How Hiking Can Help You Overcome Addiction

As a Steps Recovery Center, we often can’t help but talk about steps that can be taken to addiction recovery. One of those steps, is to find an active hobby, such as hiking. Hiking can help you overcome addiction. Here’s how:

  1. It will help distract you.

Abusive substances are on your mind. You can’t seem to think about anything else. Hiking will help distract you from those obnoxious pulls toward drugs and alcohol. You can focus on walking, taking breaks, drinking water, and enjoying the scenery.

  1. Getting out into nature is good for you.

Too much time indoors adds on unneeded stress. Getting outdoors will help you feel relaxed.

  1. It can help you become stronger, and more able to get through withdrawals.

Why be weak when we can become strong? Hiking is a beautiful activity to get your energy levels up and your body moving. Perhaps that strength and muscle from hiking will help you get through withdrawals.

  1. A little exposure to the sun is good for your body.

The doctor may not officially prescribe it, but getting some Vitamin D from the sun may actually help prevent you from getting certain diseases. Plus, getting Vitamin D naturally from the sun is much more pleasant than taking a pill.

  1. You can make new friends.

There are apps and websites where you can meet up with fellow nearby hikers. You may also find that you become closer to your current friends by hiking together. Just make sure that you trust whoever you go with, and that you try to never go alone.

  1. Nature helps us remember what it’s like to actually breathe.

We don’t know about you, but going into the mountains, or a meadow, and breathing in that clean, refreshing air is a special feeling to us.

  1. Getting out there in the beautiful wonders of this world does something that makes us naturally happy.

This one is self-explanatory. Nature = happiness, at least for most people.

So go on, get out there, take some trail mix, and go hiking. If you need help overcoming addiction, come to a Steps Recovery Center.

Talking to Children about Drug Abuse

From a young age, children’s eyes are open. They are aware of much—the good and the bad. Sadly, they begin to see lying, hurtful behavior, fighting, yelling, and more. We do not live in a perfect world, and neither do our children.

Whether or not our own family members or friends are struggling with addiction, it is important that we talk to and educate our children on addiction and drug abuse. They will see it eventually, and as parents, role models, guardians, etc., it is our job to make sure that they are aware of the dangers.

Here are some simple guidelines to follow when talking to your children about drug abuse:

Start early.

We all love and hate the stage when children start to ask a lot of questions. “What is that? Why is it called that? What does it do?” Some children may start to ask these questions over and over as they realize how much the world has to offer. It depends on the maturity of your child, and what they are exposed to, but it is never too early. You simply have to adjust how much you tell your child. You could simply tell your 10-year-old, that sometimes people do things that they are not supposed to. You could use cigarettes as an example, and explain to your child that they hurt your body, yet many people still use it. Tell your child that if they are offered something that they are not familiar with, they should politely decline it and then talk to you about it after. Your child needs to understand the boundary between safe and unknown. Make it clear.

Listen.

As adults, it’s easy to feel like you completely understand the world, especially in comparison to a young child who is just starting to learn. Nonetheless, it takes listening to understand a person, no matter how much knowledge or understanding you may have already. Listen to your children so that you can know what is going on in their life. If you don’t listen, they may stop talking.

Make rules.

When children become teenagers, they understand that certain things must not be done. There are rules and consequences. Talk to your child to make sure they understand your house rules. Set limits and consequences.

Be affirmative, yet warm.

Don’t let your child doubt your love. Inform your child that you set rules because you care and want them to be safe. Let your rules be a firm discussion, something that becomes a bonding point, not something to fight over. You want your rules to be something you both agree on, so that you can proudly watch as your child follows them. If rules are broken, continue to be supportive and loving as you enforce the consequences.

Be open.

Remember that it is a young child’s questions that start discussion. You need to allow the child to grow up, continually asking questions and trusting you. You want that trust, but really, you need that trust to be there when they may be more consistently exposed to drugs.

Be individual.

