For many, the only way to achieve a pleasurable feeling is to engage in drug or alcohol abuse. These people seek to get high by using unhealthy substances that lead to addiction. However for many individuals, there are activities that can garner the same feelings that drug and alcohol produce, and they are much, much safer. Since the beginning of human history, people have been looking for ways to get high. Altering your conscious to achieve a feeling of warmth and goodness is something everyone strives for. For those struggling with addiction, it can be difficult to remember that there are things out there that do not involve drugs or alcohol that can get you high.
For those in recovery, it can be difficult to remember what life was like before they fell into their addictive patterns. They may have a hard time remembering what activities gave them pleasure or a sense of purpose. There are a wide range of natural highs that can help people in recovery reconnect with the person they were before they developed addictions to drugs or alcohol. These activities can help someone who is at a treatment center enjoy life again, and realize that there are plenty of ways, other than alcohol or drugs, to feel good.
One of the most popular ways to achieve a natural high is by doing high-intensity workouts. Studies have proven that “runner’s high”, which requires 50 minutes of hard running, will provide individuals with a fleeting sense or euphoria and calmness. Intensity is the magic ingredient required to obtain this high, as light exercise will not produce the same effects. Exercising has many incredible health benefits, and many people in recovery find working out regularly to be a great form of therapy.
Another way for people to achieve a natural high is to participate in extreme sports of activities. Adrenaline has long been considered one of the most natural highs a person can experience. Skydiving, bungee-jumping, parasailing and other similar activities release dopamine in the brain that causes individuals to feel like they are high. These activities can also be a great way of symbolizing a change in lifestyle or transition.
For people in recovery, it can be difficult to imagine life without the euphoric feelings that drugs and alcohol gave them. It is important during counseling that these individuals are reminded that there are a massive array of different, safe, activities that can produce very similar feelings that they had when they were high on drugs or alcohol. Before a person begins to undergo therapy, however, it is important that they undergo a substance abuse detox program.