A person’s overall health and physical and emotional well-being plays an important part in abstinence from substance use as well as in the long-term recovery of substance dependency. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, which includes a healthy diet, an exercise regimen, and an overall focus on wellness, elevates a person’s self-esteem, boosts feelings of physical and mental well-being, and engages people in taking responsibility not only for their own health, but for their life, happiness, and their future.
SAMHSA defines wellness not as the absence of disease, illness, or stress but the presence of purpose in life, active involvement in satisfying work and play, joyful relationships, a healthy body and living environment, and happiness.
According to SAMHSA, making the Eight Dimensions of Wellness a part of your daily life can help improve mental and physical health for people with mental and/or substance use disorders.
The Eight Dimensions of Wellness include:
Find out more about SAMHSA’s Eight Dimensions of Wellness on their website: https://www.samhsa.gov/wellness-initiative/eight-dimensions-wellness