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Yoga has many therapeutic benefits that many are not aware of. In general, yoga is a great way to relieve stress. When going through treatment for an addiction, this can be a great benefit. Coping strategies are a large focus in an addiction treatment program. Stress can be a major contributor to mental health disorders and lead to substance use disorders when people turn to self-medication to manage the emotional roller coaster they may be on. Avoiding the risk of relapse is the goal of any addiction treatment program. Arming yourself with tools that you can use anytime you need to will support lifelong recovery. It's time to become more familiar with the benefits of yoga therapy for addiction recovery. Want to know more? Call SARC today at 866-957-7885.

What Is Yoga Therapy?

Yoga has numerous general health benefits and is sought after as a relaxing practice. These benefits can assist with everyday life as well as support someone recovering from an addiction. The practice of yoga creates very calming effects, which helps manage stress associated with substance use and mental health disorders. Some treatments that are part of addiction treatment can only be experienced at a treatment facility or through a therapeutic professional, but yoga can be practiced pretty much anytime and anywhere. It is actually highly recommended as part of an aftercare program once you leave an addiction treatment program.

Yoga therapy is led by a certified yoga instructor in either an individual or group setting. In addition to the actual physical practice, an instructor will educate participants on the mental and physical benefits of the practice and highlight how it supports their addiction recovery. The stretching that is part of yoga helps to release tension, improve flexibility, and focus on meditation.

Benefits of Yoga Therapy for Addiction Recovery

The benefits of yoga therapy as part of addiction treatment and recovery are many.

1. Better willpower

Managing an addiction takes lots of self-control. Triggers are everywhere and cravings can become so strong that it is nearly impossible not to fall victim to using substances. Experiential therapies like yoga give those in recovery a better chance of avoiding a relapse.

2. Better focus

Yoga works on not only your physical fitness but also your mental fitness. Staying sharp and focused will aid you in focusing on the positive and what you need to do to continue the path of recovery while avoiding the triggers of addiction. Staying focused on the present and future and not dwelling on the negatives of your past will better serve you for recovery success.

3. Improved self-confidence

Guilt is a powerful emotion, and it goes hand in hand with addiction. Yoga can help clear your mind of shame and allow more room for the positives in your life and how you will move forward to a more productive life, free of drugs and alcohol. Feeling good equals doing good.

4. Developing healthy habits

Being more mindful of your body is what yoga is all about. It allows you to slow down, pay better attention, and make improvements to your overall health. This heightened awareness also allows you to better deal with triggers when they present themselves.

5. A more positive outlook

Negative thoughts and patterns are a big part of what leads to addiction. Eliminating as much of this as possible through more positive approaches and practices is a great aid in the recovery process. Yoga supports this approach as the core of its practice.

Enroll in Yoga Therapy at SARC to Start Your Recovery Journey

Keeping your mind and body in the best shape you can while going through an addiction treatment program is paramount. At SARC, the treatment programs focus on treating the entire person, mind, body, and soul. Yoga is one of many therapeutic approaches that can make up a very unique and customized treatment plan.

Additional therapies available at SARC include:

  • Medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
  • Eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Animal-assisted therapy
  • Yoga therapy
  • Trauma therapy

To learn more about the benefits of yoga as part of addiction recovery, call the SARC treatment team today at 866-957-7885 or use our online contact form.

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