An increasing number of people have found promise in combining yoga with traditional 12-step programs.
Mounting evidence supports the effectiveness of yoga and mindfulness meditation for treating and preventing addictive behaviors.
Yoga makes a natural companion to 12-Step based recovery because it shares many of the same goals and teaches participants how to achieve those goals.
Whether it’s found through the Twelve Steps or yoga's bodymind approach, or a combination , the experience of spiritual well-being seems to be the key to helping many people break the cycle of addiction in their lives.
Yoga is increasingly being used in substance abuse treatment programs and throughout recovery to help prevent relapse, reduce withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings, and provide a healthy outlet to cope with potential triggers and daily life stressors.