Substance Misuse

 Quotes from Clients:

“I feel warmer inside, calmer and more grounded.”

“Just one hour of yoga was a turning point. It calmed my mind back to working positively with my life.”


Yoga is a systematic method, with positive results, for increasing and maintaining physical and emotional health. It is clear from my experience that services users have really felt and realized the effects of yoga.


Yoga uses postures, breathing exercises, simple forms of meditation and relaxation techniques, which complement the service user's drug/alcohol treatment goals. It helps reverse some of the downward spirals they find themselves sliding down.


"Yoga requires consistent earnest effort over a long period of time."


How can it help?

  • Yoga provides a proactive and empowering set of tools for self management of physical and physiological symptoms giving us greater self awareness and self acceptance activating our innate healing capacities and deepening our sense of inner power
  • This enhances self-empowerment through encouraging thoughts and feelings to be observed, without the need to act on them. This in turn allows the service user to exercise more choice in their lives and to support change with compassion. Through this process, patience and tolerance are developed which ultimately leads to impulse control
  • This helps in stress management and developing alternative coping strategies for some of their drug/alcohol dependency issues
  • It elevates moods and creates a sense of well being; reduces anxiety and mood swings; strengthens feelings of joy & peace
  • It creates an energy that encourages motivation

In terms of the brain activity yoga techniques:

  • Increase alpha waves, promoting a more optimistic outlook
  • Increase the feel-good hormones prolactin and oxytocin and reduces the stress hormone cortisol
  • Inhibits the dopamine production and so helps decrease cravings


"I allow the strength to flow through me..."(mantra used in class)


When we take care of our body, mind and spirit we do not have to fill the void with outside desires. Yoga offers a chance to repair from the inside out and leaves us feeling stronger physically and mentally.

With each session we build up strength to break through old patterns, past conditioning and limiting self-beliefs, so we can face our challenges with equanimity and compassion. More specifically the classes encourage a connection with something that is bigger than ourselves – universe, nature, a god. Addiction creates a feeling of isolation, aloneness and disconnection: yoga cultivates a sense of connection, receptivity and open.

One client described how she had used yoga techniques learned at The Women’s Service in her police cell after she had been arrested and kept in custody overnight. This helped her to remain calm and to reduce anxiety while in the past her behaviour in custody had often been disruptive and unmanageable.


Download other information on yoga for addiction:

Yoga to Help with Addiction

Yoga for recovery

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