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Monday, January 18, 2016

Try Fasting to Cleanse the Body, Focus the Mind

fasting in addiction recoveryFasting is an ancient practice that can be viewed as a reset button for your life. Its purpose is to cleanse the body, refresh the mind, and give you renewed motivation. In other words, fasting is a way to “start over” on what you eat and what you think.

If you are in recovery and starting to feel the pressures of day-to-day living, consider going to a fasting retreat. A medically supervised water fast could be the “time out” you need to renew your commitment to sobriety.

Benefits of Fasting
Fasting has historically been used as a purification ritual and a way to focus spiritually. Today in the U.S., fasting is seen as a way to lose weight, reverse certain medical problems, detoxify, and effectively make lifestyle changes.

Fasting can:

• Stop physical cravings
• Eliminate toxins
• Normalize the senses
• Restore taste for healthy foods
• Sharpen the mind
• Improve enthusiasm

Many of these benefits are also important for successful rehab from alcohol or drug abuse and, therefore, also aid in maintaining recovery. Fasting retreats usually include educational sessions on healthy eating and lifestyle changes, and incorporate holistic therapies that may also aid in recovery. There are times throughout recovery when your body needs healthy nourishment and should not be deprived of food, so it is important to work with an addiction professional or physician to ensure that you are fasting safely.

Mental Health Benefits of Fasting 
The improved focus and sharpened senses achieved through fasting can help you reconnect with your recovery goals. Time spent in meditation improves your self-awareness and brings clarity and resolution to aspects of your life that threatened to interrupt your treatment.

When your fast is over, you should be better equipped to resume your life with a focus on healthy goals and habits.

Coast to Coast Recovery Is With You for the Long Haul 
When you turn to Coast to Coast Recovery for addiction treatment referral, you have found a partner for life. We know that your best chance for a successful rehab and recovery depends on finding the right treatment and aftercare.

Our referral network includes long-term care facilities, sober living communities, outpatient support systems, and other after-treatment options to help you achieve and maintain recovery. Call 800-210-8229 to begin the treatment matching process today!

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