[center]Inpatient Rehabs in Maryland: Start Exercising. How often did you work out while you were drinking or using drugs? You may be sober now, but are you healthy? Getting into a regular exercise routine can make a world of difference in improving your energy levels, your sense of well-being, and your feeling of self-confidence. Whether you take up running or cycling, start going to the gym, or join a team, you can take things to a whole other level by getting into shape. An added benefit of this is that exercising will tend to put you in the company of other people who are dedicated to living healthy lifestyles, which will help to support you in your new life. Inpatient Rehabs in Maryland: Get a Good Diet. If you were like most people who have spent years drinking or using drugs, you likely did not have the best diet during that time. Its true that you are what you eat, and your body may now be showing the signs of a long period of malnutrition. Cut out junk food from your diet, keep sugar and unhealthy fats to a minimum, and load up on fresh vegetables and fruits, fish and lean meats. Drink plenty of water, and avoid having too much coffee. The change wont happen overnight, but with time your tastes will change, you will start craving healthy food rather than junk, and you will begin to notice remarkable changes in your energy level, appearance, immunity and overall health. Inpatient Rehabs in Maryland: The E word. One thing you will hear over and over again is dont enable the addict. This can be confusing, what exactly does it mean? Id say enabling is the concept that carries the most controversy among families of addicts. Some parents choose to do nothing believing that if the addict is out on the street they will hit rock bottom and choose to finally get better. This does work for some, I talked to a homeless guy recently that said the best thing his parents ever did for him was to kick him out of the house because it forced him to stop using drugs. For me personally, enabling means not doing anything for my son that he is capable of doing for himself. There can be a lot of gray area here; it changes from day to day.