Promoting Recovery and Physical Health in Treatment Drug Court: An Explanation of Exercise-Related Affective Change

Eric R. Thompson, University of Illinois at Chicago

Research shows that drug courts decrease recidivism of drug-involved offenders. Less is known on what specific treatment components prevent relapse and promote recovery from addiction. Recent research indicates drug addiction creates both temporary and long-term changes in the brain that may affect a participant's general health, mental health, and motivation for change. Based on the idea that abstinence from drugs and alcohol begins with improved physical health this study examines the psychological and physiological affects of addiction and exercise. Results are presented from a cross-sectional survey of 48 drug court participants on health and exercise. Due to the small sample size, however, this study was limited and the results provide a preliminary examination of this alternative treatment approach.

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Updated 05/20/2006