Promoting Healthy Lifestyles As a Biopsychosocial Approach to Addictions Counseling (Letter to the Editor) (Letter to the Editor)

Dear Editor: Despite progress in understanding the biochemistry of drug addiction and the effects of drugs on the body, most treatment programs lack a health education protocol. A review of the literature suggests that more attention needs to be directed to the physical aspects of recovery, including nutritional therapy, exercise regimes, and relaxation techniques as well as concrete social survival skills and employment skills. To achieve a holistic approach to addictions treatment, we may need to place less emphasis on mental health issues in favor of promoting the physical and social aspects of healthy living. The goal should be to assist the addict in achieving physical well-being, useful life skills, and concrete social supports.

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