Yoga-Based Therapy vs. Addiction
11/23/18: Addiction Recovery
Addiction is no easy hurdle to get over and recovery can be just as difficult. Everyone is going to have different methods of beating their addiction and going through recovery. Depending on a number of different variables, certain methods that may work for one person may not work for another.
When you think of addiction rehabilitation, you’ll probably think of medicine-based detoxification and counseling. However, these types of rehabilitation therapies don’t always work for some people trying to fight addiction; there are many alternative forms of therapy. Each of these alternative therapies has their own benefits and compliment the process of recovery. One of the most complimentary of these is yoga-based therapy.
This Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline focuses on breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures for health and relaxation. This type of therapy has proven itself to be extremely effective when trying to detox from substance abuse. Yoga-based recovery has become widely used in rehabilitation centers across the country and it is one of the best forms for substance abuse recovery.
Yoga-based therapy is great for people who are trying to free themselves from the shackles of addiction. Addiction and detoxing can lead to a lot of physical, emotional, and mental stress. Yoga’s sole purpose is to relax the mind, body, and soul (overall well-being). Yoga can ease the mind and body, but it is also has very little restrictions … you can practice it anywhere, anytime!
Because addiction has damaged the mind, body, and soul, yoga can help repair any damage that has been done. Yoga has proven to be quite effective against these damages. Not only does it fight against the damages addiction has caused, but it also fights against any sort of discomfort, irritation, cravings, or any other troubles you may experience during recovery.
If you want to know more about the positive effects yoga has on a person’s road to recovery, continue reading. We’ve gathered important information on yoga-based therapy that you should know:
Do It Anywhere, Anytime!
As we previously mentioned, one of the many benefits of yoga-based therapy is that you can do it anywhere, anytime! Other forms of therapy (counseling or medical detoxification) are typically scheduled sessions and can’t be done whenever you need it. If you have been struggling with a possible relapse, stress, sadness, loneliness, etc. in the middle of the day, a therapist may not be able to see you with such little notice. Yoga is perfect for instances like this because you can fight against those feelings the second you have them. Just find a peaceful space to stretch and are bound the see the results you want.
If you are worried about doing yoga wrong, don’t worry! There are more than likely plenty of yoga studios around you. Attend a class to get a sense of what you need to do, instructors can help you learn the basics and soon enough become a master. If you prefer to do it by yourself, there are plenty of videos online teaching you the basics to yoga and how to properly practice. The best thing you can do is incorporate this practice into your daily routine.
Fights Feelings Of Withdrawal
As we mentioned earlier, detoxing is not something accomplished with ease. During the detox process, there are likely to be extreme feelings of withdrawal, which is only natural. If someone has created such a dependency on a substance, it isn’t easy to give up. The body will do everything it can to seek chemical refuge again, but those feelings can be minimized.
Yoga helps ease the mind, body, and soul; easing those feelings of discomfort, anxiousness, irritation, stress, etc. Yoga-based therapy can help build a stronger mind to fight against any withdrawal or craving someone may have during recovery. This therapy is all about building a stronger mind and body to help in the fight against chemical dependency.
Euphoria is something that many addicts seek through substances. People with addictions have found that they can achieve euphoria if they use substances; this is where they get the ‘high’ they need. Once they experience these euphoric feelings, they can quickly become addicted and dependent on them.
What a lot of people don’t know is that yoga can actually accomplish a very similar feeling of euphoria, except it’s natural and harmless. Yoga helps satisfy five key aspects of life: spiritual, physical, intellectual, relational, and emotional. It helps you become more content with what you have and generates a sense of peace within yourself. When all five aspects of life are balanced and at peace, you get that sense of euphoria.
Helps You Focus On Recovery
People that struggle with addiction typically abuse substances because they have a numbing effect on them. They could be seeking this nub feeling because of life struggles or a number of other issues. When they start using substances to get that numb feeling, they can become dependent on it whenever they start to feel extreme emotions.
Yoga-based therapy can help the mind relax when it comes to chaos in someone’s life. Work, relationships, family, and many other things can cause someone to become addicted to substances. Whenever these stressers cause some sort of trigger, yoga can help you cope with the emotions you’re having and redirect focus on your recovery. No matter what is happening, your recovery must come first in life. Even if it means letting go of someone or something, your recovery is the priority.
Yoga has been something people have practiced for centuries and it has proven to be effective in the fight against addiction. It has recently become an ideal way to deal with withdrawal symptoms that people feel during recovery. This therapy focuses on rebalancing priorities in life and obtaining general well-being in order to beat addiction. Many people have achieved sobriety through yoga-based therapy and it has quickly become one of the best ways to live a sober life.
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