Applying Yoga to Addiction Recovery

Applying Yoga to Addiction Recovery

Recovery from substance use is often only talked about in terms of detoxification, therapy, and medication. However, there are so many more treatment modalities available. Specifically, holistic interventions have grown to become an excellent addition to recovery because they add another dimension to treatment without being intrusive. There are many types of holistic activities that can enhance one’s recovery experience, including meditation, acupuncture, chiropractic services, massage therapy, yoga, and more.


Coping With Yoga

For millions of people around the world, yoga has proven to be a healthy method for coping with stress. Through this practice, people often develop new perspectives on their lives. It’s no wonder the addiction recovery community has found yoga to be such a positive resource for sustaining stability and inspiring growth in sobriety. 


Yoga for Addiction Recovery Treatment

More and more people have begun practicing yoga in treatment because of its grounding capabilities. Previous research suggests that yoga demonstrates positive effects for those in recovery and has even analyzed how yoga can enhance a person’s quality of life regarding mental, physical, and spiritual wellness.

Ultimately, yoga is an incredibly effective treatment addition to alcohol dependency and other substance abuse issues. Some of the benefits include increased strength and flexibility, heightened awareness, improved sense of self, strengthened coping mechanisms and more. Individuals consistently engaging in activities like yoga are less likely to battle with relapse issues and are more likely to pursue their long-term sobriety goals.


12-Step Yoga

As a result, 12-step yoga programs have become available. These programs follow similar principles to those of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) but add various movements and postures of yoga. The idea is to blend modalities and create a safe and centered mental space in which one can explore difficult emotions and experiences often associated with addiction recovery.


Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned yogi, this practice can greatly offer peace and serenity in your daily life. If you’re struggling with addiction, the benefits could be lifesaving. At Avalon Malibu, we offer yoga as part of our holistic treatment program for substance abuse and mental health. If you haven’t already, speak with a professional from Avalon Malibu today to learn more about how we can help. Call us today at 844-857-5992.

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