Exercise helps reduce symptoms of depression, but a new study looks into whether regular exercise makes it possible for those struggling with alcohol abuse to stop or reduce their drinking.
Looking for self-management techniques to stop drinking? A new study by the Recovery Research Institute explores whether exercise is enough to change a destructive relationship with alcohol.
In the initiative, exercise was explored as an ‘add-on’ to standard treatments like cognitive behavioural therapy or medical interventions. The primary exercise intervention was aerobics. Other exercise plans included yoga or combining aerobic exercise with strength training. The study looked at more than 1,200 participants struggling with alcohol abuse over a 12-week period.
Exercise was found to help reduce depression—but not anxiety—among individuals in treatment for alcohol abuse. It also did not factor into whether participants completed treatment for alcohol addiction. The full research summary can be seen here: Exercise is good for you, but can it help you stop drinking?
The study concludes that exercise might not make or break a patient’s success in treatment, but it does not hurt the outcomes and comes with other health benefits. However, at least in the short term, exercise “appears unlikely to make a difference in general in terms of drinking outcomes.”
That’s why it’s still important to seek professional help to get your drinking under control. Rehab Asia is here to help you understand addiction and provide insight into the medical treatments and therapies available throughout the region. We can help you decide whether inpatient or outpatient treatment is right for you and introduce you to a programme that best fits your needs.
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