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Yoga for Addiction Recovery

At New Leaf Detox & Treatment, we focus on more than just treating your addiction; we concentrate on healing the mind, body, and soul. Our yoga treatment therapy in San Juan Capistrano combines breath work and meditation that relieves stress and encourages physical and emotional healing. Using holistic therapies for treating substance abuse is a great, non-medical way of receiving the help you need in overcoming your addiction. Yoga is one of the most popular holistic therapy types and can be continued after you leave treatment. The discipline has been known to help prevent relapse, reduce anxiety, and manage mental health disorders.
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What is Yoga?

Contrary to popular belief, yoga is not a religion, a variety of people worldwide practice it. It was founded in ancient India and is used to strengthen the mind, body, and spirit while creating a balance between the three. Essentially it is a practice that involves breathing exercises, yoga poses (stretches), and meditation. Practicing yoga has proven to help with addiction recovery as it teaches patients how to resist cravings and let fo of their desires. It trains the mind and body both concentration and control, which will help patients ignore potential relapse triggers.

Yoga therapy is an evidence-based practice that has proven to better a person’s overall health. It has shown to minimize stress, improve flexibility, lower blood pressure, help with weight loss, strengthen the body, increase positive thinking, improve the immune system, promote spiritual awareness, and much more.

Using Yoga for Addiction Rehab

Studies have shown that an estimated 27 million people suffer from some form of substance abuse, with relapse rates as 80 to 95 percent. As an increasing problem across the globe, different strategies to combat it have been extensively researched. Yoga has shown positive results in helping people overcome their addiction, as its focus is on improving a person’s psychological and physical state.

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Yoga can help patients who struggle with cravings, temptations, or situational triggers to have more control over and tolerate these cravings. Using yoga practices, such as meditation, can provide relief to patients’ psychological and physical symptoms.

An increase in holistic practices has been seen in addiction treatment centers as they begin to focus on the patients as a whole rather than just treating the addiction.

Yoga practices are a complementary addition to traditional rehabilitation programs. It can be used in tandem with other therapies such as group therapy, behavioral therapy, and individual counseling.

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Benefits of Holistic Addiction Treatment

Holistic therapy is a non-medical form of treating a substance use disorder (SUD) and is often done in addition to traditional treatment types. The goal of holistic treatment is to bring the body, mind, and soul into alignment, thereby creating balance in a formerly unbalanced life. Holistic therapies are popular with addiction treatment centers, with roughly a third having incorporated some holistic treatment with regular rehab programs.  

Holistic treatment practices have also been proven to improve insomnia, help with addiction’s mental and physical symptoms, prevent relapse. It’s therapies support healthy living in a variety of ways, including:


Exercise and Recreational Therapy

Daily exercise or outdoor activities, such as yoga, helps to implement a routine and strengthen the body while at the same time relieve built-up stress. It also releases endorphins, a natural "high," and teaches patients that they can make their bodies feel good without abusing drugs and alcohol.


Nutritional Therapy

Keeping the body healthy is a critical aspect of addiction treatment. Healthy eating habits lead to recognizable healing, both physically and mentally. By developing good nutritional habits, patients will experience positive changes in their lives overall.


Massage and Acupuncture

Both of these practices help to relieve stress while also relaxing the body. Acupuncture is also known to restore balance in the body and support emotional stability.



Having a clear mind is critical to overcoming alcohol and drug abuse. Yoga or tai chi teaches patients meditative practices and increases their focus while also bringing clarity.

While this non-medical therapy has various benefits, it is usually best to use it in combination with more traditional practices found at addiction rehab centers.

Yoga & Other Holistic Therapies at New Leaf Detox & Treatment

At New Leaf Detox & Treatment, it is our desire to create the best treatment and quality care program possible. By providing yoga therapy and other holistic treatments, we can ensure that our patients receive help not just for their substance abuse, but for every aspect of their lives. At our San Juan Capistrano recovery center, we implement several holistic therapies that coincide with the other treatment practices.

When used together, we have seen longer-lasting results that show us we are creating effective treatment plans. These proven practices can help you build a better life built on healthy habits that will improve your mind and body.If you or a loved one are struggling with a substance use disorder, please call or contact us today and begin the recovery process.