Fitness is a crucial part of substance abuse treatment. In a study titled Exercise Preferences of Patients in Substance Abuse Treatment from Butler Hospital and the Alpert Medical School of Brown University, researchers found that when a certain standard of exercise intervention was met during treatment, substance-dependent patients experienced a valuable benefit to their ongoing substance abuse recovery. The study also found that the highest-rated perceived benefits of engaging in exercise for the entire sample included (beginning with the highest): a sense of accomplishment, feeling stronger, improved health, becoming physically fit and increased confidence in staying clean and sober.
The Springboard Center officially opened the Fred Westmoreland Fitness Center on February 27, 2017. The fitness center includes three treadmills, three elliptical machines and three recumbent bikes as well as dumbbells, resistance bands and other workout equipment. A 500 square foot area provides space for yoga, meditation and fitness videos or classes. The center is named in honor of longtime board member and friend Fred Westmoreland, who passed away in January 2016 and is deeply missed. Through the center, Fred’s memory and dedication to recovery will continue for years to come.