by Glynis Sherwood MEd 

Your Recovery journey continues with Step 7 of 11 basic but powerful strategies for achieving addiction recovery.  Look for a Recovery Step and Strategy every day through September 18th. Use these steps and strategies to help guide you to a solid recovery.  

Step 7 – Take care of your health.  Addictive behaviours, especially substance abuse, deplete your body of vital energy, as well as compromise your physical and psychological well being.  You may be suffering from malnutrition and exhaustion.  Focus on the basics, i.e. getting enough rest, eating a healthy diet – avoiding stimulants like sugar and caffeine – and exercising.  If in doubt, get a physical exam by a naturopath or physician.  Nutritional supplements may be especially important during the first months.  Extra Vitamin D is essential during northern winters, and don’t neglect those B vitamins either!

Recovery Strategy:  Basic nutrition is simple.  It revolves around a balance of vegetables, fruits, proteins, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats. Research also shows that regular physical exercise is one the most effective antidotes to depression and anxiety.  As one of my clients humorously put it, “It gets the endolphins going”!

Stay Tuned Tomorrow For Step 8 !

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Glynis Sherwood – MEd, CAC, CCC, RCC, is a Certified Addictions Counsellor working online and based in Halifax Canada