Teens Learn The Healthy Benefits Of Exercise At Newport Academy
Norwalk Daily Voice - 4/6/2017
FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- While it's known that exercise has many health benefits, it can also help fight teenage drug abuse, addiction and teen depression. The experts at Newport Academy, an adolescent treatment facility, use exercise as an alternative reward for the body and brain, helping teens overcome dangerous dependencies.
"Instead of resorting to harmful substances, exercise can act as a temporary relief from mental health issues," said Kristin Wilson, Director of Clinical Outreach at Newport Academy.
Addictive drugs stimulate the brain's reward system through a hormone called dopamine. Consequently, finding healthy ways to increase dopamine is key to a successful recovery. Evidence shows that exercise can be used as an alternative reward for the body and brain, making it easier for teens stay clean.
According to the experts at Newport Academy, exercise addresses two of the major motivators for substance and alcohol abuse: depression and anxiety. The power of exercise combats those two factors and can lead to a more positive outlook, sometimes acting as a form of antidepressants.
"Addiction and depression are hard to overcome and it takes motivation and desire to beat it," said Wilson. "We believe getting out of your comfort zone and practicing healthy alternatives, are a great way start the road to recovery."
Newport Academy offers exercise programs for residents that help foster growth, such as rock climbing, paddle boarding, surfing, hiking, rope courses, yoga and kayaking. All activities are practiced in a safe environment, monitored by trained professionals.
Newport Academy has several locations throughout the country, including residential programs, recovery day schools, and outpatient programs offering comprehensive treatment for mental health and substance use. For more information or to find a campus near you, visit their website.