Substance abuse in the nation today has changed and grown from the problem it was prior to the turn of the century. Now, crisis after crisis has been occurring in the name of prescription drug abuse and addiction. Today, more people die from prescription drug abuse than from all other drugs combined, and more people are addicted to prescription drugs than all other drugs combined. Oddly enough, the drug that causes the most upset and the most harm has been a drug that is totally legal, totally approved, and something that is in fact heavily marketed in the nation and is thought to be good or beneficial for Americans.

The nation is in a bad way when the most addictive, most damaging, most deadly, and most dangerous drugs are legal and easily accessible. For this reason, a lot of faith has been lost in medical forms of addiction treatment. Medical rehab programs will often use other drugs to help clients come down off of the drugs that they are addicted to. However, this trading of one drug for another never really works, and it even has a name, Replacement Drug Therapy.

For these reasons and then some, more Americans today have been reaching out to holistic drug and alcohol addiction rehabilitation centers to help them address their drug problems. These types of centers have held the key to a salvation from addiction that has nothing to do with using other drugs at any point of the rehabilitation process. These types of centers are completely drug free, and they use totally natural, holistic, safe, and physically very beneficial methods of rehabilitating people from addiction.

Yoga as it is Used in Addiction Rehab

Yoga is one of the methods used in a holistic approach to drug and alcohol addiction rehabilitation. Yoga is quite helpful for anyone who is recovering from addiction and has been for quite some time. The method is very beneficial to say the least and a lot of recovering addicts choose to go on and continue to practice Yoga after they complete treatment.

Yoga is universally applicable to addiction and it always has been, though the United States has only recently seen it begin to come about in its rehabs. While there are many styles of yoga, from hatha yoga (often the term used for beginning yoga), to restorative yoga, to hot yoga (done in a heated room), and ashtanga yoga (a very specific style of yoga that incorporates a lot of movement and balance), each program incorporates some of the core poses of yoga and some level of the spiritual calmness and mentality of Yoga.

How a person’s breathing is connected to their movement, and how a person will flow in his or her movement from one pose to another, can vary in the different styles of Yoga and all that they involve. Yoga teaches peace of mind, comfort of thought, self-confidence and self-preservation, inner peace, cognitive thought, and many other skills to those who practice it, and it has become eternally useful in addiction rehabilitation for these reasons.

Yoga exercise is unique and especially beneficial for drug and alcohol addiction rehab in that it works the entire body plus the mind in most programs that it applies to. While running, lifting weights or swimming might be viewed as repetitive actions which have limited benefit to addiction recovery, the movements of yoga work different muscles at different times in various ways while also continuously working the mind. Perhaps for this reason and for its versatility, yoga has been credited with restoring health and vitality for individuals with a number of physical conditions, chemical drug or alcohol dependence being one of them. Yoga has even assisted with chronic pain relief for many who practice its methods, which is also greatly beneficial for recovering addicts who had been addicted to pain management drugs.

A Society Trapped by Pill Addiction

Drug and alcohol addiction today to a greater or lesser degree has taken on the name of prescription drug addiction and substance abuse in genera. This crisis has for some time been getting worse and worse partially thanks to a more than three-hundred percent increase in the production, distribution, and proliferation of prescription drugs into the hands of the American people by American pharmaceutical companies. For example:

  • Recent increases and surges in the annual number of persons in the United States who used heroin or opiate pills for the first time have raised concerns that prior non-medical use of prescription pain relievers may have led to heroin use in many people. The problems with the two going up in tandem are pretty noticeable. Pooling data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) conducted annually from 2002 through 2011, the study finds that the recent (12 months preceding interview in fact) heroin incidence rate was 19 times higher among those who reported prior non-medical pain reliever (NMPR) use than among those who did not (0.39 vs. 0.02 percent). This really shows it clearly that those who use pills also use heroin, and that they go back and forth between these substances a lot.
  • Overdose deaths due to prescription opioid pain relievers have more than tripled in the past 20 years alone, escalating to 16,651 deaths in the United States in the year of 2010. All in all, the use and abuse of these drugs is now the most concerning aspect of drug and alcohol abuse and addiction in the nation today.
  • The number of overall past-year heroin users in the United States nearly doubled between 2005 and 2012, from 380,000 to 670,000 alone. Heroin abuse in fact, like prescription opioid abuse, is dangerous both because of the drug’s addictiveness and because of the high risk for overdosing that one could experience because of it. In the case of heroin too, this danger is compounded by the lack of control over the purity of the drug injected and its possible contamination with other drugs as well (such as fentanyl, a very potent prescription opioid that is also abused by itself too).
  • All of the factors that go along with prescription drug abuse increase the risk for overdosing, since the user can never be sure of the amount of the active drug (or drugs) being taken in them. In 2010 for example, there were 2,789 fatal heroin overdoses, approximately a 50 percent increase over the relatively constant level seen during the early 2000s. Again in 2015 these issues went up again with more than 5,000 Americans dying.

Using Yoga to Win Against Addiction

Because of the above statistics on addiction that come about from medical dependence to drugs and alcohol a lot of faith has been lost in medical rehab centers, and a lot of people now look to holistic rehab centers that use Yoga and other drug-free, natural addiction rehabilitation approaches. These have become truly beneficial and useful now and probably will continue to be so. Yoga helps a lot because it exercises the person physically and mentally. It helps ease the body from chemical dependence and it helps ease the mind too with the spiritual segments to the practice. All in all, this approach to addiction recovery is quite beneficial and can be done in such a way that does not involve any types of drugs or other potentially addictive substances.

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