Concept Gym Aims to Replace Bad Habits with Healthy Ones

Last Updated: Sep 20th 2019

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

After a person makes the decision to enter a Broward County drug rehab, treatment often involves attempts to reverse or change some habitual factors that come with substance use disorders. Often, various things will trigger a craving or there will be an ‘emptiness’ to a person’s day to day life where there used to be an event that no longer happens. Called behavioral therapy and offered at many south Florida rehab centers, many different approaches are taken to ‘unlearn’ both the triggers and undo the habitual actions that often perpetuate drug use after leaving a rehab.

Many people who have gone through treatment will attest to the difficulty of relapse prevention and how difficult it can be, depending on the preferred drug they’ve gotten treatment for. The saying ‘old habits die hard’ will be backed up by anyone who as gone through the process. Interestingly, one gym in Phoenix, Arizona, knows the challenges of this post-treatment, post-addiction life that people face after getting help for their substance use disorder and has created a special free membership plan for recovering addicts.

The rules stipulate that anyone using the membership must have at least 48 hours of sobriety for any visit and is also required to be verified by the person’s treatment facility, but considering the entire membership, which can cost upwards of hundreds of dollars for the average person, is free and offers a great encouragement to the community in Phoenix to support recovery, it’s a great deal.  After the treatment period, the gym offers a heavily discounted membership to further encourage people coming out of rehab to maintain the healthy habits.

Exercise as part of treatment is often an option in behavioral therapy for south Florida drug rehab. Often times, a person who suffers from substance use disorder will have deteriorating health. Either they’re physically decaying from side effects of the drugs they use, or they’ve simply neglected things like eating, which happens a lot with drugs like methamphetamines. Physical therapy can sometimes be necessary for these extreme cases, but as a behavioral therapy, taking up physical activity can help with the habitual aspect of drug use once withdrawal and detox have passed. Some people end up entirely replacing their addiction with things like a ‘runners high’, a common phrase used by many people who exercise daily, usually jogging. Other people who prefer lifting weights will often say they get agitated when they have to miss a day at the gym.

Whether it’s yoga, tai chi, kung-fu, running, cross training, ballet or any other number of physical activities, they can be beneficial for a recovering addict’s health in more ways than one and hopefully more gyms across the country will extend their support the way the gym in Phoenix has.

If you or anyone know is suffering from substance use disorder, call First Step Behavioral Health at (866) 971-5531 today.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Brittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is the Assistant Clinical Director at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.