Can Exercise Help Treat Addiction?

Hiya Bhavsar

Hiya Bhavsar is a middle school student in NJ. She is also a blog writer @ Accel Learning.

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Exercising
The idea of exercise helping you have a strong and healthy life isn’t a modern discovery. The Indians, Greeks, and the Romans found this solution out centuries ago. But can exercise actually help treat your addiction without any medical prescriptions.
Scientists have done an experiment on furry little rodents, rats. Each rodent was shot by one of the following drugs: nicotine, alcohol, morphine, and amphetamines. Later the rodents were put to exercise on a wheel. One result the scientists got was the exercise served as an alternative to the drug they had been shot with. Making them feel slightly less susceptible to becoming addicted.
Another possibility the scientists encountered was the drug was only acting as a distraction to the rats. When the exercise endorphins starts to kick in, working out may help with treatment by replacing one feel-good activity with another. When thinking about human addicts the exercise would most likely be a distraction. While some of the exercises make the symptoms of withdrawal less severe, it doesn’t fully get rid of the addiction.
Keep in mind that exercise can become an addiction all on its own. Even though the chances of that is extremely rare. While exercise by itself is no cure for addiction, it can be an additional tool to help build a healthy life.


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