by John Newport, Ph.D.
I like to define wellness as a dynamic process of taking charge of our health and striving to attain optimal health and well-being at all levels of our lives. I firmly believe that a wellness lifestyle goes hand in hand with recovery from addiction, and would like to highlight 3 keys for integrating wellness into our recovery.
Nutritional Foundations: Adopting a nutritious diet is a cornerstone of any sound addiction recovery program. Don’t skip meals – especially breakfast – and avoid nutritional stressors, including excessive amounts of sugar, caffeine and highly processed foods.
Fitness and Recovery: Engaging in a regular exercise program helps safeguard against relapse and yields many other benefits. Among other things, exercise energizes us, raises our self esteem, and helps us let go of accumulated stresses, while dramatically improving our overall well-being.
Central Purpose: We all need to focus on pursuing our unique purpose for being on this planet. When we feel good about what we’re doing, we are highly motivated to take care of ourselves and give recovery top priority.
For more information on wellness and recovery please visit www.wellnessandrecovery.com.
Dr. John Newport is author of The Wellness-Recovery Connection: Charting Your Pathway to Optimal Health While Recovering from Alcoholism and Drug Addiction, and is developing a series of Wellness and Recovery Workbooks in collaboration with the Gorski/CENAPS® Corporation. For further information visit www.relapse.org.