“Our results suggest that regular aerobic exercise could be a useful strategy for relapse prevention, as part of a comprehensive treatment program for recovering cocaine abusers.”
Dr. Panayotis (Peter) Thanos, PhD, Research Institute on Addictions and Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Buffalo
It has long been known that aerobic, or “cardio” exercise can have a positive impact on a person’s physical and mental health, including:
- Heart disease
But A brand-new research just released in August 2018 has provided more evidence that regular exercise can also be beneficial in terms of supporting successful recovery from drug addiction. Some of the key ways it does this are by:
- Altering the same neural pathways activated during cocaine use
- Providing “memory clearance” that helps a person “forget” drug cravings
- Elevating mood
- Reducing stress hormones
- Combats boredom
- Promotes social interaction
Each of these benefits plays a role at supporting recovery and preventing relapse. As Dr. Thanos puts it, “Cocaine addiction is often characterized by cycles of recovery and relapse, with stress and negative emotions, often caused by withdrawal itself, among the major causes of relapse.”
And it doesn’t take time commitment, either. In animal studies, it was determined that just one hour on a treadmill, five times a week, was enough to reduce stress-induced cocaine-seeking behaviors.
From this information, it is clear that a regular exercise program should be included in any comprehensive drug rehab program.
The findings of Dr. Thanos and his team are supported by a number of previous studies.
Because cocaine begins to alter the person’s brain from the very first use, it is regarded as one of the most-addictive drugs on earth. If you are worried about the cocaine use of either yourself or someone you care about, Lasting Recovery can help.
As one of the top outpatient drug rehab programs in San Diego, Lasting Recovery offers treatment services that are evidenced-based and wellness-focused, including the incorporation of regular exercise. To get started on your own personal sober journey, contact Lasting Recovery TODAY.
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