HEAL Study
Stimulant Reduction Intervention using Dosed Exercise (STRIDE)
Short Description
A randomized study to test the effectiveness of the addition of exercise to treatment as usual in improving drug treatment outcomes.
Release Date
Apr 24, 2015

This was a randomized, controlled trial that enrolled 302 participants diagnosed with stimulant abuse or dependence that began substance use treatment in a residential setting. Participants were randomized to one of two treatment arms: 1) usual care augmented with Vigorous Intensity High Dose Exercise (VIHD) and 2) usual care augmented with Health Education Intervention (HEI). Participants received three months of acute phase intervention followed by an additional six months of intervention with less frequent supervision. The primary aim of the study was to compare percent days of abstinence between the VIHD and HEI groups based on stimulant use during the 12-week acute phase. The study also evaluated a number of secondary outcome measures.

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