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Healing Inside Out

Issue 32

Elevating Physical Health with Recovery Coaching

by Denise Black

Recovery is a journey of healing and transformation that can lead to a fulfilling and healthy life despite past challenges of substance use or addiction. While emotional and psychological states of recovery receive great attention, the role of physical health cannot be overlooked.

Some may come into recovery and find themselves with a host of physical ailments that have been unattended for years. Others may find they have no primary care doctor, insurance, or knowledge of where to turn for the help they need. Combined with not feeling well and being in early recovery, this can quickly become overwhelming.

Having a physically healthy lifestyle in recovery can be beneficial in many ways. Research shows that simple changes in diet, exercise, and stress management can lead to a reduction in withdrawal symptoms and cravings, an increase in mood, a decrease in depression, and improved sleep, focus, and concentration.

Many would agree that life in recovery is about much more than maintaining sobriety. It’s also about taking action in areas of life that may have been ignored during substance use. Learning and practicing the art of self care is a process that requires dedication, time, and effort.

Building healthy habits in small ways is important as they eventually become integrated into daily routines. Over time, these healthy habits have a major impact on a person’s overall well-being and health.

Remember, you don’t need to recover alone! Recovery coaching is a free resource for those seeking recovery and their affected family members. Coaches are experts in their communities, knowing available resources, and providing support as an individual navigates their recovery journey.

Coaches honor all pathways to recovery and have lived experiences with substance use disorder, either personally or as an affected other. Recovery coaches act as a bridge to resources, serve as mentors, and offer support, hope, and optimism for daily living. Every person is unique, and so is their wellness pathway!

A recovery coach can be an integral part of your wellness journey. Focusing on the future rather than the past, coaches encourage and promote positivity in the people they work with, and meet people where they are at physically, mentally, and spiritually. Coaches also lead by example in sharing how they have built their own healthy lifestyles.

Having support during your recovery can make the difference between struggling and thriving, and a recovery coach may be helpful in linking you to the resources you need. Please consider this free resource as an option.

Request a free recovery coach here: https://healthyacadia.org/need-help

Healthy Acadia
Healthy Acadiahttps://healthyacadia.org/
Healthy Acadia is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that works on a broad range of community health initiatives that help Hancock and Washington counties thrive. Since 2001, they have worked to identify priority health needs and to address root causes. They convene and facilitate numerous collaborative community efforts with shared leadership from many sectors to develop plans and take action to improve health and well-being and to rapidly respond to critical and emergent health needs in our communities. The scope of Healthy Acadia's work encompasses six areas: Strong Beginnings to support healthy development and resilience from birth to adulthood; Healthy Food for All to ensure that all people have access to nutritious, affordable food, and to make the healthy choice the easy choice; Active and Healthy Environments to ensure that our indoor and outdoor spaces are safe, healthy, and promote physical activity and wellness; Healthy Aging to ensure that all of us can age well — with strength, dignity, comfort, and grace; Substance Prevention and Recovery to support people of all ages to live lives free of substance misuse and substance use disorder, and to support individuals throughout their recovery journey; and Health Promotion and Management to improve community supports across a wide range of health needs, from cancer patient navigation and stress reduction to barrier removal for health challenges and chronic disease and pain self-management.

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