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Exercise for Addiction and Recovery 

Exercise for Addiction and Recovery
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Exercise for Addiction and Recovery
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George E. Muñoz

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190275334.003.0019
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date: 27 September 2020

The role of a healthy, balanced exercise program is reviewed by Dr. Munoz from the perspective of an integrative, sports, wellness, and chronic pain specialist. The concepts are applied to the whole person approach of integrative recovery. The science involved in addiction systemic and brain inflammation is reviewed as well as the beneficial impact of exercise on these disturbances at the cytokine and molecular levels. The why, how, and what questions regarding exercise are reviewed. The role of a balanced exercise prescription in recovery and addiction treatment is reviewed with special attention to the needs of the recovering individual. Relevant supplements, specific types of exercise, and appropriate nutrition for a successful exercise prescription are reviewed including managing pain before and after exercise with safe supplements and other techniques.

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