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Yoga for Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Yoga at Creative Care

Co-occurring substance use disorders leave individuals feeling physically, mentally, and spiritually broken. Yoga, essentially meditation in motion, is a means to attend to all three simultaneously. It strengthens muscles atrophied after years of non-use, promotes flexibility and balance, and alleviates insomnia. Practicing yoga also improves focus and inner awareness. Like other mindfulness interventions, yoga teaches us intuitively that craving are as impermanent as other feelings. We gain the ability to recognize them and let them pass. Yoga also relaxes as it heals, modulates stress response systems, and heals the mind-body connection.

The Efficacy of Yoga in Mental Health Treatment

There is a wealth of studies touting the benefits of yoga in mental health treatment, including treatment of co-occurring substance use disorders. A study by Witkiewitz and Bowen found that yoga and other mindfulness interventions was successful in significantly lowering rates of problematic substance use in 168 participants after a two-month follow-up period. Meanwhile, a randomized control pilot trial by Garland et al revealed that mindfulness training significantly reduced stress and thought suppression, increased physiological recovery from alcohol cues, and modulated alcohol attentional bias. Finally, a study by Hallgren et al showed yoga plus treatment as usual cut alcohol consumption in half compared treatment as usual.

Be Heard. Be Nurtured. Be Healed.™

Yoga is most effective in the dual diagnosis treatment when combined with psychotherapeutic methods such as psychodynamic or cognitive behavioral therapy. Creative Care blends such approaches in our individualized treatment plans designed to give clients the best chance at a successful and sustained recovery. Our team works alongside each client to determine the most constructive means to identify and address difficulties, understand interpersonal dynamics, and develop positive coping skills in place of dysfunctional behavior. A treatment plan may also include:

  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Mindfulness interventions and meditation
  • Activities groups
  • Psychological and diagnostic testing
  • Family therapy
  • Trauma therapy
  • Attachment-based therapy
  • Dialectical behavior therapy
  • Art therapy
  • EMDR

Our fully equipped staff, including a consulting psychiatrist, psychotherapists, registered nurses, counselors, and other highly trained professionals, works as a team to get to the root of each client’s needs. If you or someone you love is struggling with mental health, please give Creative Care a call today.