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Exercise and Opioid Withdrawals

Some may read the title of this article and ask “what does Exercise and Opioid Withdrawals have to do with each other?” Some may even ask, “why would I exercise if I’m going through withdrawals, I am hurting too bad!” Pain, depression, anxiety…these are 3 of the many symptoms associated with opioid withdrawals and yes, by exercising we can help reduce these symptoms!
Exercise can benefit a person both mentally and physically. An increase in exercise intensity can lead to the release of endorphins. Endorphins are hormones secreted within the brain and nervous system that activate the body’s opiate receptors. When this happens, an analgesic effect occurs, lessening pain. This effect is known as Exercise-Induced Hypoalgesia. It usually begins during the workout and can linger for20-30 minutes after the workout ends.
Exercise can also help ease anxiety and depression. The same endorphins that can help ease pain can also enhance your sense of well-being, and take your mind off your worries to get away from the negative thoughts that feed depression and anxiety.
Our clients are encouraged to do at least a 30-minute exercise regimen three to four times a week as part of their program to help aid with these common withdrawal symptoms.
Woodlake offers a well-equipped gym, a one-mile track, along with other work out stations around the facility that our clients can utilize for their physical and mental health benefits.