Research has found that focusing on physical wellness can help patients in several ways. First, exercise can suppress substance cravings. Therefore, making it less likely that someone in recovery will want to have a substance in the first place.
Researchers also discovered that physical exercise could improve the mental deficits that people commonly endure as they go through drug withdrawal. This means that the painful process of drug withdrawal can be more manageable. By making the process more manageable, it is more likely that the patient will be successful.