Can you go from drug addiction to lining up for a marathon?
“Substance abusers could use running as a distraction, in order to reduce the need for formerly addictive behaviours. Running increases our happy hormones, and it’s fair to say that it could be a vital tool for recovering addicts,” says Andrea Kellerman (a sports psychologist who specialises in neurofeedback and guided visualisation peak-performance training for the mind).
“Addiction can be overcome by teaching the person alternative, distractive behaviours. The more we follow alternative behaviours, the more a new pathway in our brain can be created, which leads to reinforcement. But our behaviours have to become routine to occur naturally, and they can be changed within three to six weeks.”