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Aerobic exercise as an adjunctive intervention in alcohol recovery: Rationale, program description, and preliminary findings
Behavior Modification (2009)
  • R. A. Brown
  • A. M. Abrantes
  • J. P. Read
  • B. H. Marcus
  • J. Jakicic
  • D. R. Strong
  • J. M. Oakley
  • S. E. Ramsey
  • C. W. Kahler
  • Gregory Lyal Stuart
  • M. E. Dubreuil
  • A. A. Gordon
Abstract
Alcohol use disorders are a major public health concern. Despite the demonstrated efficacy of a number of different treatments for alcohol dependence, relapse remains a major problem. Healthy lifestyle changes may contribute to long-term maintenance of recovery, and interventions targeting physical activity, in particular, may be especially valuable as an adjunct to alcohol treatment. In this article, the authors discuss the rationale and review potential mechanisms of action whereby exercise might benefit alcohol dependent patients in recovery. They then describe the development of a 12-week moderate-intensity aerobic exercise program as an adjunctive intervention for alcohol dependent patients in recovery. Preliminary data from a pilot study (N = 19) are presented, and the overall significance of this research effort is discussed. doi: 10.1177/0145445508329112
Keywords
  • alcohol,
  • exercise intervention,
  • physical activity,
  • treatment
Publication Date
2009
Citation Information
R. A. Brown, A. M. Abrantes, J. P. Read, B. H. Marcus, et al.. "Aerobic exercise as an adjunctive intervention in alcohol recovery: Rationale, program description, and preliminary findings" Behavior Modification Vol. 33 (2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/gregory_stuart/77/