Drug addiction is something that affects both the mind and the body. While the drugs affect the body, the addictions and cravings are controlled by the mind. Yes, the body’s need for the drug is a physical reaction, but it’s how you deal with that reaction that leads to signs and symptoms of addiction. Addictive drugs create feelings of euphoria that make a person feel good. The feelings only last for a short period of time resulting in increased cravings to get more of the drug and reproduce those happy feelings.
Exercise can also create a feeling of euphoria similar to those of addiction, only not as intense and without the additional, ever-increasing desire for more. Exercise causes endorphins to be produced that elevate a person’s mood and bring about feelings of happiness and contentment. It also increases the amount of oxygen taken into the body. Exercise improves circulation and carries the extra oxygen through body. This creates several responses that work to elevate a person’s mood and make them feel better.
Benefits of exercising are listed below:
• Clears the mind
• Improves concentration
• Creates short term feelings of euphoria similar to that caused by certain drugs, a so called “natural high”
• Increases the amount of oxygen to the brain improving brain function and increasing the production of chemicals that help to fight depression
Regular exercise can reduce the cravings attributed to drug addiction and replace them with natural feelings of elation and contentment. Chemical reactions in the body that arise from a healthy workout not only work to improve your mood, but also make you feel better physically.