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Studies provide evidence of the positive effects of exercise on substance use disorders. A lot of times people will relapse on substances because they have anxiety, or depression, or other mental health issues that are overlapping or emerging in their early recovery. They are used to numbing out their feelings. The more exercise a person does, the more they can effectively manage these mental health issues. Visit- – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Exercise Therapy Helps Heal from Addiction- Bluffplantation


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Exercise Therapy Helps Heal from Addiction
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  • The benefits of exercise are well known and well
    accepted. A mountain of evidence shows that
    physical activity improves heart and circulatory
    health, strengthens muscles and boosts the mood.
    Exercise therapy also helps prevent some of the
    signs of aging, from warding off cognitive
    declines to boosting bone health.

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Exercise Therapy and Its Benefits
  • Exercise is good for so many aspects of health
    including recovery from drug and alcohol
    addiction. Research shows exercise therapy for
    people in treatment for alcohol and drug abuse
    not only helps people regain their strength and
    fitness, but can reduce relapse by
  • Reducing withdrawal symptoms
  • Decreasing cravings
  • Alleviating depression and anxiety
  • Enhancing mood and reducing irritability
  • Improving self-esteem and confidence
  • Improving response to stress
  • Repairing damage to the brain

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  • Studies provide evidence of the positive effects
    of exercise on substance use disorders. A lot of
    times people will relapse on substances because
    they have anxiety, or depression, or other mental
    health issues that are overlapping or emerging in
    their early recovery. They are used to numbing
    out their feelings. The more exercise a person
    does, the more they can effectively manage these
    mental health issues. 

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How Exercise Therapy Benefits The Recovering Brain
  • Youve probably heard of the runners high, that
    natural boost of energy and positive vibes that
    keep people chugging along mile after mile, even
    through sweat, fatigue and aching muscles.
  • Brain scans show that the runners high is real.
    Exercise activates the same reward pathways as
    drugs, and increases concentrations of the
    neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine, which
    are associated with the brains pleasure and
    reward system. In chronic drug and alcohol users,
    there is a paucity of dopamine receptors.
    Exercise has been shown to increase those
    receptors in the brain.

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  • Not only does exercise provide a boost in the
    short-term, it has long-term benefits for brain
    health and healing after addiction. Exercise
    repairs area of the brain damaged by drug abuse
    through a process called neurogenesis, or nerve
    cell growth. Research has shown exercise helps
    with nerve re-growth in the hippocampus, an area
    of the brain involved with memories and emotions,
    and the prefrontal cortex, which is involved in
    executive function and decision-making.

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Studies Support Exercise Therapy in Addiction
Treatment
  • Other research indicates that the positive
    changes happening in the brain translate into
    people feeling better, more motivated and better
    equipped to resist slipping back into drug or
    alcohol use. A study published in Scientific
    World Journal reviewed nine randomized controlled
    trials that used exercise therapy as part of
    treatment for people for illicit drug use (such
    as methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin) and eight
    studies which examined the use of exercise in the
    treatment of people with alcohol addiction.

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  • Six out of six studies that looked at abstinence
    rates in people who used illicit drugs found
    lower rates of relapse in those who exercised
    than in those who didnt. Five out of five
    studies that looked at mental health found lower
    rates of depression and anxiety, and higher
    reported self-esteem in those who exercised than
    in those who were sedentary.

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  • Among the studies involving people with alcohol
    addiction, four out of six showed lower relapse
    rates among those who exercised four out of six
    showed improvements in depression, anxiety and
    self-esteem and eight out of eight found people
    had improved fitness levels.

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  • Research also shows that even short periods
    exercise say, 10 minutes on a stationary bike
    can cut down on acute cravings. This can provide
    just enough of relief to help people through
    those moments without returning to drug or
    alcohol use.

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  • Exercise has the same benefits for recovering
    addicts as is does for others it can improve
    sleep quality, and make people feel more
    energized.
  • Sleeping is very difficult for a lot of people
    when they first come into rehab. Getting up and
    moving early in the day, stretching and getting
    their heart rate up, helps them to relax. Then
    they find they start to sleep better.

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Making Exercise Part of a Healthy Routine
  • Recovery counselors teach the importance of
    finding activities that offer meaning and
    enjoyment in sobriety. Exercise provides that
    outlet, whether thats taking up a new sport,
    getting together with friends to walk or play
    tennis, or becoming devoted to a particular gym
    or yoga studio.

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  • While some may prefer exercise to be a meditative
    time, others find that exercising in groups helps
    forge bonds of friendship. Joining a group
    training to run a 5K, or belonging to a co-ed
    softball team, can help build a social support
    network thats so important to recovery.
  • Exercise helps people set goals, shows that
    effort yields rewards over time and reconnects
    people with their positive self.

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Tips for Working out in Recovery
  • 1. If you havent exercised in awhile, go easy
    and listen to your body. People in recovery may
    have significant medical issues due to past drug
    and alcohol use. For those with injuries or
    serious chronic medical conditions, start with
    gentle movements, and gradually increase
    intensity through moderate activity that includes
    aerobic activity and light weights or resistance
    training. A reasonable place to start might be 30
    minutes of walking or jogging, three times a week
    or more if you can.

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  • Find something you enjoy. A study
    in Mental Health and Physical Activity found that
    77 of people in recovery chose walking as their
    preferred activity, followed by strength training
    (37). Walking is great exercise. Go for it!

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  • Decide if you prefer working out in a group or by
    yourself. Some like the social aspects of group
    activities, which leaves them feeling energized
    and opens up the opportunity to make friends.
    Some prefer a solitary activity that gives you
    time to think, reflect and be alone with your
    thoughts. You might prefer something different on
    different days, and thats OK too!

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  • Find an exercise buddy. You can keep each other
    accountable. Also, knowing that a friend is
    waiting can help keep you motivated to show up.

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  • If you feel stressed, frustrated or angry, get
    moving. Work and family responsibilities may make
    it difficult to do organized exercise every day.
    If youre feeling anxious, frustrated or
    overwhelmed, try taking a quick walk. Sometimes
    thats just enough for those feelings to lift and
    to get you through it.
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