We all have done something in the past we regret doing, from hurting a dear friend to falling prey to substance abuse; the instances are countless. Many of us make up for it and live a life of joy and relief. But for drug addiction or abuse, this does not end here. If you leave these drugs abruptly, you develop a psychological and physiological desire to return to them. Your body exhibits this condition in the form of withdrawal symptoms.
These are even common with some old-school anti-psychotics, which comes with the side effect of developing dependencies in their patients. It is very prevalent, but treating withdrawal symptoms with medication is not the only option, and it certainly isn’t the best. Other more comforting and soothing spiritual healing modalities such as Yoga and meditation can help you a lot in this regard. Let’s have a look in more detail.
What Are Withdrawal Symptoms?
Withdrawal symptoms are defined as any psychological and physiological changes in your body that accompany the reduced use or complete stoppage of a drug. These may arise during rehab from drug addiction, after complete recovery from addiction, or even after prescription as a side effect. The intensity and severity of withdrawal symptoms directly depend on the tolerance capability of your body and the class and potency of the drug used. Withdrawal symptoms can also be in the form of mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, mood changes, hallucinations, etc.
How Can You Deal With Withdrawal Symptoms?
Withdrawal symptoms can be irritating if less severe and life-threatening if severe. In both cases, you need a safe way out. There are two ways to cope with withdrawal symptoms; adopting a healthy lifestyle and using withdrawal management and over-the-counter drugs. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle includes everything from drinking plenty of water to eating healthy food to exercising regularly. It also includes practicing Yoga and meditation to connect to the inner self. Let us see how Yoga and meditation can find the road to a free life for you:
Meditation Gives You A Way To Relax And Reach Inner Peace
Patients experiencing withdrawal symptoms lack peace and find a moment of their own without worry and restlessness. Meditation gives you a way to connect to yourself, improves self-reflection, enhances mental functioning, and promotes the release of pain-relieving hormones. This gives you an escape from negative thoughts and impulses. You feel relaxed and ecstatically numb. In the broader aspect, it psychologically manages your drug desires, in fact, reduces your craving, preventing you from relapse. When you slow down your breath and calm your nerves, you feel refreshed, filled with positivity, and worry-free.
Meditation Helps Strengthen Brain Communications
Medication is popularly known for its positive changes in brain communications. As it soothes our nerves, it strengthens neuronal connections. Meditation also affects the brain areas responsible for building self-control, reinforcing them to separate good and evil desires. A study conducted among smokers revealed that meditation helped them block cravings for smoking. Knowing how to ride the wave of craving helps in fortifying self-control.
Yoga Increases The Level Of Stress-Relieving Hormones In The Body
There can be nothing as traumatizing as a constant state of stress, depression, and anxiety. These feelings lead to hopelessness and are the major causes of suicide among drug abuse or even withdrawal syndrome patients. People further using addictive medication to deal with stress and depression to end withdrawal symptoms make matters even worse. The best option for them and others yearning to deal with anxiety and depression are healthy practices like Yoga and medication.
According to many researchers, Yoga is all about healthy muscle movements that have been associated with increased blood flow. Good circulation always means nourished and better functional body cells. Fortunately, Yoga has also been indicated to increase the production of an intrinsic chemical GABA (Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid). The body’s own pain killer is released naturally when the body undergoes stress or depression. The increased levels of GABA during Yoga highly suggest Yoga as an effective means of relieving depression and anxiety. Thus, Yoga is a healthy coping strategy for treating many mental disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorders and others.
Yoga Helps In Increasing The Density Of Grey Matter In The Brain
It is commonly observed in patients of alcohol or prescription abuse that the density of gray matter in their brain reduces gradually. When these drugs are stopped, the reduced density plays its part in the withdrawal symptoms. The gray matter in the brain performs various functions, from developing learning skills to memory and cognitive behavior. Yoga helps regain the reduced density, especially in the hippocampus and amygdala. These two centers control memory and stress and anxiety management.
Two wrongs never make a right. It is becoming increasingly common to treat withdrawals further with addictive drugs. There is a dire need to shift attention to healthier practices such as exercise, yoga, medication, cognitive and other stress-relieving therapies. This will promote a safe way out and boost the body’s natural mechanisms to take control.