Kick-boxing course helps Hong Kong drug abusers kick the habit

Posted on September 1, 2015

Hooked on drugs since she was 13, Elaine cured her addiction by kicking and punching to upbeat music.

The 25-year-old, who declined to reveal her real name, has finally waved goodbye to drugs after six years in and out of rehabilitation centres.

A kick-boxing course helped to boost her self-confidence and physical health, which facilitated her path to recovery.

Elaine was among 127 people who attended an eight-week aerobic kick-boxing course during their drug treatment. The classes, held from late 2013 to early this year by North District Hospital in Sheung Shui, were part of a programme funded by the Beat Drugs Fund to promote the benefits of aerobic exercises for drug addicts receiving treatment in the New Territories.

Erica So Yuen-ching, a physiotherapist at the hospital who also taught in the kick-boxing class, said participants were less likely to suffer depression and anxiety. While a depression index above 18 indicates someone prone to moderate depression, the average index of the participants dropped from 23.6 to 12.4.

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Category(s):Addictions, Drug Addiction

Source material from South China Morning Post