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Exercise Your Way To Recovery

I recently read an article on AOL entitled “Ultra-Grueling Exercise Might Help Drug Abusers Quit”. The story reveals that the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) was granted $15.7 million dollars to study the  merits of vigorous workouts when it comes to kicking a drug habit.

Dr. Madhukar Trivedi said in a statement that “Exercise would give people who abuse drugs an alternative ritualistic activity that may help them disengage from their drug-related behaviors while also improving their health and quality of life.”

The project, called Stimulant Reduction Intervention using Dosed Exercise (STRIDE), is already well under way. A second phase will kick off thanks to the NIDA grant.

By tracking exercise patterns as well as rates of addiction relapse, the research team can determine what impact — if any — the exercise had on the ongoing well-being of participants. They’re also hoping to see participants enjoy the additional benefits of a good workout, like better sleep patterns, healthier body mass and improved mood.

As a recovering addict myself, I agree 100%.  When my doctor fist recommended a steady workout as part of my treatment, I laughed. The fact is that it really does help. I started walking, jogging, and using a weight machine daily.

What it is proven to do,  is create “feel good” endorphins to flow through the body. These are the same ones that give you that high that you seek when using drugs. They also help alleviate depression.

One thing that regular exercise can not do, is find out and treat what got you abusing substances in the first place.  It is an essential part of your therapy to go to group meetings and sit down with a therapist to fix what got you in this situation in the first place! Please look at Getting Help for more direction in setting up a recovery process.

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