Exercise can assist in preventing relapses into alcoholism dependency, claims a study.
“Cocaine dependence is frequently characterized by cycles of relapse and recovery, with tension and negative emotions, frequently brought on by withdrawal itself, one of the significant causes of relapse,” said Thanos, a senior researcher at the UB Research Institute on Addictions and Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology.
Using animal models, Thanos discovered that routine aerobic workout (one hour on a treadmill, five times each week) decreased stress-induced cocaine-seeking behavior. Exercise also shifted behavioral and physiological reactions to stress.
Those that are addicted to cocaine have shifted nerve-wracking, behavioral and physiological reactions to stress. A recent study by Thanos revealed how exercise may change the brain’s mesolimbic dopamine pathway, and this is connected to the strengthening and rewarding properties of drugs like cocaine.
Additionally, exercise was demonstrated to decrease stress hormones and also elevate mood, which might help in relieving stress and negative emotions related to withdrawal,” reported that the research published in the journal Behavioural Brain Research.
Studies have demonstrated that aerobic exercises (or cardio) is a powerful strategy against several physical health issues, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and diabetes, together with specific mental health difficulties, such as stress, anxiety, and depression.
“Our results indicate that regular aerobic exercise might be a practical way for relapse prevention, within a comprehensive treatment plan for recovering cocaine abusers.