Information about Addiction, Recovery, and Exercise

Physical Activity May Prevent Substance Abuse

NIDA Director, Nora D. Volkow, M.D. – March 01, 2011

From the minute they arrive at the park, children move constantly. They run, jump, chase, and climb. Wrapped up in their fun, they aren’t thinking about the health-promoting effects of exercise. But NIDA scientists are. Staff scientists are considering the possibility that exercise — including active play, outdoor adventure, team sports, martial arts, and dance — not only boosts energy . . . Read More

Fitness In Recovery / Rehabilitation Program

Fitness in Recovery: Benefits of Exercise in Promoting Sobriety Maintenance and Optimal Health
Physical exercise is unequivocally one of the most important components of charting one’s pathway to optimal health. And, as I will demonstrate, engaging in regular exercise also offers tremendous benefits in the realm of relapse prevention and long term sobriety maintenance. I encourage you to share this article with your clients, to motivate them to integrate the many benefits associated with exercise into their recovery programs. . . .  Read More  

4 Reasons to Exercise During Addiction Recovery

Many who abuse drugs or alcohol neglect important components of daily health, wreaking havoc on both emotional and physical well being. It is important to repair the psychological and physical damage of chemical dependency as well as the damaged mind-body connection. Exercise in chemical dependency treatment serves many purposes, but there are some primary benefits . . . Read More

Physical Fitness and Addiction Recovery

By SoberRecovery, Staff Writer

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Benefits of Exercise in Addiction Recovery

~Green-In-MI, SMART Recovery Online Member

SMARTies who participate in SMART Recovery Online (SROL) will sooner or later hear me sing the praises of exercise as an integral part of recovery. For me, exercise is a valuable Vitally Absorbing Creative Interest (VACI) as well as something that provides a host of side benefits.  . . . Read More

Physical Wellness In Recovery

Addictive disorders and mental health issues eventually take a toll on the mind and the body. Finding recovery isn’t just about kicking your drug and alcohol addiction and moving forward. It’s also about creating a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. Removing drugs and alcohol from your lifestyle are essential. However, cessation of the use of drugs and alcohol is only the beginning of true recovery. Physical wellness needs to be a priority as well.  . . . Read More

Harvard Medical School

Can exercise help conquer addiction?

As an athlete, I think regularly about the potential health benefits of exercise for my patients. Every week, I treat patients hospitalized at Brigham and Women’s Hospital with significant medical problems that are a direct result of severe addiction, ranging from seizures and strokes to heart valve and joint infections. I also care for outpatients at the Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital Addiction . . . Read More