According to an article published by the National Library of Medicine titled, “Role of Yoga in Management of Substance-use Disorders: A Narrative Review,” drug addiction is defined as a cluster of behavioral, physiological and cognitive phenomena during which drug use takes a higher priority than other, more productive behaviors. Substance abuse and dependence affect all areas of life, impacting social, occupational, familial, financial, physical and psychological domains. In order for drug dependence to be adequately treated, all of these domains must be addressed simultaneously. According to the article, the utilization of yoga in an addiction recovery setting can be extremely beneficial in helping clients heal comprehensively and avoid relapse long-term. This Eastern mind-body practice is now considered evidence-based, meaning that its effectiveness has been repeatedly proven by numerous studies.
An article published in a 2017 issue of Social Work Today titled, “Yoga for Addiction – Tapping the Body’s Wisdom” show us that yoga combines breathing exercises, strength exercises, a variety of physical postures (or asanas) and mindfulness, resulting in a wide range of benefits for men and women who are recovering from substance abuse disorders. At Guardian Recovery Network we have repeatedly seen the benefits of yoga therapy in action. Many of our clients decide to maintain a personal practice once they graduate from our program of clinical care. For more information, call us today.