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Sweating to Sobriety

Updated 04 December 2015 Written by Clint Mally
We all know that we feel better when we are exercising regularly. Whether you like working out intensely or are more of a gentle stroll-type exerciser, we intuitively know that we are our best selves when incorporating some kind of physical activity into our routine. So, it should not be surprising that research is also showing promising links between physical activity and recovery from substance abuse and addiction. Scientists are discovering that exercise benefits the brain, activating the reward pathways, and prompting the release of feel-good chemicals. Further, physical activity has been shown to boost the nervous system’s ability to handle stress. This is especially important in recovery, given the connection between stress and substance abuse.

Many physical activities also have the added benefit of creating community and connection – whether it is playing on a soccer team or being part of a close CrossFit community, or even going for a walk with a friend, we get an added benefit when we work out with others.

Because working out with others is both a common sense and evidence-based component of recovery, Sandstone Care is so excited to be partnering with Phoenix Multisport, a sober active community with locations across the country, including Denver, Boulder, and Colorado Springs. They offer a wide variety of classes such as boxing, CrossFit, yoga, rock climbing, and weight lifting, as well as multi-day excursions like ski and bike trips. They also support members in connecting through non-athletic social events. Sandstone has partnered with Phoenix to create a Friday evening program just for our clients, where clients can not only work out but connect with knowledgeable staff who are willing to share their own journeys of recovery. Clients also become members of the community and can join in other events as they wish.

The Sandstone Care model of sustainable recovery involves community, connection, integrity, and life skills, and Phoenix Multisport helps clients develop all these qualities.

You can learn more about this fantastic organization at http://www.phoenixmultisport.org

About Sandstone Care

Sandstone Care is a Denver, Colorado-based treatment program for young adults and adolescents struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. Sandstone Care offers a full continuum of outpatient care including Extended Care, Day Treatment, Intensive Outpatient, and General Outpatient Programs for young adults (ages 18-30) and adolescents (ages 13-18). Sandstone Care believes that successful outcomes are achieved through a systemic, evidence-based approach that addresses the entire individual as well as their environment – this means providing academic & vocational support to help individuals achieve their goals and discover their strengths, family participation to educate and support the entire family system, psychiatric and dietitian evaluations and support to promote a healthy mind and body, as well as community-based activities along with the more traditional evidence-based group and individual therapy. If you or a loved one needs additional support, call our confidential line, at (888) 850-1890 or fill out the form on our website, and our admissions team will be able to answer any questions as well as guide you and your loved ones toward the path of long-lasting recovery. For more information, visit sandstonecare.com.