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Treating Sleep Disorders Can Improve Substance Abuse Relapse


Clinical trial finds that qigong improve sleep and helps reduce substance abuse relapse

Drug rehabilitation aims to help individuals recover from substance abuse and lead drug-free life. However, relapse, the return to drug use after abstinence, is a significant challenge in recovery.

Relapse can occur due to various factors, including environmental triggers, stress, underlying mental health issues, and inadequate coping skills. Drug rehabilitation programs must address these factors comprehensively, offering support, counseling, and relapse prevention strategies. By understanding the complex nature of addiction and implementing effective relapse prevention measures, drug rehabilitation programs can increase the likelihood of long-term recovery and sustained sobriety.

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To address this issue, researchers investigated the connection between sleep disorders and the likelihood of relapse in individuals who use substances. The researchers also looked into the potential underlying mechanisms and corresponding interventions.

392 male substance users participated in the trial and completed questionnaires on sleep disorders, quality of life, and relapse inclination. Additionally, 60 participants with sleep disorders were randomly selected and divided into two groups: intervention and control. The intervention group underwent a 12-week program of Health Qigong specifically designed to treat sleep disorders, while the control group continued their regular work.

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Sleep disorders had a positive impact on the tendency to relapse. Quality of life was identified as a potential mediator of this relationship, which connected sleep disorders and relapse inclination. The 12-week Health Qigong intervention improved participants' sleep quality and enhanced their overall quality of life. As a result, their likelihood of relapse decreased.


This study examined the factors that increase the risk of relapse and developed personalized intervention strategies. These findings have theoretical and practical implications for reducing relapse rates and promoting abstinence. Researchers have shed light on a crucial aspect of drug rehabilitation by focusing on sleep disorders and their impact on relapse. Implementing targeted interventions, such as Health Qigong, can effectively address sleep disorders, improve quality of life, and reduce relapse chances.

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