Nutrition & Fitness

At Unity Behavioral Health, our treatment plans don’t just cover substance abuse and mental health; they cover things like nutrition therapy and fitness therapy as well. Nutrition and fitness play huge roles in recovering from an addiction, including regenerating damaged cells, releasing endorphins that help reduce stress and creating new, healthier habits to replace those developed during addiction.

Improve Your Health with Fitness & Nutrition Therapy

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The physical side of rehabilitation includes a fitness education program, customized workout routines and nutrition therapy plans as well regular evaluations of all patients’ progress. Drug and alcohol abuse often indirectly results in a lifestyle of nonexistent physical standards and sedentary behaviors. These actions tend to fuel addiction, leading to a vicious cycle of increased dependence and poor health.

A healthier lifestyle won’t cure your addiction but it will foster good habits making it easier to maintain your recovery over the long term. A fitness routine that is challenging can be fun and will encourage a productive and disciplined lifestyle, contrary to a life of substance abuse. Exercise is also effective at managing anxiety, a known trigger for relapse. Through exercise and nutrition therapy, Unity Behavioral Health can prepare you to get back to a life of good physical and mental health.

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Diet and exercise are closely tied to every aspect of health. Unity Behavioral Health's dedicated nutritionists and personal trainers can help you make a smoother transition into your new life without substance abuse.

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Holistic Programs at Unity

Aside from our traditional approach to recovering physical health following substance abuse, we also employ an individualized holistic program that provides what we call a “whole body treatment.” Our program aims to empower our patients with lasting, positive changes to their physical, mental, and spiritual health through nutrition therapy and other approaches.

Acupuncture

An ancient art that is rapidly gaining popularity in the field of addiction treatment. Acupuncture is extremely effective at minimizing the symptoms of chemical withdrawal. Acupuncture works by acting on the amounts of varying chemicals within the body, eliminating some and increasing the concentration of others. As different nerves are stimulated in novel ways, pain and stress relieving endorphins are released

Massage

Closely related to acupuncture, massage also works by applying pressure to specific points on the body. Great for detoxification, massage helps release mood-altering chemicals in your body and is helps improve a patient’s physical and mental state. Dopamine, the chemical most associated with feeling good is in short supply as patients go through withdrawal. Getting a massage releases large amounts of dopamine, facilitating recovery.

Yoga

Proven to have a profound effect on physical and mental stability, yoga also helps improve patients’ ability to manage their pain, which can be a huge plus during withdrawal and throughout the recovery process. By building confidence and self-discipline, yoga helps put users back in control of their lives.

Fitness

The benefits of regular exercise are practically limitless. Coordinated with a balanced diet and holistic physical therapies, patients’ bodies become more receptive to treatment, accelerating their recovery. Additionally, patients who exercise regularly will sleep better, resulting in a wide range effect of further benefits.

Meditation

An hour of meditation everyday can do wonders for your ability to manage pain. Research has shown that those who practice meditation experience 40 percent less pain overall compared to only a reduction of 25 percent among those who take morphine. Additionally, meditation is known to help rewrite long-established behaviors buried deep in the psyches of our patients making it a vital tool in developing impulse control and a sense of proportion. It works by creating an inner calm, keeping stress in check when it might otherwise lead to relapse.

At Unity Behavioral Health, we view all aspects of an individual’s health as related. In your body, if one part of you isn’t working well, it forces other parts to work harder to compensate, potentially causing problems in other areas of your body. Healthy habits such as diet and exercise gained through fitness and nutrition therapy help to unwind negative patterns of behavior acquired during substance abuse, eventually leading to a well-adjusted, healthy life.