body, the mind, and the soul. This can be accomplished by – among other things – maintaining a strong working recovery program that includes exercise, spirituality, community service and nutrition.

Perhaps the most important thing a person can do to maintain their recovery is to engage in the spiritual. This can be in whatever form they choose and it does not have to involve an organized religion. In fact, spirituality is often very personal and is something that can be practiced at home as a form of meditation or relaxation. It can also consist of gathering with other like-minded individuals to discuss philosophies or best practices, or it can be as simple as keeping a journal of thoughts, questions, and even seemingly fleeting meanderings of the mind. Through spirituality a person can come to know a Higher Power – a critical part of letting go of old habits, emotions and vices and letting spirituality wash in to replace them.

Being active in the community is also an essential part of recovery from addiction or alcoholism. This can be volunteerism of any kind, but most recovering addicts find it especially rewarding to help others who are suffering from addiction or alcoholism. This can be done by helping with AA, NA or other 12 Step groups, by volunteering at the local detox center, or by counseling someone who is in need. In fact, a surprising number of recovering addicts return to field of addiction after they complete their own treatment because so many feel compelled to give back what was given to them.

Nutrition is extremely important for a lifetime of recovery. When our bodies are in optimal condition we are better able to deal with the stresses and triggers that often cause people to turn to drugs or alcohol as a coping mechanism. Eating healthy foods and maintaining a regular eating schedule is essential for metabolism, energy and waking/sleeping patterns. If any of these are disrupted the resulting stress can push a person to consider using again. Therefore, recovering addicts should select what they eat carefully and be aware that for some people, food can be just as much an addiction as drugs.

Alcoholics Victorious, an organization dedicated to helping people triumph over alcoholism, vigorously states that exercise is a crucial element of a good recovery program. Specifically the group stated that exercise:

*Increases the metabolic rate so that calories are burned more efficiently even when we are at rest.

*Burns fat stores and builds up muscle tissue. Muscle cells are metabolically active and burn calories, whereas fat cells are inert.

*Increases free fatty acids, which better enable the body to process and utilize dietary fats.

*Decreases total serum cholesterol and increased levels of high-density lipoproteins (HDLs), the "good fats" associated with lower risk of heart disease.

*Lowers blood pressure

*Increases the levels of mood-elevating neurochemicals--such as the endorphins, so that we feel better mentally as well as physically.

In order for recovery to be successful, all of these must be included as part of a daily, conscious effort to work on self-improvement. Additionally, a strong support network and family life are essential. If you or someone you care about is struggling with these principals, then reach out for help now, before a dangerous relapse occurs.

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