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How Martial Arts Can Help Struggling Addicts Get Free

How Martial Arts Can Help Struggling Addicts Get Free

Posted: November 22, 2017

For those struggling with substance abuse or other mental ailments related to physiological-altering stimulants, a great alternative to prescribed medication can be found in the martial arts. Yes, the martial arts are not just for self-defense, they can also instill mental fortitude and discipline, attributes that are often eroded away after prolonged substance abuse. The dedication, commitment and years necessary to master a martial art requires significant self-discipline that often extends to all aspects of the practitioner's life.

The increased mental and physical strength gained from martial arts training is a wonderful bonus to the practice that compliments the increased self-esteem a recovering addict gains. Whereas certain prescribed medications can occasionally have severe side effects, an individual implementing a dedicated martial arts regimen can avoid such complications and setbacks. Robert K. Spear's 1989 novel, "Hapkido the Integrated Fighting Art" and John Pyecha's 1970 thesis paper on the effect of Judo on college freshmen are but two of many studies that give indication that martial arts therapy is a viable holistic treatment for those attempting to recover from physical, emotional, and psychological damage brought about by substance abuse.

Treatment Centers That Already Use Martial Arts

Across North America, there's quite a large number of rehabilitation centers that use martial arts as a form of treatment. At some locations, patients can even use their health insurance to pay for their classes. As a rehabilitation option that can aid the body, mind, and spirit, martial arts is a great choice in countering the altered thought process that can develop through substance addiction. While many martial arts class can provide these benefits, taking a class at a substance abuse treatment center has the added perk that everyone in the class is going through the same recovery process.

At some facilities, the instructor may also be a recovering addict so there's someone with distinct experience to guide you through the various stages of recovery. The beginning stage of recovery can be an incredibly stressful time for both the mind and the body. Self-discipline and willpower are the two biggest attributes that factor in preventing a relapse and nearly all martial arts have these characteristics as a founding tenant.

Where To Start

There are many things a struggling addict should consider when deciding what form of treatment is best for them and whether martial arts is a viable option. If substance abuse has led to the development of life-endangering ailments, contact a physician immediately. If medical afflictions are not as dire, a health physician should still be consulted but martial arts as a possible therapeutic recovery option should be discussed.

 

References:

Los Angeles Sober Living

Hapkido the Integrated Fighting Art

Social-Psychological Outcomes of Martial Arts Practise


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