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Hi... I teach yoga therapy at an addiction treatment facility for the state health department.. what exactly would you like to know about the experience? My clients are detox narcotic patients as well as recovering drug and alcohol addicts... it has been an incredibly inspiring experience... I'd love to share what ever information I can provide! Just let me know...
The Truth about Yoga for Addiction
Addiction is considered as an involuntary repetition of actions or activities that are beyond one’s control. People suffering from addiction have no control on their behavior and actions resulting in the disruption of their personal life and relationships may it be work or family.
Addiction is not only limited to substance abuse but there are several other types of addictions as well, it includes gambling, food, computer and many more. There is a clear demarcation between a habit and an addiction. Addiction deals with psychological and physical disturbances whereas habit has nothing to do with either of them. It makes the human body dependable on drugs and whenever the sufferer plans to get rid of the addiction the body demands for it more and in a much larger dose. Substance abuse may be a gratifying act for few moments but the delayed side effects of it are much more lethal and dangerous.
The problems faced from the addictive behavior include brain injuries, birth problems, and fatal ailments. Substance or drug abuse generates negativity and pessimistic outcomes result in depression, anxiety, violence, varied medical issues and disabilities. There are several rehabilitation centers catering addicts and helping them in their fight for recovery. However some of addicts after rehabilitation relapse and get back to the way they were while other gets rid of it completely and make a fresh start.
Yoga is considered to be very helpful holistic recovery option. Reports have shown that addicts have shown positive outcomes after performing yoga frequently. It is a vital source of cleansing mind, body and soul from all the toxins and negativity. The practice of this therapeutic activity offers constructive outcomes for these people and helps them in truly understanding the nature. The exercises play a great role in detaching their mind from polluted thoughts. Researchers have claimed that frequent performance of yoga will help addicts in nurturing themselves and will also produce positive and loving behavior.
The memories of drug abuse and violent behavior haunt the addict throughout the recovery process and some of the sufferers fall prey to it and relapse however if yoga is incorporated in their recovery process it will make them stay away from relapsing and will teach them to deal with the unpleasant thoughts, emotions and memories. Ignorance of the perturbed emotions and thoughts will lead to greater destruction however confronting them and getting past them will lessen its intensity which will make the recovery process easier.
One more advantage of performing this therapeutic work out is to develop focus of an individual towards inner self and getting rid of low self esteem. Most of the addicts while recovering setback and then come back to get clean again the more they relapse the more they lose their self esteem. However if yoga becomes a part of their recovery process it will play a great role in increasing the confidence. It will also make them believe in their selves and strengthen them to face the ordeals of life and negating the disturbing thoughts of escaping the therapy.
Yoga as an Adjunct Therapy for Addiction Recovery
Yoga is one of the purest forms of exercise that does not only provide mental stability but also plays a great role in improving physical balance, bodily functions and aids in curing different ailments. This physical activity helps in recovering from the treatment and lessening the side effects of different life threatening diseases.
The advantages of yoga is not just limited to the cure of ailments or to provide mind and body relaxation but it helps a great deal in the process of recovery from addiction. The vital part of this therapeutic exercise is its ability to connect mind and body with the help of several asanas (physical postures), breathing and relaxing procedures. The practice of yoga is very advantageous for those who are under recovery process from addiction. It provides great opportunities to pursue remedial wellness with the help of relaxed and clear state of mind along with profound spiritual healing.
Reports have claimed that stress and addiction are interrelated; mostly people come under stress due to work, social or family issues and due to influence of drug, alcohol or nicotine usage. Different clinicians and doctors came up with a solution to incorporate healthy and stress releasing techniques as a part of rehabilitation to fight stress for such patients. Several researches have been conducted regarding the issue of substance use and stress. According to the research conducted by the U.S. Dept. of Health and human services it had been claimed that almost 22 million people living in America goes through addiction which not only affect their emotional state of mind but also financially harm them and their family. However the increase of holistic therapies in rehabilitation centers has proven to be very beneficial. Some of the rehabilitation centers rely on simple meditating and breathing practices while others only incorporate beginners’ level asanas and postures that can be performed by any person that has not performed yoga before.
The aim of incorporating these activities in rehabilitation centre is to promote healthy living and make them take care of their bodies that have been ruthlessly abused because of the frequent drug use. It will also help addicts in providing skills that they ought to learn in order to get rid of uncomfortable feeling and the need to use drug which can lead them back to the life of addiction. Addicts find drugs and other substance usage a hide out from all their troubles and worries. It is a psychological escape and an easy way out for them. However if yoga is performed on regular basis it can change the negativity into a positivity and can restore their will power, peace of mind along with integrating their mind spirit and soul. Poses like Viparita Karani, Apanasana and Savasana can help in surrendering to the higher power and letting the inner self go which can result in release of stress, improvement in flow of blood and energy that can help in soothing muscles and can help addicts to recover.
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