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Why Exercise Matters

Exercise has been shown to help people through addiction recovery.

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Caron Treatment Centers accepts patients aged 13 years or older. For more information on services available to those 12 and under, please learn more about Caron's Student Assistance Program.

The “Body” in “Mind, Body, and Spirit”

At Caron, our goal is to help people become healthy on all fronts: emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and physically. Physical exercise is a critical part of our treatment regimen because we treat the whole person--and for several research-based reasons, too.

Exercise and Addiction Recovery

Addiction recovery can be stressful: habits are hard to break, and there are often many related factors and other issues complicating matters. Naturally, lessening this stress is very important to a successful recovery. Research shows that for drug rehabilitation or alcohol treatment, a personalized program of regular physical activity can help reduce stress.

Exercise and Depression

Research indicates that there are three things that work for depression: medication, cognitive behavioral therapy, and exercise. (Physical activity is known to reduce cravings by changing brain chemistry.) At Caron, we use all three of these tools to help patients overcome depression and other co-occurring disorders. We teach cognitive behavioral therapy; we offer medication for those who need it as part of their individual treatment; and we emphasize the importance of exercise as part of long-term addiction recovery.

Exercise as Part of Treatment at Caron

Just as our clinical staff and spiritual counselors work with each person individually toward overall health, our fitness experts will help you or your loved one find the right type and level of physical activity. Our goal is to help every patient achieve wellness of mind, body, and spirit, through treatment and beyond.