The Power of Fitness in Addiction Recovery: A Comprehensive Guide While traditional addiction treatment methods, such as therapy and medication, have proven effective, fitness has emerged as a promising complementary approach in the recovery journey. At ARC, we understand the vital role that physical activity can play in helping individuals overcome addiction. In this comprehensive […]
Anxiety is an emotion, expressed through your body’s reaction to stressful, dangerous or unfamiliar situations.
In normal levels, anxiety is a healthy thing, preparing us for for unknown situations by keeping us alert and aware.
However, those struggling with anxiety disorders experience high levels of anxiety, know it to be overwhelming, even debilitating interfering with their ability to lead a normal functioning life.
Dry January – A ‘how to’ guide. What is Dry January? Simple, its a whole month abstaining from alcohol use (or drugs). For a whole month? Yes. But Gaz, why would I do that? Well, I’m glad you asked. Dry January is an excellent opportunity to re-evaluate your relationship with substances and make some […]
As a young teenager I remember being told once by a doctor that some of the pain and discomfort I was experiencing in my joints was due to growing pains (I did become quite lanky pretty quickly).
The doctor knew that growth rarely happens without discomfort
And it’s the same in recovery.
1st Sober Christmas? So, you’re just a short time into your sobriety, its going well however you knew this was going to happen eventually. The festive season is here! The panic of socialising with people when you don’t drink or use anymore can be paralysing. We try to avoid & isolate. Unfortunately, such avoidance can […]
Today I am writing about my favourite topic. PATIENCE. Patience can be defined as: “The ability to bear pains and trials calmly without complaint.” I’m not writing it because I am a patient person, no, it’s for the exact opposite reason. I am a work in progress too. The desire to have something right now is […]
Another Covid-19-inspired post. So, I am self-isolating at home, sitting on my ass feeling sorry for myself and eating yet another TV-sized bar of chocolate. I have been ordering takeaways, feeling lethargic and unmotivated. The last time I was eating like this was before my recovery and fitness journey, and these similar feelings of […]
Gary Rutherford, from Derry, set up ‘Addiction Recovery Coaching (ARC) Fitness’ following his own previous battles with substance addiction to support people in North West Ireland to recover from drug or alcohol misuse through fitness programmes. Gary struggled with addiction for 15 years before turning his life around, training as a mental health nurse and […]
From the Inside out: Recovery & Nutrition.
Another Covid-19 inspired post.
So, I am self-isolating at home, sitting on my ass feeling sorry for myself and eating yet another TV sized bar of chocolate. I have been ordering takeaways, feeling lethargic and unmotivated.
The last time I was eating like this was before my recovery and fitness journey, and these similar feelings of being sluggish and tired were coming back. It got me thinking about how important good nutrition is to everyone, but is it more important to those battling entering recovery?
Patience: Easier said than done?
Today I am writing about my favourite topic. PATIENCE.
Patience can be defined as; “the ability to bear pains and trails calmly without complaint.”
I’m not writing it because I am a patient person, no, it’s for the exact opposite reason. I am a work in progress too. The desire to have something right now is easy in today’s environment, food, movies, amazon prime. We hate to wait. I hate to wait.
Now imagine what that feels like for someone coming to terms with recovery. When I mention the word ‘patience’ to anyone I know struggling in early recovery I am almost feel the imaginary ‘punch in the face’ they have just given me.