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I have been cutting way back on Meth and it's turning me into fucked up, useless alcoholic.

I have also been exercising a bit and found this article to give myself (and others) some supporting encouragement.

source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4560957/

The impact of exercise on depression and anxiety symptoms among abstinent methamphetamine-dependent individuals in a residential treatment setting

Here is the abstract and the full conclusions. See the source link for much more data on this study.

Background

This paper reports data from a study designed to determine the impact of an 8-week exercise program on depression and anxiety symptoms among newly abstinent methamphetamine (MA)-dependent individuals in residential treatment.

Methods

One hundred thirty-five MA-dependent individuals, newly enrolled in residential treatment, were randomly assigned to receive either a 3-times-per-week, 60-minute structured exercise program for 8 weeks (24 sessions) or an equivalent number of health education sessions. Using mixed-modeling repeated-measures regression, we examined changes in weekly total depression and anxiety scores as measured by the Beck Depression Inventory and Beck Anxiety Inventory over the 8-week study period.

Results

Mean age of participants was 31.7 (SD = 6.9); 70.4% were male and 48% Latino. Analyses indicate a significant effect of exercise on reducing depression (β = −0.63, P = 0.001) and anxiety (β = −0.95, P = 0.001) symptoms (total scores) over the 8-week period compared to a health education control group. A significant dose interaction effect between session attendance and exercise was found as well on reducing depression (β = −0.61, P < 0.001) and anxiety symptoms (β = −0.22, P = 0.009) over time compared to the control group.

Conclusions

Results support the role of a structured exercise program as an effective intervention for improving symptoms of depression and anxiety associated with MA abstinence

Collectively, results support the important role exercise plays in improving dysphoric mood symptoms (depression and anxiety) among clinical samples of MA-abstinent patients. Future efforts are needed to characterize the mechanisms by which exercise, alone or in combination with other interventions, exerts its efficacy on changing mood symptoms. Given the unique benefits of exercise on the mental health outcomes of MA-dependent individuals, treatment programs should consider partnering with wellness or fitness facilities in the local community to better integrate exercise features into treatment regimens.
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