When a person is contemplating treatment for addiction, a common phenomenon is his or her fear of the unknown. With alcohol and drug abuse recovery, there are many unknowns. There are many fears. And with fear, there is anxiety, depression and the stress that floods the body, the mind and the senses.
One of the most powerful aspects of addiction is how the mind speaks to the user. To combat the damaging self-talk that often accompanies the recovery process, the treatment experts at TTC Care regularly recommend yoga as part of a well-rounded addiction rehabilitation program.
The benefits of yoga are plentiful, helping the patient gain strength and regenerate the natural connection between all three elements of humankind: body, mind and spirit.
Yoga Is Holistic Healing Practiced for Centuries
The practice of yoga was founded more than 2,000 years ago. It is a compilation of many simple disciplines originating from the Hindu culture that, when applied, are meant to take the participant to another place in the mind and spirit. Think of it as a virtual experience without the need for technology.
Yoga disciplines include specific:
- Body poses controlled and held for a time period
- Breathing that improves circulation and supports physical conditioning
- Meditations to transcend from pain to peace
As the science community has conducted more research and realized its health benefits, yoga is a sought-after, respected and mainstream alternative therapy for people searching to achieve and maintain greater well-being.
There are many clinical studies that address the value of yoga for patients undergoing addiction treatment and recovery. Researchers have published their findings in several complementary therapies publications, stating, “Yoga can be considered as a complementary therapy … for medical therapy in the treatment of anxiety disorders.”
In a randomized, controlled clinical trial, doctors’ findings revealed that “practicing yoga is more effective than physical therapy at reducing pain, anxiety and depression, and improving spinal mobility.”
Addiction Recovery Is, in Part, Spiritual
Pain drives addiction. The recovery process includes uncovering painful moments in the patient’s life, recounting traumatic events that occurred before the addiction began. But treatment and recovery are only as strong as the program’s ability to empower the patient and alleviate the pain. Yoga does both.
During a yoga session, participants can redirect their insecurities and destructive thoughts to arrive at their higher selves, a place also instrumental in our 12-step and faith-based programs.
Reaching the higher self is where the spiritual connection exists, providing a pathway to healing.
Yoga Provides Physical and Emotional Balance
Long-term drug or alcohol addiction can damage the nervous system. Anxiety, depression and other mental health disorders can arise too, known as dual diagnoses. Patients can face physical, emotional and behavioral challenges as a result.
From restless leg syndrome to difficulty in just sitting still, yoga provides the patient a way to calm and quiet the mind.
This practice involves the exercise of slow and relaxed breathing, measured and deliberate poses, and going from the conscious mind to the subconscious and beyond.
Through yoga, patients can feel the following results:
- Brain activity calms.
- Heart rhythm slows.
- The body’s core (mid-section) becomes more taut and strengthened.
- Overall emotional balance and stability improve.
Say ‘Om’ to Healthier Addiction Treatment
Through the teachings in yoga, self-discipline, respect and positive outlooks are realized. In addition, the practice helps minimize cravings and the risk of relapse. Patients learn new coping mechanisms to carry them through lifelong addiction recovery.
At TTC Care in southern Florida, we have found that yoga helps patients in addiction rehab enjoy and benefit from their recovery experience even more. To learn about how our holistic practices help restore hope and healing, reach out to our compassionate admissions counselors – available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.