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(p. 139) Staying Healthy 

(p. 139) Staying Healthy
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(p. 139) Staying Healthy
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Beth Broussard

, and Michael T. Compton

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190920685.003.0011
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date: 30 July 2021

To move toward recovery after a first episode of psychosis, young people must focus on both their mental and physical health. Staying away from tobacco products, alcohol, and marijuana and other drugs; having a healthy diet; getting plenty of exercise; sleeping well; and having social support from family and friends are all necessary parts of a healthy lifestyle. Even those who have already begun to use substances can quit, and though difficult, in the end quitting will improve their mind and body. Even if the young person is not ready to quit completely, reducing substance use is always helpful. One way to introduce new healthy behaviors is by setting achievable weekly goals and tracking progress along the way to keep motivated.

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