They’re part of a very long list of holistic therapies that are proving a hit with people recovering from addiction and more and more people are turning to holistic therapy for addiction recovery.
But it isn’t just about using holistic therapies for addiction.
Addiction isn’t just Addiction
Addiction itself potentially comes as a whole package of unwelcome things such as stress, anxiety, panic attacks, extreme mood swings, irritability, rage, low self- confidence and poor self- image…among other things.
Interest in yoga, as just a prime example, has soared over the last decade alone. Latest findings show there are over 10,000 yoga teachers registered with the British Wheel of Yoga (the official body appointed by Sports England).
A study in Complementary Therapies in Medicine reported that “skills, insights, and self-awareness learned through yoga and mindfulness practice can target multiple psychological, neural, physiological, and behavioral processes implicated in addiction and relapse [they could be used as] promising complementary therapies for treating and preventing addictive behaviors.”
The narrative review went on to say that although yoga derives from the Brahmans in Northern Indian and mindfulness stems from Buddhist philosophy, both are being used more and more as part of secular healthcare treatments. It’s no wonder more people are becoming aware of the benefits of holistic therapies – they’re being referred to mindfulness sessions by their GPs!
Yoga and mindfulness techniques help ease anxiety by promoting a sense of calm and ‘living in the moment.’ Something which is very important to a lot of people with various addictions – taking each day as it comes.
And not to mention yoga can keep you fit. Just think of how that can help alter our self image and raise our self confidence!
Growing Use of Acupuncture
Acupuncture has also earned its place as a holistic therapy in addiction recovery.
Ian Appleyard, Course Director of Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture at London South Bank University, recently discussed acupuncture as a potential complementary therapy on BBC World Radio:
He said, “Despite its growing popularity in the Western world, acupuncture is yet to become fully integrated in the UK health system.”
“There is much greater acceptance of acupuncture now than when I first became interested in acupuncture 20 years ago; this is primarily based on positive patient reports to local GP’s.”
This isn’t much of a surprise considering there was reported evidence that acupuncture may indeed act as a supporting treatment for depression and anxiety.
The Addiction Recovery Guide also supported this with a useful section on the scientific studies that support acupuncture for addiction. People are turning to acupuncture for cocaine addiction, smoking cessation and other substance abuse issues.