As an athlete, I think regularly about the potential health benefits of exercise for my patients. Every week, I treat patients hospitalized at Brigham and Women’s Hospital with significant medical problems that are a direct result of severe addiction, ranging from seizures and strokes to heart valve and joint infections. I also care for outpatients… Continue reading Can Exercise Help Conquer Addiction?
Multiple Benefits to Getting Active Many professional alcohol and drug treatment and rehabilitation programs include exercise as part of an overall program to help patients maintain abstinence and develop a more healthy lifestyle. Many residential treatment centers feature fully-equipped exercise facilities on the premises. Traditionally, the main reason exercise has been recommended for those trying… Continue reading Using Exercise to Aid Alcohol and Drug Recovery
Research suggests that this practice modulates the stress response. Since the 1970s, meditation and other stress-reduction techniques have been studied as possible treatments for depression and anxiety. One such practice, yoga, has received less attention in the medical literature, though it has become increasingly popular in recent decades. One national survey estimated, for example, that… Continue reading Yoga for Anxiety and Depression
Creativity can play an important role in addiction recovery. A novelist in recovery said he believed drinking made him a better writer. He followed in the footsteps of literary heroes who drank too much and justified their habit by saying alcohol or other drugs helped them tap into their creative genius. It had the opposite effect. He… Continue reading 7 Ways Creativity Supports Addiction Recovery
Years of research have shown that substance use disorders are brain disorders that can be treated effectively. Treatment must take into account the type of drug used and the needs of the individual. Successful treatment may need to incorporate several components, including detoxification, counseling, and medications, when available. Multiple courses of treatment may be needed… Continue reading How Can Prescription Drug Addiction Be Treated?
It’s common knowledge that exercise is good for you, but finding the time and motivation to workout can be a challenge. For those suffering with addiction, it’s especially difficult, as physical activity often takes a backseat to getting high. But what if regular exercise could give you a natural high similar to the chemical one… Continue reading How Exercise Can Help You Beat Addiction
Several herbal remedies have been studied as a treatment for anxiety, but more research is needed to understand the risks and benefits. Here’s what we know — and don’t know: Kava. Kava appeared to be a promising treatment for anxiety, but reports of serious liver damage — even with short-term use — caused the Food and… Continue reading Herbal Treatment for Anxiety: Is it Effective?
The benefits of regular exercise can’t be overstated. Exercise can decrease your risk for cancer and heart disease, strengthen your immune system, and protect you against infections. Exercise is especially important if you have major depressive disorder (MDD). MDD, or clinical depression, is a common illness. Roughly 16 million adults in the U.S. have a… Continue reading The Benefits of Exercise for MDD
Major depressive disorder (MDD) can have a huge impact on your life. You may lose interest in your favorite activities, have difficulty sleeping, or experience a change in appetite. Persistent sadness, irritability, and frustration can also change your relationships with family and friends or interfere with your ability to concentrate at work or school. MDD,… Continue reading A Nutritional Guide to Managing Your MDD