Yoga is an effective practice within addiction treatment providing many benefits to aid the recovery process.
Yoga is designed to help a person connect with inner resources that can help to overcome addiction while improving mindfulness, self-control, and acceptance. Yoga can be a means to release physical, mental, and emotional tension rather than other ways resulting in negative consequence.
Yoga has the ability to help individuals relax, focus on their breathing, and let go of outside influences. For many, addiction is often a way to fill a void or cope with stress or pain. Yoga combined with other therapies helps individuals to find new, healthier ways of coping with stress and other negative experiences.
Yoga has become an essential tool in many people’s recovery as it helps with impulse control, personal awareness, and self-discipline.
The skills that yoga teaches can easily be incorporated into an individual’s life, aiding a sustainable healthy well-being and on-going recovery journey.
Nutritional therapy is the application of nutrition and health science.
An individual’s diet can often take low priority when suffering with issues of addiction with subsequent negative effects on the body.
Through the use of dietary and lifestyle changes, nutritional therapy aims to maximise an individual’s health potential for the recovery process. It can help to alleviate and address a wide range of conditions including low energy, depression and anxiety, stress and improves general well-being.
It is important to consume a balance of nutrients every day. Each food choice that is made - a meal, a snack or something grabbed in a hurry, has an impact on the body in a positive or a negative way. Nutritional therapy can help individuals to realise how changes to their diet and lifestyle can be incorporated into their everyday life and recovery.
What individuals eat is fundamental to how they feel. They are more likely to achieve a sustained recovery if they feed their body with the right nutrients.
Massage ranks among some of the world’s oldest healing traditions. Research carried out by many institutions has found that massage can have profound and lasting benefits for the body.
Massage can be particularly helpful in the treatment of addiction in a variety of ways. Massage is pleasurable for most people, and triggers the release of happiness hormones like dopamine and endorphins. It can play a unique and important part in reawakening these reward and pleasure pathways in the nervous system previously stimulated through negative means. It is important in early recovery to identify that there are other sources of pleasure available.
Further benefits of massage are that it allows individuals to feel safe and relaxed, which leads to a decrease in the levels of stress hormones like cortisol in the blood. This helps to lower stress levels, reduce anxiety and aids a healthy sleep pattern all of which are important components in the recovery process.
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction, relaxation and promotes healing energies. Recovery can be a rollercoaster of emotions and feelings. This is particularly true in early stages when an individual is attempting to learn how to live life and process their thoughts without the aid of mood or mind-altering substances. When integrating Reiki into one’s life, this roller coaster ride can slow down. The ups become much more enjoyable, and the downs become easier to overcome.
Reiki effects Energy in the mind and body, which can directly influence a person’s ability to make positive choices. For people with issues of addiction, it is imperative that these energy levels are well maintained.
Reiki also aids states of relaxation, allowing stress and tension to be filtered out, which is beneficial in recovery. Other notable benefits include improved confidence and self-esteem, providing an enhanced sense of self, purpose and direction.
Meditation is simply a method of training the mind to become peaceful. It helps individuals to detach from thoughts and observe and calm the self. The practice is a tool which teaches a person to put distance between themselves and their impulses.
This pause between urge and action actually encourages the brain to rewire and helps establish new behaviours. Those suffering with issues of addiction learn how to calm and soothe themselves in a positive way.
Meditation helps the addicted mind in noticing, observing and detaching from cravings. It strengthens the ability to focus attention allowing individuals to let go of stressors, and manage emotions.
Addiction treatment can often raise issues that might require a specialist counsellor. Such issues might include Bereavement or trauma. There are various forms of therapies that fall under the counselling umbrella from psychotherapy to EMDR.
Acquiesce utilise a range of counsellors to meet individual need. All are certified and BACP registered counsellors that are specialised in their field.