Yoga: Clients participate in gender responsive yoga therapy weekly. Studies have shown that yoga increases the levels of the neurotransmitter GABA, which is low in individuals that suffer from stress, anxiety, depression and substance abuse. Yoga takes advantage of the brain’s neuroplasticity, which is often the same characteristic that makes change so difficult. Depression, anxiety, stress, and other negative emotions activate the body’s nervous system in addition to emotional regions of the brain. The body eventually settles into these patterns, and even if the mind has insight, the body will continue to activate these physiological patterns unless this insight is embodied—literally. While traditional therapies work only with the mind, yoga works with the mind and body simultaneously, allowing for the embodiment of insights (Ricchuito, D. Yoga as an adjunct therapy for substance use Vol.12 No.5 P.8).
Yoga offers numerous benefits in the addiction recovery process and is available through West Coast Recovery Centers. To learn more about our residential treatment programs, where yoga is offered, as well as our outpatient options, contact West Coast Recovery Centers at 855-927-2687.