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Studies Show Running Helps With Alcohol and Drug Addiction

Written by Paige Taylor

There has been increased awareness made about the dangers of using drugs and alcohol. However, the number of addicts in the United States is at an all-time high. Studies have shown that over 23 million people are addicted to either drugs or alcohol. Peer pressures, stress, anxiety and media influences are some of the many things that play a role in a person becoming an addict.

Most addicts will develop a number of problems if their addiction is not broken. Studies have shown that people who use drugs and alcohol are more likely to develop heart disease, liver disease and kidney problems. They are also at an increased risk for developing depression, anxiety and other psychological problems. Furthermore, addicts often have strained relationships with their family members and friends.

Fortunately, there has been evidence to suggest that running can help ease addiction. There was a study done by the National Institute on Drug Abuse that examined the effects of running on smoking cessation. The results of the study were that the smokers who ran daily had an easier time quitting.

There have also been stories reported of former addicts becoming professional runners. Catra Corbett is one of those runners. She is a cross-fit athlete who has completed over 250 ultra marathons. She was once addicted to meth, but has been sober for over 19 years. She has stated that running is one of the main reasons that she has been able to remain sober.

Running helps release endorphins. Endorphins are hormones that promote a natural high. This high is very similar to the sensation that addicts feel when they use drugs. Many people use drugs and alcohol because it makes them feel good.


Running can also serve as a distraction. When people focus their time and attention on running, they will not have time to think about using drugs or alcohol. Researchers also believe that running can help ease addiction by reducing stress and anxiety. Some addicts have a tendency to use drugs and alcohol as a means to cope with the problems in their lives.

It is important to note that running is not a substitute for a drug or alcohol addiction treatment program. Most addicts will not be able to break the addiction on their own. However, running can and should be included as a part of a treatment program. Not only can running help break an addiction, but it can also prevent relapse once the addiction has been broken.

Written by Paige Taylor:
He writes for Treatment Centers to help raise awareness of the dangers of addiction.

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