How Cycling is Helping Drug Addicts Recover

There are over 1,200 drug and alcohol agencies around the country that provide support and rehabilitation for drug addicts and alcohols. Treatments range from residential clinics, detox centres, support groups, harm minimization and even geographical moves.

But there’s a little known secret that one drug rehabilitation centre in Bristol in the UK are adopting that working wonders in helping drug addicts and alcohols achieve long term recovery from their addictions.

You guessed it…

Cycling!

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Yes, ex addicts are peddling their way to new lives, getting fit and helping the environment. Western Counselling trialed a ‘cycle to rehab’ program for all residents over a six month period. That meant cycling to and from the drug treatment centre every week day morning and evening…And the results have been quite amazing.

The general fall out (number of people that leave rehab early to continue their addictive cycles) has dropped to an all time low of just 8% over a six month period, since cycling was made an active part of their treatment program. This staggering statistic will have rehab centres around the world buzzing with excitement.

An employee of Western reportedly said that clients were visible better, mentally more stable, enjoying emotional balance and improved motivation.

So, a simple 1.5 mile cycle twice a day maybe all you need to better the way you feel about yourself and the world around you.

Of course these statistics and claims are not scientific facts but they do point to the possibilities of directly support drug and alcohol addicted people of finding a new way of living.

As a chief advocate for cycling and the obvious benefits it can provide any reasonable individual this story is quite amazing. And I for one am a firm believer that cycling changes lives.

What do you think?

Can cycling be the next solution to grave mental and emotional problems that often stem from addictive behaviour? I certainly like to think so.

Do you?

 

 

Bicycles and Electric Cars SAVE the Environment. What’s Your Contribution?

By the end of September 2015, more than 43,000 electric cars were registered in the UK, an increase of more than 1,000 per cent from 2013. Many of these automotive owners made their decision to buy this type of car based on their desire to help the environment and preserve the earth.

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For others who are intent on improving the environment, but not quite ready to purchase a new car, bicycles are often preferred methods of transportation. If you are not currently a member of these two groups, it is time to consider becoming one. Not only are they sure to become increasingly popular in the upcoming years, but they offer numerous environmental advantages.

Electric Cars
With the UK facing increased air pollution concerns, electric cars provide a great alternative to traditional vehicles that produce excessive amounts of harmful carbon emissions into the atmosphere. In fact, electric cards are 100 per cent eco-friendly, using an engine that is entirely electric. By running on a clean energy source, it does not emit any smoke or toxic gases into the environment. Electric cars are also much quieter than their traditional counterpart, which means they significantly reduce noise pollution. As an added bonus, they are very low maintenance because there is no need to lubricate the engine.

If you own a tradition petrol or diesel car and want to find a vehicle that will benefit the environment and your pocket take a look at this best buy my car services article. You can potentially sell your current car within the next couple of days and invest the money in something that is kinder to planet earth.

Throughout the UK, governments and private individuals are working to increase the number of charging stations available. Currently there are around 9,000 stations, but this number is expected to grow as electric cars become more popular.

Bicycles
While electric cars are becoming more common on the roads, bicycles are also being ridden more and more by individuals committed to helping the environment. Instead of getting in their car or taking petrol guzzling public transportation, people are opting to bike to work, school, the local market, and any other place within a reasonable distance from home.

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Not only do bicycles greatly reduce noise pollution, but they also require no fuel, take less energy and natural resources to manufacture, and do not require batteries or motor oil that have the potential to be toxic to the environment. They also decrease traffic congestion, which cuts down on the number of cars on the road at the same time and potentially decreases traffic jams and commute times.

If you are not yet committed to driving an electric car or riding a bike, consider this. Both air and noise pollution have been found to negatively impact the quality of life for residents throughout the UK and can even result in increased anti-social behaviour and crime. In addition, evidence strongly suggests that there is a direct link between noise pollution and various medical conditions, including strokes and heart attacks, while air pollution is estimated to have an effect equivalent to 29,000 deaths each year in the UK alone.

While the environment is in danger, we can do something about it, starting with examining our methods of transportation. Is it time for you to invest in an electric car or bicycle?

This article is a guest post my Marcus Rockey who founded the popular automotive website http://theusedcarguy.co.uk/. You will find a vast collection of free information, advice and support to help if you are buying or selling a used car in the United Kingdom.

The Many Benefits of Riding a Bicycle

In Britain, the Supreme Court is making a serious attempt at saving the environment. By 31 December 2015, Britain is required to present a plan detailing how they intend to improve air quality to the European Commission. While the government works to put a plan in place, citizens throughout the United Kingdom can take a giant step toward saving the environment by riding bicycles. From cycling to work to taking your bike to pick up a few items at the produce market, it’s easier than you think to incorporate cycling into your daily life.

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How Cycling Can Save the Environment
Riding a bike instead of driving your personal vehicle or taking public transportation has significant benefits, including reducing air and noise pollution. Cars are currently the biggest source of greenhouse gases and other unhealthy air pollutants. Bikes will cut down on the number of cars, buses, and trains on the road, which will reduce congestion. This means fewer vehicles idling in traffic, which will reduce the amount of time they spend on the road, thus lowering their emissions.

As an added bonus, as more and more people opt for bicycles over cars, the need for the metal used to produce cars will decrease. It is not unusual for the metals used to create vehicles to be mined from the earth, which results in deforestation and allows pollution to enter the atmosphere when these raw materials are extracted. In addition, mining often leaves the landscape without vegetation for years, which only adds to global warming by removing the trees needed to clean the atmosphere. Finally, mining for the metal needed to create a vehicle often leads to contaminated water sources.

Additional Benefits to Biking
Riding a bike is particularly beneficial for your health. It can protect you from a wide variety of diseases, including heart attacks and strokes, thanks to improved cardiovascular fitness. It also decreases your risk of developing diabetes, arthritis, and some cancers, while strengthening your bones, improving your coordination, joint mobility, and posture, and increasing your flexibility and muscle strength.

According to the European Trade Union Confederation, the biking industry will also provide economic benefits that will be felt throughout the United Kingdom. It is believed that growth in the cycling economy has a higher job creation potential than the automotive industry. In addition, the health benefits and reduced risk of multiple chronic conditions can decrease NHS costs, which would give the government the opportunity to direct these savings toward another important program.

Riding a bike does much more than help improve air quality. It plays a huge role in saving the environment, has the potential to improve the economy, and offers numerous health benefits. If you have never considered riding your bike, it is time to start seriously looking into how you can incorporate biking into your daily routine. If it is not possible to ride your bike every day, start with doing it a couple of days a week and make an attempt to increase your efforts from there.