Several types of Substance Use Disorders (SUD) treatment include physical exercise as an add-on recovery. This review summarizes research on sports and physical exercise as an adjunct to SUD treatment with the misuse of illegal drugs. Twenty peer-reviewed papers that met the inclusion criteria for representing cross-sectional, intervention, and, review studies were considered. Descriptives for each category are presented as well as synthesized findings regarding outcomes and preferences of patients with SUD, regarding physical exercise programs. Further, the studies are discussed in terms of quality, quantity, and positive outcomes of physical activity for patients with SUD. Finally, information regarding the design of sports and physical exercise programs is critically presented and discussed.
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