n Mental Health Matters - The benefits of structured exercise for substance use disorders - research

Volume 6 Number 5
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Substance use disorders (SUDs), including alcohol use disorder (AUD), are among the most prevalent mental health disorders. Globally, approximately 250,000 deaths per year are attributable to illicit drug use, and 2.25 million are attributable to alcohol use. Furthermore, individuals with SUDs face elevated risks of multiple co-occurrences of mental and physical health problems. In recent years, exercise has been suggested as an adjunctive intervention to SUD treatment due to its well-documented and varied physical and mental health benefits. While exercise has many benefits for physical health it may also be utilised as a therapeutic measure in the rehabilitation of patients who have lifestyle conditions.

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