Medicine is not enough. Psychotherapy is not enough. A full mind, body and spirit approach is vital to sustainable recovery from the disease of addiction.
Maryland Addiction Recovery Center believes that every person suffering from dual diagnosis and substance use disorder is in need of a truly holistic approach to recovery from addiction. Our total wellness approach embraces a better quality of life through fitness and nutrition.
To that end, Maryland Addiction Recovery Center has incorporated for those patients in the extended care Community Living Treatment (CLT) program a unique fitness and nutrition program through a partnership with local health and wellness company B-Strong Athletics LLC to offer fitness and nutrition training and support. This program, built into the regular treatment scheduled for Community Living Treatment patients, aids them in their journey from addiction into early recovery as they learn to incorporate a healthy lifestyle of fitness and nutrition into their everyday lives to support a healthy mind, body and spirit.
B-Strong Athletics’ fitness professionals work with patients both one-on-one and in group settings. Each patient is taken through an assessment to find muscular imbalances, discuss past athletic endeavors, weight management issues, past or current injuries, and pain. These assessments give B-Strong trainers the opportunity to make custom adjustments to each patient during the workouts and develop individualized plans.
Discussing the patients’ eating habits can help them to change their nutrition to healthier options. The results of a healthier diet include stabilized blood sugar, reduced inflammation, improved sleep, and even reduced cravings for drugs and alcohol.
Since the patients at MARC shop for themselves and exercise on their own, B-Strong trainers can provide grocery lists, meal planning, and workouts tailored to their goals and body types.
Persons in early recovery who integrate a proper fitness and nutrition program enhance their sobriety by decreasing symptoms of depression/anxiety/bi-polar, elevating overall mood, reducing chronic pain, developing a sense of community, improving body image and self-esteem, lowering instances of self-harm, and reducing cravings. B-Strong Athletics uses science-based methods to get clients real-life results and help them maintain their sobriety.
Originally from Maryland, Elyse received her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from Salisbury in 2010 and her Associate Degree in Nursing from Howard County Community College in 2012. She is a Certified Nutrition Coach and a Russian Kettlebell Instructor. She also regularly writes for “Baltimore Outloud”, Baltimore’s LGBTQ Newspaper in the Fit For Life column. Elyse is currently pursuing her masters in human clinical nutrition and upon completion will be a licensed nutritionist.
Josh received his Bachelor’s Degree in English from Towson University in 2005. He has coached Martial Arts and acrobatics before becoming a Certified Personal Trainer. He has also earned certifications in Corrective Exercise, Functional Movement, Kettlebell Training and Performance Enhancement. In 2013, Josh received his Master’s Degree in Exercise Science from California University of Pennsylvania with Highest Honors. Both Josh and Elyse have previously worked for several large fitness companies and have learned the importance of incorporating a healthy lifestyle through fitness and nutrition in their own individual personal journeys of recovery.