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How Yoga Can Help With Drug and Alcohol Recovery

Yoga Is A Great Part of Recovery

Yoga is becoming more and more commonplace at rehab facilities, intensive outpatient (IOP) facilities, and a component of therapy. Yoga studios themselves are beginning to train instructors to teach recovering addicts. The reason behind this is the proven benefit of yoga on recovery and helping people abstain from their drug of choice.

Many principles of yoga go hand in hand with the principles we try to teach the people who come into treatment centers. Mindfulness, presence of mind, awareness – just to name a few. The whole idea of yoga is that it’s a practice that begins on your yoga mat – for an hour or however long you practice – and it then slowly begins to infiltrate into other areas of your life off the mat – in how you treat your body, situations you encounter, how you think about things, and how you choose to live your life.

Yoga Principles Assist With An Addict’s Thought Process

Self-discipline is one of the biggest parts of a solid yoga practice, and an essential piece of staying sober as well. Most drug addicts and alcoholics lack discipline because of the internal turmoil that they suffer. The self-discipline and structure required to maintain a solid yoga practice can help teach them to think about things like consequences and how their behaviors can affect themselves and others. This also includes mindfulness, which is a practice of thinking through your actions.

A steady yoga practice brings you in-tune with your body. It creates more of an awareness of what is going on, how things you eat and drink and do make you feel, and how your mood and how you internalize certain situations can make you feel. A heightened awareness of these things can give you a greater sense of self-worth and self-love. Addicts often lack these qualities and think they deserve to be punching bags, or even worse, to die.

Yoga Can Help Anyone Suffering From Addiction

Yoga teaches love in all forms. Self-love, compassion for others, loving kindness, and the idea that every being in the world is interconnected and our behaviors set off a chain reaction of similar behavior. So, learning this kind of behavior helps addicts treat their bodies like an ally, not an enemy. As far as how they treat others – compassion helps them realize how their actions negatively impact friends, family, and loved ones. There is a concept in yoga called “Ahimsa”, or “non-harming”, which means to be conscious of not harming others in word, deed, or action. Practicing ahimsa consistently would lead an addict away from the selfish behaviors of full-fledged addiction.

As always, treatment for drug addiction is an extensive and comprehensive endeavor. Usually, it isn’t just one thing that will take care of the issue, but multiple factors and lifestyle changes, coupled with professional help. Yoga is a wonderful addition to addiction treatment in any phase – as prevention, treatment, and sobriety maintenance.

Popular Methods of Holistic Therapy

Popular Methods of Holistic Therapy

A number of holistic therapy practices are offered as part of treatment for addiction. In fact, holistically-based therapeutic methods have become increasing popular in Florida drug rehab centers over the course of the past several years, proving to be highly successful as supplements to standard therapy and evidence-based practices. We at Lighthouse Recovery Institute have been implementing several methods of holistic therapy, and the results have been quite impressive. Incorporation of such methods leads to a far more comprehensive recovery, and sets a significantly more solid foundation for lasting and fulfilled sobriety.

Holistically-Based Methods of Therapy and Rehabilitation

Here is an overview of some of the most popular types of holistic therapy practices.


Small, finely-tipped needles are inserted into specifically designated parts of the body, intended to improve the flow of vital energy. Acupuncture is most frequently used to relieve pain, but has also been proven extremely beneficial in helping to treat chronic illness (such as substance dependency). Many holistically-based treatment centers in South Florida have begun utilizing acupuncture as a supplemental form of therapy.


This form of holistic therapy is ideal for those who may be apprehensive to use needles. It is similar to acupuncture in theory, but simply uses the application of pressure rather than the puncturing of the skin. This form of therapy is usually used to treat tension and physical pain, but has been successful in helping to alleviate stress and anxiety.


Biofeedback therapy has become increasingly popular in more progressive treatment facilities throughout the country, and has proven extremely successful in helping recovering addicts maintain long-term sobriety. This therapeutic method uses state-of-the-art electronic equipment to monitor slight metabolic changes within the body. Patients learn to adjust their own state of being in order to improve issues related to stress, anxiety, insomnia, and drug addiction. They work to consciously visualize and imagine self-betterment while observing feedback that consists of both light and sound.


This form of therapy is most typically utilized in conjunction with another holistic method of healing, such as acupuncture, meditation, or massage. Essential oils, which are distilled from herbs and other plants, are either massaged into the skin or inhaled in order to promote relief from anxiety and an extensive list of other potential ailments.

Healing the Mind, Body, and Soul


Believe it or not, psychotherapy does qualify as holistic therapy – and it is one of the most effective and widely used forms of holistic therapy in treatment centers throughout the country. The bulk of standard inpatient treatment is made up of psychotherapy taking place in a group setting. In most cases, clients will also meet with a psychotherapist one-on-one for several hours per week.


This technique works by tapping into the subconscious mind, where suppressed memories and childhood trauma tend to dwell. Licensed hypnotherapists will work closely with patients, helping them to change their behaviors, emotions, and attitudes. Hypnotherapy has proven extremely successful in treating addicts and alcoholics who suffer from underlying trauma-related disorders.

Yoga Therapy

Yoga has become one of the most widely utilized forms of holistic therapy, and it extremely beneficial in helping addicts to connect their bodies and their minds. Throughout this practice, they learn to respect their physical forms and heal themselves through movement, breathing, and meditation.

There are many holistic therapy options available when it comes to drug rehab centers, and most of the treatment centers in Florida (including ours) have begun implementing a variety of these practices. For more information, please feel free to contact is at Lighthouse Recovery Institute today at 1-866-308-2090. We look forward to speaking with you soon!

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