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Medicina dello Sport 2001 June;54(2):165-71

language: Italian

Let’s give up drugs. Reflexions and remarks on sport as a preventive, rehabilitative instrument in situations of pathological dependency

Manna V., Mescia G., Mazziotti M.

Dipartimento Dipendenze Patologiche, ASL FG/3, Foggia


Substance abuse is a maladaptive pattern of behaviors, manifested by recurrent and significant adverse consequences related to the repeated use of illicit drugs. Today, an increasing number of adolescent and young people seem to use substances as a paradoxical self-medication for life’s problems. In many cases, there may be repeated failure to fulfill major role obligations, repeated use in which it is physically hazardous, multiple legal problems, and recurrent social and interpersonal problems. Sport activities can be considered as effective tools in the prevention and rehabilitation of substance abuse disorders, among “at risk” adolescent and young people. In this brief update article, some recent studies on the social-therapeutic and preventive effects of sport against addictive disorders are reviewed.

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