American society is constantly coming out with the next big fix, whether it is for weight loss or skin tightening. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a secret weapon to recovery as well? The good news is exercise is not a fad and can be completed for free. It promotes better physical and mental health, as well as helps us to find new social circles and hobbies. Thankfully, it can help us take back a lot of the things that active addiction has stolen from us. It may even aid in improved situations prior to addiction!

What Can Exercise Do For Me?

Addiction steals everything from an addict or an alcoholic. The drug or alcohol becomes the primary focus, while social, familial, educational, recreational, and occupational realms fall to the wayside. Exercise tends to be one of the areas that become neglected by those in active addiction. Thus, physical and emotional health can decline during active addiction. The good news is regular exercise can even aid in reducing your chance of being diagnosed with a substance use disorder in the future. It also has been found to decrease the risk of ever using illicit drugs. This is not only the case for human beings but also for laboratory animals.

Exercise: The Secret Weapon to RecoveryWhat does working out do for our brains? Exercise increases our neurotransmitters. Working out helps the brain release 5-HT, which has been found to directly relate to decreased central fatigue. Associated monoamines decrease feelings of us being tired, and increase sleep health and motivational drive. Exercise increases an individual’s metabolism, and encourages emission of neurotrophic features, vasculotropic influences, and inflammatory mediators. Dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin are also increased during training.

As with anything, it is important to pace ourselves. No matter how positive our behaviors may be, anything can turn into an addiction if we do not regulate associated habits and actions. It is important to have more than one coping skill as well. Unfortunately, working out can lead to injuries, especially if it is overdone. Training too much can cause increased feelings of fatigue.

Where to Turn as an Addition to Utilizing Exercise as a Sober Coping Skill

Alternative substance abuse rehabs such as Discovery Place are great resources to help get you on your feet in a sober manner. Just off of Spencer Road in Burns, Tennessee, Discovery Place keeps its doors open to anyone requiring our assistance. We do not discriminate and allow anyone to take part in our programs as long as they are wanting to achieve sobriety from alcohol, cannabis, opiates, or illicit drugs. To help with this, our non-profit center provides very affordable programs along with scholarship opportunities. That’s not all: we do not stop helping you continue with your recovery after you leave Discovery Place. If you find yourself struggling after taking part in one of our programs, we offer a week-long free stay with us to help you get back on your feet. Call us today at 1-800-725-0922.


  • Discovery Place was the answer for my son. He did the 90 day and then the step down program and sober living. We give this organization 10 stars. They met my son where he was …emotionally, mentally, physically. They helped him put his life back on track. Discovery Place employees care about their guests. If your son, brother, nephew, grandson or husband needs excellent supportive care THIS is indeed the facility.

    Kim Morton
    Alumni Parent
  • I have remained sober and it is because of DP. DP is the best place there is, hands down. I keep everyone there in my prayers, and I encourage everyone there to take what they are practicing and do it in their lives, after.

    Roy Mantelli
  • Over the past year, I’ve been putting into actin what Discovery Place taught me, and I have experienced a complete perspective change of the world, and the people in it. I get to be a man of service and love today, and for that I am grateful to Discovery Place.

    Matt Kassay
  • Discovery Place means the world to me. They showed me the tools that I’ve tried to use everyday in my life to think less often of myself, and more frequently of others. I am learning to lend a hand when I am able and to have a honest and humble relationship with God and the people around me. Not only am I clean and sober, but also I am happy and fulfilled.

    Tommy Parker
  • Discovery Place and the men who work there made recovery attractive, and more importantly, fun. There is strength in the struggle. I am forever grateful for my time at Discovery Place.

    Creed McClellan
  • When I got to Discovery Place my whole life was in shambles, but I didn’t know it. I spent 6 months in their programs, participating in all three phases, and was met with kindness and love all along the way. It is unbelievable to me, where I am now relative to where I was when I arrived at DP.

    Lance Duke
  • I can never say enough good things about Discovery Place and the people who work there. Before checking in to DP, I was out of options and out of answers. Fortunately, Discovery Place has a solution. Taking suggestions from the staff at DP saved my life, and as a result, I’m now more content and hopeful about life. I’m grateful for Discovery Place showing me how to live a healthy life so that I can become a better man and help the next guy.”

    Tyler Buckingham

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