Addiction wreaks havoc on your body as well as on every other aspect of your life, but your body wants to stay in a state of balance and heal, even during the process of drug recovery. To thrive in recovery, learn about the body’s natural healing process, learn how the body heals, how addiction can disrupt your body and ways you can help your body maximize its healing during recovery.
The Body’s Natural Healing Process
Your body is a remarkable machine that has a great capability to heal. In the post, LIFE’S ENGINEERING, Dr. Herbert M. Shelton, gives several examples of the healing powers of the body. Consider for instance a cut: when the skin is broken or cut, your body automatically sends blood to the area to form an airtight scab that protects the wound. Underneath the scab, you body sends blood to the injured part in large quantities. In addition, the tissues, nerve and muscle cells on each side of the wound start multiplying rapidly to bridge the gap between the severed edges of the wound. This process reunites skin. The most amazing part of this process is that the cells of one type join with the same type cells on the other side of the wound, which reestablishes the channels of circulation. In addition, the muscles and other tissues repair in the same way. After the wound heals, the body no longer needs the protection of the scab, which then falls off.
The post further explains how the body systems work together to heal broken bones, bruises, abscess, blisters, callous, tumors and more. The point is that the human body is a wonderful mechanism in which all organs perform their allotted work. The body can address emergencies, because it has almost limitless powers to repair. We are all very fortunate to have these bodies, and recovering addicts have tremendous recuperative support from theirs.
How Stressors Impact the Body
Dr. Lissa Rankin, the author of the post Mind Over Medicine: How to Help Your Body Heal Itself, strongly suggests that people assume more responsibility for their health; they can start by understanding what keeps the body healthy and balanced. As a doctor, she learned that the body can heal itself. Our bodies have natural mechanisms that kill the cancer cells, and daily the body fights infectious agents, repairs broken proteins, keeps coronary arteries open and naturally fights the aging process. Between the mechanical aspects of the body and the balancing act that the autonomic nervous system performs, our bodies want to stay in a state of equilibrium. Unfortunately, the body’s natural self-repair mechanisms only fully function when the nervous system is in relaxation response. This response means that stressors such as drug or alcohol abuse throw the body out of balance, which in turn impacts the body’s self-healing capabilities.
Therefore, Dr. Rankin strongly suggests that people start thinking about a new type of medicine to help the body function as intended. Some of these curative measures include feelings that you are being loved just as you are, helping those in need, expressing your creative genius, being positive and laughing out loud. You can strengthen your self by receiving the unconditional love of animals (owning a pet), speaking your truth, knowing you belong, communing with nature, nourishing the body with good food and tapping into your higher power.
Help Your Body Maximize its Healing Powers
In the post, How to Nurse Your Battered Body Back to Health, the author, a recovering addict and alcoholic, speaks about how you can regain your health after addiction. A nutritionist advised her to replenish vitamins and minerals with fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains. This nutritionist also stated that protein is crucial and should come from lean sources like fish, chicken, turkey, eggs and low-fat dairy products. Exercise is also vital when it comes to reviving serotonin levels that were depleted during drug use. In addition, drug and alcohol abuse create free radicals in the body; therefore, fresh fruits and vegetables, crammed with antioxidants, will help.
In addition to these basic principles of good health, we need to understand what addiction has done to our body’s natural vitamin, mineral and supplement levels. It would make sense to get testing done on these aspects of your body’s chemistry, because you can provide the necessary support that your body needs to return to a proper level. When you enhance your health physically, mentally and emotionally, then you give your body the platform upon which it can best perform.
Learn How to Help Your Body Heal During Recovery
We are beginning to understand the broad destruction that drug and alcohol abuse can have on our bodies. However, the extent of that abuse is even greater than we may fully realize now. Therefore, it is important that we learn as much as we can about how our body’s natural healing process works and what we can do to maximize those benefits. Therefore, please call our toll-free helpline now; our admissions coordinators are available 24 hours a day to answer any question you have about getting and staying well.