In our previous blog we discussed PAWS, post-acute withdrawal syndrome and how being uninformed about what PAWS is and the effects PAWS can have is a potential risk for relapse. As a quick recap, PAWS is a phenomenon of men and women who are recovering from drug and alcohol addiction through an abstinence based lifestyle. Periodically throughout the first up to two years of recovery there can be a resurgence of difficult and uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. Without knowledge of what these symptoms are and what these symptoms are not, it is easy to get swept up in their effects, then resort to drug and alcohol use as a solution. However, there are numerous other solutions available to overcome the symptoms of PAWS and continue living a healthy lifestyle of recovery.
At Tree House Recovery, we empower and equip men with the knowledge of PAWS and many solutions to combat its effects. We use scientifically proven techniques which help men maintain their focus, regulate their emotions, and engage their bodies in ways that overcome severe cravings for drugs and alcohol. Exercise and fitness, for example, are scientifically proven to improve the production of dopamine and increases the circulation of endorphins. Both dopamine and endorphins are ‘feel good’ chemicals which can reverse the effects of PAWS. Moving the body, getting the blood pumping, and focusing on ability rather than “disability” is critical to keeping a sustainable mindset toward recovery.
Our program has a focus on getting men outside to spend time in nature. Numerous studies have been conducted to examine the moods of people before and after spending time in nature or comparing the brain activity of people who have spent time in nature versus people who have spent time in urban developed areas. Time and again research proves that spending time in nature improves mood, reduces stress, and reduces symptoms of depression, anxiety, and cravings.
PAWS has the potential to create inactivity as a man is paralyzed by the symptoms he is experiencing once more. At Tree House we believe in an active recovery. Men have to learn that standing still will never equate to moving forward and that there is no such thing as going backward. Living an active lifestyle of recovery keeps men in motion, focusing their minds on the present while looking forward to the future.
Tree House Recovery is showing men the way to freedom from addiction. By creating sustainable changes, men create a sustainable recovery. Inspired by the outdoors, guided by clinical excellence, and fueled by a determination for growth, our program is changing lives. Call us today for information: (855) 202-2138