Addiction affects the way a person takes care of him or herself. The addiction takes over every aspect of life and takes priority over all responsibilities. When a person is living with an addiction, they often forget about self-care. An addicted brain needs to be clear of toxic substances and retrained to function normally. Yoga and meditation are effective tools to use for clearing the mind before and throughout recovery.
Yoga in addiction treatment helps to alleviate stress and despair, especially during recovery. Yoga employs breathing techniques and other ways to bring deep relaxation while clearing the mind of toxic substances. Tommy Rosen wrote about the benefits of yoga in recovery for the Huffington Post and said, “The physical practice of yoga, along with breath practices, serves to detoxify the body and to calm the mind. Yoga improves circulation and lung capacity, it stretches and strengthens muscles, it helps to work out the organs and improves digestion and it regulates the nervous and endocrine systems. You will simply be more comfortable in your mind and body if you practice yoga. For this reason, I consider yoga to be a central and necessary component of recovery from addiction.” Yoga will not end addiction or relieve stress of family codependency, but is very helpful to the recovery process.
Yoga helps to establish connections with family and acquaintances, but more importantly, with yourself. Addiction causes a loss of connections, but yoga allows you to get to know yourself and find meaning and purpose in a life of sobriety. Maintaining mindfulness contributes to the healing of the mind, body, and soul after addiction. A clear, healthy mind promotes good mental and physical health. Yoga has a healing energy and is not forced, but a way of allowing healing.
Breathing techniques and mediation are important components of yoga healing. It incorporates deep sleep relaxation and internal recharging. Breathing is proven to make people healthier by changing the human nervous system. Meditation is a strong tool for recovery.
Yoga works for family members who are affected by their loved one’s addiction. Chronic stress can be deadly. Yoga helps to alleviate stress and restore connections with self and family. Reaping the benefits of yoga requires commitment. There is no cure for addiction. However, there is hope for recovery.
Do not let addiction destroy your life. If you or a loved one struggles with addiction, get help today. Nexus Recovery Services specializes in addiction treatment and encompasses holistic therapy for the mind, body, and soul with a focus on staying active and connected to nature. Our mission is to provide tools and support for every client’s seamless transition into a meaningful and fulfilling life of sobriety. We offer a free and confidential consultation. Call us to get started: 888-855-6877