Why wouldn't it be? I can't think of any reason why any able bodied person shouldn't start running. I can't see any reason why an alchy can't start running either, there's at least two current threads on here about that now, "on the wagon for January" and some other alchy thread I forget the name.
I'm no expert but he's no doubt given his body a bit of abuse, so the best person to visit first is probably his GP for a proper once-over. If there are no particular risks from partaking in rigorous exercise (starting off very slowly, obviously) I'd say go for it. Running's a pretty good diversion for someone with an addictive personality. Good luck to him.
a psychologist friend once told me that therapists sometimes discourage recovering addicts (heroin in his case) from taking up running because they develop unhealthy levels of addiction to running, as they did with drugs.
but i told him her she was talking bollocks.
Dude - Him/her ? Have way through the op ??
* Half way through the op ??
the dude abides wrote (see)
a psychologist friend once told me that therapists sometimes discourage recovering addicts (heroin in his case) from taking up running because they develop unhealthy levels of addiction to running, as they did with drugs. but i told him her she was talking bollocks.
It's not as much bollocks as you think. Anyone with an addictive personality can transfer that addiction to something else 'quite easily'. I've known a friend who was a smoker and gave that up, started running and replaced the buzz they got from smoking with running.
As Philpub said - first bet is the doctor to make sure that they're OK.
EmmyH - THAT part of it I agree with i just disagreed that it was necessarily a bad or unhealthy thing to do so.
Interesting. I suppose a healthy addiction is better than an unhealthy one. What's the worst that can happen? Would an obsessive newbie runner be more likely to get injured?
an alcoholic is also likely to have other addictions - smoking usually. if he smokes he needs to pack that in as well to help him exercise easier - better lung function etc - but can he pack 2 vices in??
I would also think running will accelerate his liver recovery but he needs medical advice first
my guess is that swapping one addiction from another does not address the possible emotional issues driving the addiction in the first place. does not get to root cause, just alters the source of the buzz.
it is undeniably more healthy physically, less so emotionally.
I would start easy at first. maybe just run to the pub and back
As subtle as ever Nick. You need to learn when to joke and when to be serious. You got it wrong this time
that's a new one on me. translate?
Translation right here
thanks. crikey that's a bit strong!
Come on Dude keep up FFS!
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