Substance Abuse Rehabilitation

Substance abuse causes substance addiction. It is a chronic disease characterized by the compulsive need to seek sub irrespective of its harmful effects. It causes lasting changes in the brain. In order to recover and undo effects of the substance, the individual and his family members must undertake rehabilitative measures. Rehabilitation helps encourage the addicted […]

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10 Things people who have over...

Alcohol addiction is more than just a drinking problem. It is a biological, progressive, chemical and a fatal disease. It can enlighten a sense of urgency and necessity due to its dependence but overcoming an addiction is so entrenched it is not an easy feat. People who have overcome addiction have been sailed two ships; […]

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Depression in Women

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The Family Impact: The social disadvantage and subordination of women on the one hand. And the rapid socio-cultural and economic changes on the other have significantly altered traditional structures and institutions within society. Such changes are invariably associated with social upheaval and drug abuse is a known outcome of such change. Drug abuse poses various […]

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Reinventing Mindful Eating

Reinventing Mindful Eating: Eating is an inevitable activity of everyday life. There was a time when this activity was carried on with utmost mindfulness, i.e. prayers were offered before beginning the meals, and after ending the meals slokas like Annapoorne Sada Poorne, Shankara Prana Vallabhe, Trayam were recited. Offering supplication (Du’ä) by Islam followers during the meal, […]

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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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