The Role of Sport in Substance Use Disorders Recovery

To achieve optimal integration of the benefits of exercise and sport into substance use disorders (SUD) recovery, key factors such as, among others, the contribution and training of all stakeholders for the proper implementation of exercise and sport programs, the integration of research into clinical services to evaluate and ensure that the exercise programs a) are based on scientific data and b) adequately meet the purpose for which they were implemented, are required. Recommendations for practical implementation are aimed at SUD recovery providers and SUD recovery counselors, including sports educators working in the field, as well as future researchers who want to explore the field, to provide the appropriate support to improve their services, whether that means developing and supporting new integrated exercise programs that do not currently exist or improving existing ones. This includes addressing the difficulties of designing, implementing, and evaluating exercise programs, thereby facilitating their incorporation into SUD recovery.

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