Ways to Find Excitement Without Drugs and Alcohol
Adrenaline is a powerful, natural stimulant – a hormone that causes almost immediate responses in the body. Adrenaline will trigger changes in heart rate, breathing, perspiration, visual focus, saliva production, not to mention its effect on mood. Adrenaline is what triggers our natural fight or flight response when we sense danger, if we’re in an accident or injured, when we’re extremely nervous, and when we’re very angry. In response to some trigger, Adrenaline is released to increase or amplify normal bodily functions, giving us the mental and physical stamina and clarity we need when we need it most.
Some drug users are especially attracted to stimulants, but regardless of your drink or drug of choice, chasing that rush means, over time
Many activities can generate positive, health-promoting aspects of adrenaline while restoring the body to health. If you are feeling anxious, 30 minutes of moderate exercise can ease jitters and reduce anxiety. Thekey here is moderation. Don’t overdo it. Here are some ideas to get you started:
When done consistently, even once or twice per week, practices such as yoga, pilates, tai chi, and chi gong can burn up physical energy while bringing physical and mental restoration.
Mindfulness activities such as meditation, guided meditation, deep or controlled breathing, and self-hypnosis can help the body and mind relax. At the end of these practices, one feels a different kind of rush. There lies the gentler side of adrenaline – leaving you feeling brighter, calmer, and clearer.
Many come to know these activities and tools while participating in an addiction treatment program. If you are new to recovery, or new again, consider these activities as you navigate your physical and emotional needs in early sobriety. To learn more about what to expect in early recovery from substance addiction, call Wasatch. We’re here to help.