Helps Improve Thinking Ability
Chronic drug addiction has a host of negative effects on the brain. It can impair thinking and interfere with other cognitive functions. It has been determined that physical activity and exercise generally improves brain functioning. It has been found to restore brain cells that have incurred damage through intense drug or alcohol abuse.People in recovery may therefore, utilize exercise as a means of restoring their brain functioning to its optimum level.

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It Promotes Better Sleep
In the recovery process, poor quality sleep is a problem that is faced by a number of patients. It is a common issue amongst those individuals who have been experiencing post-acute withdrawals. People in early stages of addiction recovery may attain quality slumber through regular exercise. Regular exercise if conducted a few hours before sleep makes it easier for recovering patients to fall asleep and generally improves the quality of sleep as well. The increased physical activity may therefore promote sleep and assist individuals in dealing with stress related issues.

Helps Create a New Social Group
Exercise can help recovering patients create a new social group. A particular difficulty that people suffering from addiction usually face is that they tend to be in contact with individuals who use drugs and encourage them to keep using as well. By raising their involvement in an exercise program, people are given the opportunity to socialize with and make new drug free, sober friends.

By Arman Ahmed, Clinical Psychologist

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