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Steps Recovery Center recognizes how vital the mind, body, and spirit are in their connection to the whole person. We take a holistic approach to treating addiction that includes treating the whole person, and find that it tends to be more successful, especially since addiction affects every aspect of a person’s life. With a customized and individualized program, a holistic approach just makes sense. It affords an opportunity to meet the patient’s physical and psychological needs and allows them to engage physically, emotionally, and mentally.

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What is an Exercise Therapist?

An exercise therapy program is led by exercise therapists who focus their attention on helping their clients regain normal physical functioning after they go through drug or alcohol detox. Recovering addicts need to get physically fit, so an exercise therapy program is usually included in an addiction program.

Unlike traditional therapists that work on psychological components of stress, exercise therapists focus on the physical experience. As such, you will typically find these therapists working in clinics, hospitals, physical therapists’ offices, etc., as part of a larger team of specialists. They may even work with a physical therapist for someone who has been in a car accident and needs to learn to walk with crutches or relearn how to walk if their injuries were severe enough.

An exercise therapist’s primary goal is to assist patients in having increased independence, improved sensory function, enhanced mobility, and reduced pain, leading to overall enhanced quality of life. This is achieved by an exercise program that implements rigorous, repetitive physical activities. At the same time, the therapist monitors their progress and adapts the program of recovery as needed to produce ideal results.

What is Exercise Therapy?

Exercise therapy employs a specific, intensive program of physical activities that help restore musculoskeletal functioning or reduce pain from an injury or disease processes; this includes multiple sclerosis or traumatic brain injury. Exercise therapy is based on principles having to do with exercise science and neuroplasticity, meaning the brain can change and create new pathways. This form of exercise seeks to restore functionality both above and below the injury site through neuro re-education and therapeutic movement.

What this means for someone in drug or alcohol addiction recovery is highly tied to the effects of the addiction upon someone physically. If a drug has caused effects that have damaged a person’s body, exercise therapy can help restore its function. Following an injury or damage to the neural pathway, the functionality of bodily systems is decreased. Nevertheless, the brain has the potential to reorganize itself and create new neural pathways to compensate for and adapt to any loss of function. This happens through repetitive and rigorous stimulation to the brain, which can be intense and highly-individualized to the person.

What Does An Exercise Therapist Do?

Exercise physiology or therapy as the study, assessment, and improvement of the human condition, including biochemical movement, is defined by the American Society of Exercise Physiologists. (ASEP) To be an exercise therapist, you have more training than a personal trainer.

The therapist develops a program that enables a person to regain their function and implements it into their recovery program. What that looks like is different for each person and can be daily or several times a week. If the injury or trauma happened due to abuse, trauma work would also be included in the therapy program for optimal results. Exercise therapists can customize the therapy to work for different physiological systems and various mental states associated with it, such as anxiety and depression.

An exercise therapist can do much to help someone going through addiction recovery, such as:
  • Relieve stress
  • Sleep better
  • Combat depression
  • Improve a sense of well-being
  • Get physically fit
  • Become healthier
Exercise releases endorphins and makes you feel good about yourself and your future. A recovery treatment center that combines physical activity with mental and emotional therapy offers the best chances of reaching the goal of healing and recovery.
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Joy Downen

10 weeks ago

This place is so wonderful and all of the staff care so very much! They are very professional and they know what they are doing. Absolutely amazing facility and staff!!!
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Nathan Frame

28 weeks ago

Steps Recovery is the place you go if you want a caring and understanding program. They have helped me gain knowledge about myself and what I want/need to do. The staff there can relate and help you through core issues and they push you to do better because being in this program you know you can do big and amazing things. Also the therapists there are awesome and walk with you through struggles of life and give you the tools you truly need. Overall this place is an amazing opportunity and you’d be missing out on a lot if you chose to not at least try this program.
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Shaylesa Stulce

46 weeks ago

Steps Recovery in St. George has been amazing! I’m so excited to use the tools that I’ve learned here! The staff is amazing, and very understanding! I would recommend them to anyone struggling with addiction!
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Adam Kelly

47 weeks ago

What I liked most about my time at Steps is the atmosphere that was presented during my whole stay. I have done a lot of treatment centers and this one is by far the one I have felt I gained the most from. I would highly recommend Steps to anybody struggling with addiction!
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Gary Hanson

47 weeks ago

Steps saved our daughter’s life as well as her kids!
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Natalie Painter

Jan 1, 2019

The staff and facility is amazing- Couldn’t ask for anything better. The program is well rounded with rec activities, equine therapy, gender therapy, group therapy, individual and couples therapy, and also attends various 12 Step support groups such as AA or NA. They also have family therapy and processing with options for individual settings or in a group. These help families understand what their loved ones who suffer from addiction is going through and how to support them, and also gives them their own support system.
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Nov 13, 2018

This place saved my life! The therapists were very helpful, friendly and really cared about the clients wellbeing. The tech’s were alway helpful with meds and anything that was needed. House manager was amazing, had high expectations on job duties, and kept a very clean organized atmosphere. Food was always amazing. I never went hungry! The information and skills that I have learned and applied to my life are priceless. If you’re not willing to put forth the work to change your life this is not your place, but if you are this is the first Step to take. I Love everyone at Steps. Thank you for all your help
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Matthew Cromar

Aug 10, 2018

I’d been to other recovery centers before but this one was the best, it stuck because I was willing to do the work, and with the help I received from staff I am now celebrating a year of sobriety in a couple of days. Update; I’m now 18 months sober as of yesterday and I still keep in touch with my steps family. The lessons I learned at steps will stick with me for the rest of my life. Thank you for giving me my life back.
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