Exercise Helps Recovery

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Exercise Helps Recovery

The human brain experiences a chemical reward when we exercise. There is evidence to show that this can be used as an alternative reward for those battling addiction. Quitting is only the beginning. It’s staying clean that’s the trick, and fitness is a great option for a new passion

In 2011 researchers from Vanderbilt University did a study that involved making a dozen marijuana users run on treadmills for 30 minutes 10 times over a two-week period. These were very heavy users, and they saw a dramatic drop in their cravings and their use of marijuana (a decrease of more than 50 percent) after just a few exercise sessions. Exercise was the only intervention. A 2011 analysis of research published in Frontiers in Psychiatry revealed how exercise is a powerful tool for reducing self-administered use of a host of other mind-altering substances.

A 2012 study in the neuroscience journal Synapse let rats go on a meth bender, and it burned out their dopamine and serotonin receptors. After the meth, some of the rats were left to be cage potatoes, and others were made to run. The results show that the running rats significantly reduced the meth-induced brain damage, as well as experienced a profound positive effect on dopamine and serotonin receptors.

Seabrook offers treatment for the mind body and spirit. We offer yoga and provide indoor and outdoor fitness as part of the regular schedule. Call us today to learn about our wellness program.