Chapters Capistrano Encourages Yoga as Integral Part of Addiction Recovery, Mental Health Efforts

Clients who engage in yoga and exercise as part of their recovery from addiction may experience physical, mental, and emotional benefits, says Chapters Capistrano.

Overcoming addiction and preventing relapse requires a multifaceted treatment approach. It is not enough to only detox the body of addictive substances; clients must also change their thought patterns and behaviors and embrace strategies that help them to manage stress and cope with challenges. Orange County drug and alcohol rehab center Chapters Capistrano has released a statement to the press regarding the benefits of yoga for addiction recovery and improved mental health.

“A major trigger for addiction for many people is stress,” says Susie Shea, co-owner of the California rehab center. “They use alcohol or drugs as way to try to relax or forget their problems for a while. Some people use them to try to boost their energy so they can continue juggling high demands. Yoga is a great way to get a natural high while allowing people to clear their minds, heal their body, and ease stress.”

There are several different types of yoga including Bikram yoga (also known as hot yoga), Hatha yoga, Vinyasa or Power Yoga, Kundalini yoga, Restorative yoga, and more. It all depends on the person’s goals, preference, and interests. Sara Curry, a Bikram yoga instructor who started a Sober Yogis program, told Everyday Health  that “hot yoga appears to decrease the length and symptoms of post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS). These protracted withdrawal symptoms that include depression, anxiety, irritability, and sleeplessness can last up to two years after a person gets clean, and are the primary reason for relapse.” Participants who used hot yoga in combination with meditation and group therapy reported a significant decrease in PAWS symptoms.

Hot yoga not only helps the body to continue releasing toxins, but also improves circulation and blood flow throughout the body.  Oxygen is more effectively delivered to the cells and organs which can support healing and better health. Improved blood flow is also good for the heart.

According to Dr. Steven J. Saltzman, an anesthesiologist who also practices yoga and is interested in integrative medicine, “It is established science that yoga destroys and metabolizes stress hormones.” Yoga moderates the body’s stress response system and promotes mindfulness which can lower heart rate and blood pressure.

“When you’re in recovery, managing stress is essential,” says Shea. “Yoga allows clients to become more in touch with the mind-body connection. They can use yoga as a way to calm themselves and reduce stress before it triggers more negative thoughts and behaviors. It can promote a feeling of inner peace and greater clarity which supports their recovery efforts and boosts mood.” Yoga is just one of the holistic and therapeutic activities offered at Chapters Capistrano as part of comprehensive addiction treatment program.


Chapters Capistrano is a luxury drug and alcohol treatment center located in the city of San Clemente in Orange County, California, with two beautiful ocean-view homes. Specializing in all types of substance abuse, Chapters offers flexible treatment programs that are designed to offer greater confidence in addiction recovery. With a thorough approach to detox, counseling and mental health, this center has delivered many success stories. In addition to offering alternative approaches to conventional recovery, Chapters is also recognized for providing guest comfort with exceptional accommodations, private rooms and cell and laptop allowance. Those searching to begin a new “Chapter” in addiction recovery are encouraged to contact the facility today.

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Address:1525 Buena Vista
City: San Clemente
State: CA
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