The benefits of yoga as part of recovery for addiction

Published: 15 May, 2017 | Service: Foundations Drug & Alcohol Services
The benefits of yoga as part of recovery for addiction

When you think of yoga you may think of seemingly impossible positions you need to contort your body, or perhaps you have dismissed it as a new age fad carried out by somewhat flaky people. But what about yoga as a treatment for addiction?

Thinking around treatments and interventions for supporting people overcoming addictions, such as alcohol and drugs, are now taking a more holistic approach and is one Foundations, who deliver drug and alcohol services in North East Lincolnshire, are embracing with great effect.  Foundations treatment service offers psycho-social interventions, substitute prescribing and therapeutic activities, including yoga.

Replacing negative activities and behaviours

You may be doubtful about the benefits of yoga to the recovery of alcohol or drug addiction. It is recognised, however, that a vital part of recovery and overcoming addiction is engaging in positive, meaningful activities, connecting with others and learning how to cope. This is where yoga fits in.

After testing out the concept of using yoga with service users, Foundations are now including yoga as part of their therapeutic activities.

Weekly yoga session, run by Claire Roach from The Yoga Studio, Abbeygate, Grimsby, consist of Yoga stretches, breathing exercises and guided meditation which supports the easing of aches and pains, stress, anxiety, anger and aids relaxation. Yoga is an excellent coping tool and provides an alternative way of dealing with emotions, rather than turning to alcohol or drugs.

Participation and feedback from clients has been excellent;

“Claire has encouraged me to do yoga in my spare time. It makes me feel fitter and healthier. I am more flexible and have more movement!"

"I feel like I am benefitting from the inside and out."

"I can see a big difference in my life. I am looking forward to seeing a difference in the future and the way my body will move."

If you are interested in learning more or struggling with addiction and would like to talk to someone call Foundations on 01472 571200 between 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday or call in to Foundations, Queen St, Grimsby DN31 1JA.

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Written by: Lucy Campbell

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