Yoga and meditation facilitate full-body wellness, help build physical strength and endurance, promote relaxation, and encourage mindfulness.
At The Raleigh House of Hope, we encourage our clients to participate in yoga and meditation to support treatment and recovery.
The Bhagavad Gita describes yoga as being the mind’s ability to treat success and failure with equanimity. When put into a recovery context, this philosophy helps clients navigate the difficult journey towards sobriety in a nonjudgmental manner so that they can concentrate fully on the healing process.
Yoga is a practice that uses physical poses and mental exercises to achieve heightened physical, emotional, and spiritual strength and clarity. Physical exercises involve holding unfamiliar and challenging physical postures to increase mental focus, physical strength, and perseverance.
Meditation is part of yoga practice. Meditation therapy involves employing guided or unguided techniques to achieve relaxation and expand consciousness for a therapeutic effect.
Meditation is a mental exercise that is typically performed in the yogic context, though physical poses aren’t necessarily part of the practice. While there are different valid methods for pursuing a meditative state, the act of meditation generally involves using deep, focused breathing to calm the mind and quiet the thought processes that trigger emotional disharmony.
Yoga and meditation offer numerous benefits to people pursuing recovery from substance use disorders. Yoga has long been found to be effective in managing the stress response and even mitigating feelings of depression. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine published a report finding that yoga poses and techniques accelerate the production of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which might help to reduce symptoms of withdrawal.
Practicing yoga is especially beneficial for clients receiving cognitive-behavioral therapy for co-occurring disorders. Numerous studies have indicated that practicing yoga could be highly beneficial for people struggling with depression, which can be a contributing factor in substance misuse.
All yoga offers therapeutic potential. However, yoga and meditation therapy involve employing yoga practices, breathing, postures, mental exercises, and more to target the client’s particular mental, physical, and spiritual needs.
Therapeutic yoga and meditation can be practiced in numerous ways, though the client’s specific needs dictate the most effective strategy. A mental health professional will offer guidance on the following yoga and meditative approaches:
At The Raleigh House, we provide clients with individualized treatment plans based upon the length of their addictions, their co-occurring disorders, degree of dependency, type of substance, and physical health. By providing an entirely personalized experience for our clients, we are able to achieve highly successful outcomes.
The Raleigh House offers a comprehensive suite of therapeutic interventions designed to promote whole-body healing from substance misuse. Through targeted, in-depth interventions using experiential therapies, recreational therapies, animal-assisted psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and much more, we help a diverse population of clients manage their drug and alcohol misuse effectively.
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