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The effect of 12 weeks of exercise on prevention of addiction relapse in women treated

Hajirasouli Maral, Hojjat Shahla, Hajirasouli Masoud

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J. Bio. Env. Sci.3(5), 108-116, May 2013


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The aim of this study is to explore the effects of 12 weeks of exercise and physical activity on prevention of addiction relapse in addicted women who had managed to quit using drugs. The research method is semi-experimental. The research population included addicted women who had been treated and no more used addictive substances. The sample consisted of 40 addicted women who were proved to have been treated by Rapid-Test urine test. Samples were divided into two groups of 20; one as experimental group who were given exercise and the other 20 were merely subject to health monitoring as the control group. Statistical methods including independent t, Mann-Whitney post hoc and Pearson correlation test were used. At the end of the project period, all subjects were given urine test and the samples were evaluated using TLC method. The results showed that after 12 weeks 8 subjects had relapsed back into drug addiction, but in the experimental group only one had relapsed. No significant difference in age or the duration of abuse was found in the groups, so the results of this study may be attributed to the effect of physical activity during the 12-week duration of the project. Statistical evaluation showed that the difference was significant. From the findings of this study it can be inferred that diverse and uncompetitive aerobic exercise, can be effective in the prevention of relapse in addiction in treated women and reasonable exercise appropriate with the level of physical and mental health of the subjects can be used as a low-cost, non-invasive and effective method in the treatment and prevention of relapse to drug abuse.


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