Using Yoga of 12 Step Recovery for Addiction Treatment
When in tandem with drug and alcohol addiction treatment, yoga is a powerful tool in the fight against addiction. The mental benefits of practicing yoga are just as beneficial as the physical aspects. When patients practice yoga, they become in-sync with their bodies, learn helpful breathing techniques, and ground themselves in the moment.
Yoga therapist Lynn McCormick at Bracebridge Hall teaches all our patients how to create this self-awareness.
I help them focus their energy inward, so each individual can tune in and notice how they’re feeling and know that they’re OK with the sensations they’re feeling. One of the favorite classes taught here is called Y12SR, which is yoga of12-step recovery. This practice is similar to the 12-step meeting format. We pick a topic, such as acceptance. We read the description of this word in the Big Book, then go around the room and discuss acceptance. Then we’ll set that as our intention as we move through yoga practice. Having an intention is what sets yoga apart from other types of exercise.”
– McCormick says
Connecting the mind, body, and spirit keeps the person present in the moment. All of this can aid in relapse prevention, cut back on withdrawal symptoms and urges or cravings, and create a new healthy habit for patients to help them cope with stress or triggers.
Yoga of 12 Step Recovery has several potential benefits, such as:
Strengthening a patient’s mindfulness and mentality clarity produces a calm mind, even in moments of high stress – like when fighting a trigger or stressful event. Yoga practice teaches patients to remain present in the moment, even when there are uncomfortable thoughts or feelings in the mind or body. Learning this method of staying present can help patients break free of their addictions.
Confidence can be a huge factor in addictive behaviors; therefore, it’s essential to work on self-esteem and self-image during addiction treatment. Committing to yoga practice can build the confidence and assurance needed to fight addiction.
Lucas Rockwood of YOGABODY says this about building confidence to help aid in recovery: “Gaining skills builds confidence, which builds pride, which builds excitement, which builds this virtuous positive circle of practice.”
When it comes to beating addiction, every achievement counts as a move in the right direction, whether it’s finally getting that yoga pose or simply having a good day. Yoga helps patients stay motivated as they make their way on the road to recovery.