Lastly, do not forget to parent individually. If you have multiple children, each child may require a different approach to addiction education. Be aware of the differences, and ready to make a game plan so that you and your child/children will be ready to say no to drug abuse.

If your child asks about recovering from drug addiction, take a look at our website. You can learn how we help people recover from addiction and alcohol abuse.

Choose Rehab Over Prison

With any form of addiction, there comes a time when you may be close to entering prison. You may be breaking laws and pushing boundaries you normally wouldn’t. Addiction has changed who you are as a citizen, a citizen of your town and your country. More importantly, it has changed you from a good person, to someone who struggles to see the good.

You can be inherently good, but if you are not careful, changes caused by addiction can lead to trouble and lead you on the path to prison.

You can find yourself incarcerated, perhaps without the help you need.

Many people who spend time in any sort of detention facility begin a cycle of reabuse. After time in prison, you may find yourself addicted again once you get out. It is a terrible cycle.

This is why you need to choose rehab over prison. You need to take the steps needed to recover right now, rather than ending up in a jail cell where the help you need is so much farther away.

If you procrastinate, you will cross more lines. No one wants to be in prison, but it will be especially be detrimental to those facing addictions.

You can choose to break your chains.

Addiction is a prison. You are trapped by your attachments to drugs and/or alcohol.

Don’t be. Go to rehab and find your freedom.

Rehab may seem like a prison of it’s own, but it’s not. It’s a place that can give you freedom from addiction. Rehab can help you break chains that wouldn’t be able to break on your own.

You may be under an illusion of happiness.

Heather King was under an illusion. She has written memoirs, blogs, and essays, but also said something very powerful about alcoholism. She said, “I once heard a sober alcoholic say that drinking never made him happy, but it made him feel like he was going to be happy in about fifteen minutes. That was exactly it, and I couldn’t understand why the happiness never came, couldn’t see the flaw in my thinking, couldn’t see that alcohol kept me trapped in a world of illusion, procrastination, paralysis. I lived always in the future, never in the present. Next time, next time! Next time I drank it would be different, next time it would make me feel good again. And all my efforts were doomed, because already drinking hadn’t made me feel good in years.”

 

Live today. Choose now. Escape your trap.

Choose rehab over prison. Visit one of our drug rehabs in Utah to begin your journey to a healthy and free life. You can call our friendly staff any time at 801-465-5111.

Why Should You Go to Rehab?

Rehabilitation Centers are not meant to be fun—they are meant to change you for the better. That doesn’t mean there won’t be fun activities or good friendships, but rehab is meant to get you back on track, away from drugs and/or alcohol.

Go to rehab to save yourself.

To recover, to get back to a normal life, to save yourself, you need rehabilitation. Addiction can debilitate and ruin you. If your tolerance increases and you continue to increase the dose, you can overdose. Rehab can save you.

We know how to heal you.

If you have an addiction that you have tried to stop, but can’t, you need to go to rehab. Rehabilitation centers know how to heal you. They know how to detoxify your body and help you get through the withdrawals. If you try that alone, you may find that it feels nearly impossible. With the right prescription medicine and treatment, the load can feel a little lighter.

We understand your pain.

Recovery centers often have staff that are recovered addicts. That is true for Steps Recovery Centers as well. We have been there and know how hard it is to recover, but that means we are also here to get you through it.

You will have a support group.

In rehab, you will find that you are surrounded by people who are going through the same thing. Group therapy and activities will help you to bond with this group as you recover together.

Your relationships depend on it.

When you are struggling with addiction, chances are your relationships are struggling as well. It is hard to truly be human when your body is so dependent on a substance. Making the commitment to go to a recovery center will show your loved ones that you are sincerely trying. It will show them that you do want to be clean.

You need it.

It may be expensive, but rehab will be worth the cost in the end. Your life is priceless. Moreover, if you fully recover, you can maintain a stable job, something you may not be able to do while struggling with addiction. Employers, friends, and family need you to recover. You need you to recover.

To learn more about our addiction recovery program, go to StepsRC.com.