Dr. Elizabeth Waterman, a therapist at Morningside Recovery Center often notes that exercise and sports activities can provide teen stress reduction benefits. Stress reduction is crucial for today’s teens. Such activities thrive at Morningside Recovery. They help young people who are in recovery learn new ways to “de-stress” instead of abusing substances as teenagers.
Endorphins and Teen Stress Reduction
Many teens seek the euphoric results of taking mind-altering substances. They use drugs or alcohol to escape some instance of their lives that doesn’t agree with them. Exercise and sports activities like weight lifting or evening soccer leagues produce those same endorphins in the brain. The brain doesn’t distinguish where the feel-good hormones are coming from just that it makes them feel better.
Some teens are hyperactive, jittery or uncomfortable in social situations. Any type of physical activity such as walking, swimming, shooting hoops can release that tension buildup. The muscle tension is relieved by action and pent-up tension energy is released–a great way to experience teen stress reduction.
What better way to reject the triggers or cravings that come with an opioid withdrawal than a physical diversion? Participating in adventure therapy, like the one at Morningside Recovery diverts attention away from drug or alcohol use. It works to put concentration on the new philopophy–that of health and physical fitness.
The good habits of exercise and sports that teens discover at Morningside Recovery will last a lifetime. No more will teen stress reduction mean drug or alcohol use. Instead, the activities used in rehab can translate to a different type of living where good nutrition, love of the outdoors and exercise take the place of drug or alcohol addiction.
Teen Stress Reduction at Morningside Recovery
There’s no doubt that teen life these days becomes more and more stressful. If your teenager has fallen prey to using drugs or alcohol to releave stress and become addicted, we can help. At Morningside Recovery we look at the whole person and help them change addictive behaviors and habits. Teen stress reduction here is actually fun as well as benefiical to sobriety. Call us at 855-631-2135 and we’ll get started.