Addiction affects both the body and the mind. Not only do those who struggle with substance use disorders have to work through physical dependence on drugs or alcohol, but they have to work through challenging emotions as well. Healing from addiction is possible, and the most effective addiction therapy programs include a variety of holistic and evidence-based approaches to help clients heal in every aspect of their lives. At A Better State, one of the holistic approaches we incorporate into our client’s treatment plans is yoga therapy. In our outpatient treatment center in New Hampshire, our yoga therapists work with clients to help them heal physically and emotionally.
What Is Yoga Therapy?
Yoga therapy is a form of treatment that uses the practices of yoga to address physical, mental, and emotional challenges. Yoga therapy can be used to treat a wide range of conditions, including addiction and co-occurring mental health conditions. This approach to treatment is holistic, which means that it considers the whole person rather than just addressing one aspect of their health.
Yoga involves both physical and mental exercises. The physical component of yoga, known as asana, involves moving the body into different postures. The mental component of yoga, known as pranayama, involves controlling the breath. In addition to these two aspects of yoga, there is also a spiritual component that can be explored through yoga. This spiritual component is known as dharma.
The Benefits of Yoga Therapy
Yoga therapy offers a wide range of benefits for those in addiction recovery. This holistic approach to treatment can help clients in the following ways:
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Manage cravings
- Improve sleep
- Increase self-awareness
- Enhance well-being
- Boost self-esteem
- Increase physical strength and flexibility
What makes yoga therapy such an effective treatment tool? First, the physical postures of yoga help to release the body’s stored tension and stress. This can be especially helpful for those who are in recovery, as stress and anxiety are common triggers for cravings. Second, controlling the breath through pranayama helps to calm the mind and manage emotions. This can be especially beneficial for those who struggle with intense emotions or who have been through trauma. Finally, yoga therapy can help to connect individuals with their personal values and purpose. This can be helpful for those who are working to create a new life in recovery.
Yoga therapy is an effective treatment tool for addiction because it addresses the whole person. If you are interested in incorporating yoga into your treatment plan, reach out to A Better State today.
What to Expect in a Yoga Therapy Program
At A Better State, our yoga therapists work with clients to create an individualized treatment plan. This treatment plan will consider your unique needs and goals. During a typical session, our yoga therapists will lead you through a series of movements. Your current fitness level does not matter, as the movements can be modified to meet your needs. Breathwork and meditation may also be included in your session.
Yoga therapy complements other treatment modalities, such as individual therapy and group therapy. At A Better State, it’s always part of a comprehensive treatment plan that also includes evidence-based approaches, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy.
Learn More About Yoga Therapy at A Better State
If you are interested in incorporating yoga therapy into your addiction treatment plan, reach out to A Better State today. Our team of experts can help you learn more about this holistic approach to treatment and how it can benefit you or your loved one. Connect with our team at 781.412.1488 or reach out online to learn more.