Month: December 2018

The Top 5 Benefits of Yoga

1. Calming Effect

A key benefit associated with yoga practice is the calming effect. Yoga uses a variety of techniques throughout a single session, including deep breathing and meditation, which can help reduce stress and calm the mind.

Individuals recovering from substance abuse can find it tempting to abuse a substance when facing a stressful or challenging situation. By calming the mind with yoga, deep breathing and meditation, the stress levels reduce and the temptation to use a substance is eliminated or reduced.

2. Improved Immune Health

According to Psychology Today, a key reason that yoga can help with addiction recovery is the impact on the immune system. Using drugs and alcohol can have a negative impact on the health of the body. Certain vitamins and minerals may be at very low levels due to a gradual and persistent drain from the substances. The immune system may be very weak as a result of substance abuse, poor dietary habits and the impact of the substance on the body.

Yoga can help improve and strengthen the immune system so that it is possible to improve the overall health of the individual using drugs or alcohol. A strong immune system means that it is possible to focus on complex grief treatment and avoid sicknesses that may cause distractions.

3. Reduced Cravings

Cravings for drugs or alcohol can occur at unexpected times. A variety of situations may trigger the craving for a particular substance. Although stress is a key factor that impacts cravings, other emotional states of mind can also act as a trigger.

Yoga allows individuals to turn inward and focus on their thoughts and emotional state. By focusing on that one moment, the emotional trauma, stress or other negative emotions can be reduced. Cravings will also reduce as the mind and body become stronger and the emotional responses are under control.

4. Better Sleep

Yoga will improve the quality of sleep that one can expect. During treatment and recovery from substance abuse, the person using a particular drug often has difficulty sleeping or may have changes to sleep patterns that cause a variety of challenges.

Yoga can help improve the quality of sleep that an individual experiences. This makes it much easier to focus on recovering from substance abuse.

5. Lower Rates of Relapse

Getting into a routine of yoga practice can lower the risk of relapse once treatment is finished. When compared to other therapies, the soft movements of yoga accompanied with meditation as part of the practice has a positive impact on the mental state and body of the those who practice.

Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse

Excessive drinking will detrimentally affect all organs, especially the brain, liver and heart. Alcohol is a depressant that is quickly absorbed into the blood upon reaching the stomach.

Although the liver is capable of metabolizing alcohol, it is not able to metabolize large amounts of alcohol, which is why we get feel intoxicated if we drink don’t wait awhile between drinks.

People who are addicted to alcohol generally exhibit the following behaviors:

-They drink alone
-They become aggressive, combative and violent when drunk
-They continue drinking even though it causes serious problems with their family relationships, ability to maintain employment and health
-They will vehemently deny they are abuse alcohol when confronted about their drinking habits
-They will blame others for their drinking or make excuses for why they drink (financial problems, divorce)
-They avoid going to social gatherings unless alcohol is provided
-They neglect their personal hygiene
-They will develop severe withdrawal symptoms such as shaking, trembling and flu-like symptoms unless they have alcohol in their system/ so called “symptoms of alcoholism“/
-They will think about nothing but getting a drink

Unless alcoholics seek treatment for their addiction, the long-term outlook for them is grim. Most will get arrested numerous times for alcohol-related offenses, most will lose their jobs and some may end up homeless and involved in violent street activity.

In addition, the mental and physical health of untreated alcoholics deteriorates rapidly. Early onset of dementia, heart disease, stroke, liver and kidney disease and a host of psychiatric issues await alcoholics who continue drinking.

Standard treatment for alcoholism involves several stages:

-Detoxification
-Individual and group counseling
-Psychotherapy
-Recovery

Serenity Malibu Rehab patients may also receive medications that can help curb cravings and reduce the anxiety associated with abstinence. For example, a drug called disulfiram is often prescribed after patients successfully complete the detoxification phase and have no alcohol in their body.

Disulfiram interferes with the way the liver metabolizes alcohol so if the patient in recovery does drink alcohol, the patient will suffer adverse physical affects such as vomiting, nausea and blurry vision. In other words, drinking becomes an unpleasant rather than desirable experience when taking disulfiram.