Maryland Addiction Recovery Center believes that every person suffering from dual diagnosis and substance use disorders is in need of a truly holistic approach to treating the disease of addiction. Medicine is not enough and talk therapy is not enough. A full mind, body, and spirit approach is necessary. To that end, MARC has incorporated for those patients in the Community Living Treatment (CLT) program several holistic services and activities built into the everyday treatment schedules of each patient. MARC offers both yoga and a personal training/exercise program for each patient in CLT treatment. A healthy body is just as important to a person entering into recovery from addiction as a healthy mind and body both go hand-in-hand to support a healthy spirit.
Individuals in MARC’s CLT and PHP program partake in yoga sessions weekly. Yoga is a practice and discipline that acts as both psychical exercise as well as a mental and spiritual strengthening exercise. Each yoga class is a beginner’s class in nature and facilitated by a professional yoga instructor. Incorporating yoga into treatment programming aids patients in beginning disciplined practice that supports clinical issues they are working on in treatment as well as hopefully gets patients interested and excited into yoga and associated meditation practices that they can then continue when out on pass or transitioning from treatment to everyday living.
Several times per week, MARC patients are able to get vital exercise from an experienced personal trainer to aid them in recovering physically from the toll taken on their bodies throughout their addiction. In order to provide the best in quality care, MARC has partnered with Doug Bopst, NSCA-CPT, Pn1, FMS Level 1, a Certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Coach. Doug himself suffered from addiction and is now a person in long-term recovery who has used fitness to exponentially propel his career, life, and relationship with himself. He is a published writer and speaker, who is also passionate about helping others use fitness to improve their lives. Doug has appeared on television on WBAL, WJZ, ABC, and FOX45. He has been featured in many publications including the Baltimore Sun and Towson Times. He is the author of the book From Felony to Fitness to Free, which shows the power of a second chance and reminds people to remember how far they have come and not how far they have to go.