Wellness and Recovery in the Addiction Profession, Part Three: Substance Use to Exercise: Are We Moving from One Addiction to Another?

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Recorded on Wednesday, March 17, 2021

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Very little evidence demonstrates the relationship between substance use and exercise addiction among emerging adults. A phenomenon referred to as “switching addictions” or “substitute addictions” is the substitution of one addictive behavioral pattern for another. People who are addicted to physical activity and exercise often have characteristics that are similar to people who have a substance use disorder. Both groups generally have low self-esteem, and both use either exercise or a chemical as a way of managing and/or manipulating psychological states. The purpose of this presentation is to explore the relationship between substance use and exercise behavior, more specifically focusing on the relationship between substance use, exercise frequency, exercise volume, exercise importance, exercise limits and exercise euphoria. Participants will learn how to recognize the early signs of “switching addictions” and how to help clients use a healthy balance of exercise for substance use disorder treatment.


Stephanie F. Rose, DSW, LCSW, AADC, CS, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Central Arkansas, Addiction Studies Program. She has been a practicing licensed social worker for over 12 years, with an emphasis on co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. She is also an Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (AADC) and clinical supervisor. Rose is a former instructor for the University of Arkansas Little Rock School of Social Work. She completed her Doctorate degree in Social Work with an emphasis in addiction and continues to complete research in the field of addiction. She has given several addiction-related presentations.

Duston Morris, PhD, MS, CHES, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of Central Arkansas and has worked in fitness, health, and recreation for over 20 years. Morris began his career working with individuals who had co-occurring disorders in mental health and substance use disorders. He has professional experience in clinical and community settings, helping individuals reduce various health risk behaviors. Morris has been recognized for his work in exercise, recreation, physical activity, substance use, and interprofessional education. He has led numerous state and national presentations, conducted school and community prevention education initiatives, and completed research related to substance use and exercise.

Learning Objectives
  • Participants will be able to summarize the concept and definition of the term “switching addictions.”
  • Participants will be able to list at least three components of exercise addiction.
  • Participants will be able to summarize and identify three psychophysiological symptoms of exercise addiction.
  • Participants will be able to explain the overall relationship and risk factors related to substance use and exercise addiction.
Content Level


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Addiction professionals, employee assistance professionals, social workers, mental health counselors, professional counselors, psychologists, and other helping professionals that are interested in learning about addiction-related matters.


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