Most drug rehab centres these days are making their patients do yoga and other exercises during the drug addiction treatment programme. When combined with hypnosis, cognitive therapies, and other programmes, exercise yields beneficial returns for the drug addicts.
Exercise has several health benefits. It helps keep the mind and body of the drug addicts healthy during the drug cessation period. Abnormal weight gain is a common side effect that drug addicts face when trying to quit drugs. Regular exercising helps keep the weight of the addicts under control.
As well as keeping the addicts fit and healthy, exercises help alleviate feelings of stress and depression in addicts. When we exercise certain hormones are released in the body that make us feel good about our own self. These hormones also trigger the feeling of happiness in a person and make him feel good just about everything.
A lot of times it is seen as people get into alcoholism and other drug habits to kill their time. There are some who abuse substance when they have nothing to do. Exercise keeps one busy and allows one to channelise one’s energies in productive aspects. Exercise helps drug addicts overcome the craving or the urge to take drugs. It also aids in combating the addictive traits like smoking and drinking.
Depending on one’s personal interest and capabilities, one can choose to do simple aerobic exercises or cardiovascular exercises. All forms of exercises are found to be effective for drug addicts who are trying to live a drug free life.