Exercising in Recovery

Researchers at the University of Arizona published a study in the Journal of Experimental Biology examining the "neuro-biological rewards" of treadmill running.  For recovering addicts and alcoholics the brain experiences a chemical reward, which can help to sustain prolonged sobriety through the release of dopamine and serotonin to the brain which can be damaged or lost during active drug and alcohol use.

A 2012 study in the neuroscience journal Synapse let test specimens use methamphetamine until their dopamine and serotonin receptors were completely lapsed.  After using, some specimens were left to be caged and others made to exercise.  The results were astonishing.  The results showed that the specimens that were made to run, significantly reduced the meth-induced brain damage, as well as experienced profound positive effects on the dopamine and serotonin receptors.   Researchers from Vanderbilt University and Frontiers In Psychiatry did studies involving daily marijuana, alcohol, cocaine, heroine and nicotine users and saw a dramatic drop in cravings as much as 50%.

Incorporating all aspects into recovery from 12 step programs, to physical wellness becomes part of the daily process that Footprints of Serenity's Sober Companion and Recovery Coach Services incorporate into our clients daily living. Deciding to change your life into a life free from the burdens of addiction is only the beginning.  Staying clean and sober is a process that happens over time and at Footprints of Serenity we understand that each individual client has individual needs and goals in life.  Our dedicated and knowledgeable team assess' each client and guides them with their own individualized treatment plan that has been tailored just for them.

Ref: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-06-12