What would you give to trade drug or alcohol abuse for something that felt better but had no negative effects? Practicing yoga as part of a well-rounded addiction recovery program can give you new coping mechanisms for everyday stress as well as for cravings and other symptoms that can derail drug or alcohol recovery.

Do not discount it because it appears to be gentle or easy or a bit too calm. Practicing yoga in Florida rehab will challenge you, both physically and psychologically, if you allow it to do so. For many, it is a lifelong pursuit that can help make difficult periods in life more bearable and the good times even better.

Seek a Safe, Completely Natural and Healthy “High”

It is not the same as the temporary fix you get from drugs or alcohol. The high that many people experience with regular yoga practice is good for you both physically and psychologically, and it lasts.

Recovering addict Steph Snyder writes for Hip Sobriety that yoga taught her to stop looking outside for the pleasure she wanted. Now, she looks inward instead. She is less reliant, she says, on artificial or “external stimuli.” Yoga fills her senses in a way that her drugs—alcohol and marijuana—never did.

Relax Better and Sleep More Deeply

Sleep disturbances are a common side effect of both addiction and addiction recovery, at least in the earliest stages. Maybe you use alcohol or a joint to unwind, or maybe your drug of choice is something much stronger. Either way, drugs are an unnatural relaxation tool and sleep aid that blanket symptoms, but they are still there once the drugs wear off.

With yoga, many people experience a deeper calm, better relaxation, and more restful sleep. According to Indigo International, the false and temporary calm of drugs can worsen any pre-existing or co-occurring conditions such as insomnia and anxiety. Yoga, in contrast, helps your body remember how to release anxiety and fall asleep naturally and sleep more soundly.

Experience Better Mental Clarity and Focus

In Florida rehab, you will face some things that you want to resolve and perhaps others that you would rather pretend did not exist. That is normal; treatment and recovery are not easy. Through yoga, you could find the presence of mind and clarity of thought to really deal with them instead of self-medicating or pushing them down.

Indigo International also explains that through regular yoga class, students say symptoms of ADHD improve. Considering that ADHD is a common co-occurring condition and one for which some addicts self-medicate, whether or not they realize it, yoga could bring steady relief from the symptoms without drug reliance.

Develop Self Control That Comes Naturally

Nobody wants to be an addict. If leaving behind drugs and alcohol were easy, the deadly opioid epidemic that is ravaging Florida might not exist at all. Through integrating yoga into your Florida rehab program, you could, as Steph Snyder suggests, develop “nerves of steel” and a level of self-control that comes more naturally.

How is that possible? She says it is due in part to the way Kundalini yoga “works with the central nervous system” almost like strength training in the gym, but for your nerves. She says panic attacks and fear that sometimes rear their head in recovery dissipated the more that she incorporated yoga into her life.

There is no magic cure-all for drug or alcohol addiction. However, there are therapies that can help, especially as part of a larger program that addresses co-occurring conditions (if any), personal history and triggers, and some of the deepest, most carefully hidden reasons you have come to rely on chemicals to feel better. Take advantage of what is available and you will have a better chance of freeing yourself for good.

If you or any of your loved ones are suffering from an addiction to alcohol, drugs, or both, there is help in a safe and healthy medically supervised environment. Florida rehab does not have to be painful or frightening. With a personal program designed for each individual, it can be a life-affirming and life-saving choice. Contact us today to discuss addiction treatment options.

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