Teens and Drugs Abuse

“The average age of marijuana addiction is 23 in India and 13 in Bangalore” This is because the thirst and the thrill of trying new things is the bitter truth behind most of the teen’s drug abuse habit which becomes an addiction in future. In a hawk eye view- Regular marijuana use can cause a […]

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy f...

A study compared CBT to other psychological interventions found it to be more effective with other therapies and techniques examined. Also, mental health professionals have restated over years about CBT and medications to have been demonstrated as effective treatment methods for schizophrenia.   Cognitive-behavioral therapy for schizophrenia provides an additional treatment option for residual symptoms, […]

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Yes! Am a Schizophrenic so wha...

“If there is a survivor who conquered the everlasting nightmare of schizophrenia definitely he/she capable of waving his victory flag in all the unfortunate events in the life.” Hello, am Raj. A thriving and lucrative writer in a private organization and a fruitful survivor of schizophrenia. Whenever people meet me, they will bring a common […]

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Prescription Drug Addiction

Prescription drugs are only for the reason the doctor intended. Those are the drugs which are used for the medical purpose and most often as painkillers, anti-depressants, and sleeping pills. However, if those drugs are taken for a prolonged period or beyond the prescribed time then there a high risk of becoming dependents on them […]

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Schizophrenia Symptoms

Schizophrenia is not to be ignored! Do you know people affected with schizophrenia tend to become so suspicious that they go the extent of believing that medications can cause them harm?   It is estimated that 50 percent of the people can lead normal lives with schizophrenia, while 50 % need family or a medical […]

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Yoga and beating alcoholism

Alcoholism is the dependency on alcohol that has a physiological and psychological impact on a person’s life.

According to WHO, about 30% of Indians consume alcohol, out of which 4-13% are daily consumers and up to 50% of these, fall under the category of hazardous drinking. Another worrying trend from India is that the average age of initiation of alcohol use has reduced from 28 years during the 1980s to 17 years in 2007.

Overcoming alcohol addiction through Yoga

Yoga is very effective at regulating the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline. It is widely known that any imbalance of these hormones can create with anxiety disorders, depression, and stress disorder as well as substance abuse in a person.

These chronically high levels of hormones are toxic to the body and central nervous system, and it has been known for a very long time now that yoga can help reduce or balance the stress hormones in the body. And as you are less stressed, more are the chances of you depending less on alcohol or drugs to cope.

One of the best ways to beat alcoholism is to go through a de-addiction program at a rehabilitation facility. A rehabilitation facility provides you with the skills and training to go through the de-addiction process and ensures you do not relapse. With relapse rates higher than 40 percent globally, addiction specialists as well as those in recovery are turning to Yoga to help combat addiction effectively. Many rehabilitation facilities teach Yoga in some form or the other.

Some of the ways Yoga is used in helping addicts are:

Meditation – Meditation helps you both observe and train your mind. It is a powerful tool in which recovering addicts are encouraged to sit quietly and calm the body and mind with the breath, and experience feelings of peace and comfort. This can include Pranayama, Mindfulness meditation and many more variations.

Yogic Postures – Many facilities also incorporate and teach a series of Yogic postures that are simple for people who have never done yoga and who probably have not been physically active. These postures help addicts by giving them the skills they need to learn in order to help beat uncomfortable feelings and sensations that can potentially lead to relapses.

Today, Yoga has entered into a post-modern world and is taught in many forms. Power Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga etc., are all forms that will help anyone overcome the difficulties in becoming alcohol or drug-free.

If you or your loved one is suffering from alcohol addiction, it is a good time to think about Yoga and try your hand at learning it. It will definitely help you see things in the right perspective.

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