Using Yoga Therapy as a Part of Addiction Recovery

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According to the 2014 NSDUH (National Survey on Drug Use and Health), 1 in 10 people ages 12 years old or older had used illicit drugs in the past 30 days. It could be drugs that are illegal to process, sell, or consume—like cocaine or heroin—or it could be the misuse or unauthorized use of prescription drugs.

Addiction recovery is a team effort, and it takes a carefully developed combination of therapies to ensure optimum success. In addition to traditional treatments, adjunct activities like yoga therapy have been found to be very effective.

The Benefits of Using Yoga Therapy

In addition to the physical benefits of yoga therapy, such as strengthening muscles and increasing flexibility, the emotional and psychological benefits can also greatly enhance other treatment services through yoga’s meditative facet and focus on mindfulness.

Anyone who practices yoga therapy may experience benefits such as:

  • Improved sleep patterns
  • Increased energy
  • Emotional healing
  • Improved anger and emotional management
  • Pain relief
  • Heightened self-awareness and self-esteem
  • Awakening a life balance

Types of Yoga

No two people are the same, and likewise, no addiction recovery program should be the same. For most people, yoga will probably not be a stand-alone therapy, but rather combined with proven treatment services like cognitive behavioral therapy and group therapy.

And just as no two treatment services are the same, there are different types of yoga to try, so you can select the one that works best for you. Some of the most popular types of yoga therapy are:

  • Ashtanga
  • Power Yoga
  • Kali Ray
  • Vinyasa Flow
  • Yin Yoga

Addiction Recovery Services

Your journey to better living starts now. Contact Summit Malibu to discuss your concerns about your addiction recovery, or for someone near and dear to you. Our people and facilities are here to help you heal.