Many harmful behaviours begin as a coping mechanism or a way of filling a spiritual void. As a result, people in treatment must learn to deal with their emotions and environment in healthier ways. Practicing yoga is an excellent complement to more conventional treatments. Counselling, support programs and the eight-fold path of yoga both emphasise truth, meditation, surrendering to a higher power, and developing self-awareness, while healing body, mind, and spirit.
British Wheel of Yoga – www.bwy.org.uk
International Yoga Alliance – http://www.yogaalliance.org
Yoga Village UK – www.yogauk.com
When people begin gaining more self awareness around their behaviours, they can often experience a kind of mental fuzziness. They may struggle to think clearly as their mind processes new learning about themselves. This is can also be a time when emotions are erratic. Those who struggle to cope with these challenges early on are more likely to find progress slower. Mindfulness meditation can be a great tool at all stages of gaining more self awareness. It gives people more control over their emotions and increases mental clarity.
British Meditation Society – www.britishmeditationsociety.org
Transcendental Meditation – www.uk.tm.org
There are huge benefits to reading while you are attending individual therapy or working a program or as it adds another layer to the work you are doing. There are books on practically every subject covered within the site and many contain helpful tests and strategies to propel you forwards on your journey. It is something you can do in your time, at your own pace and helps to embed all that you learn in therapy or at your meetings, more deeply into your conscious as well as subconscious.
Counselling / Therapy
Counselling is often described as talk therapy or behavioural therapy, and it is one of the most important components in helping to increase your levels of self awareness.
With some treatment programs, group therapy and individual therapy are recommended. Other courses of treatment may simply recommend individual counselling. People who have drug, alcohol or other issues can benefit from counselling, regardless of the type of counselling that they choose to participate in.
There are a variety of techniques used in counselling sessions, but they all have the same primary purpose: to help people change their behavioural patterns so that they can be successful in their attempt to learn how to lead healthy, productive lives.
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy – www.bacp.co.uk
UK Council for Psychotherapy – www.ukcp.org.uk
National Counselling Society – www.nationalcounsellingsociety.org
British Association of Art Therapy – www.baat.org
Equine Facilitated Human Development – http://www.ifeal.me
Therapy Directory (alternative and complementary therapy) – www.therapy-directory.org.uk
Rehab 4 Addiction (is a free helpline and information service for people suffering from addiction and mental health issues) – https://www.rehab4addiction.co.uk/
The benefits of a residential program occur on all levels of treatment: physical, psychological and emotional. You are giving yourself the gift of time and focus when you choose to support yourself and difficulties you are experiencing, in an inpatient treatment facility short or long term.
Lifeworks – www.lifeworkscommunity.com
Clouds House – www.actiononaddiction.org.uk/treatment/clouds-house
Priory Group – www.priorygroup.com
Ocean Recovery http://oceanrecoverycentre.com/
Five Sisters Ranch – www.fivesistersranch.com
Hazelden – www.hazelden.org
Caron – www.caron.org
Onsite Workshops – www.onsiteworkshops.com
Pine Grove – www.pinegrovetreatment.com
The Refuge – www.therefuge-ahealingplace.com
Cottonwood – www.cottonwooddetucson.com
Oasis Counselling Centre – www.oasiscentre.co.za
Group Support Programs
There are few places in the world where you’ll find more honesty, courage, and support than in group meetings. It’s one of the most amazing experiences you can have. Support groups are an important resource for self-awareness for two reasons. First, they’re effective, millions of people have recovered through them. Second, they’re free and universally available. To find a meeting near you or to help others see below:-
SMART Recovery – www.smartrecovery.org
AA Alcoholics Anonymous – www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk
Al-Anon for Friends and Families of Alcoholics – www.al-anonuk.org.uk
CoDA Codependents Anonymous – www.coda-uk.org
DA Debtors Anonymous – www.debtorsanonymous.org.uk
NA Narcotics Anonymous – www.ukna.org
OA Overeaters Anonymous – www.oagb.org.uk
SLAA Sex & Love Addicts Anonymous – www.slaauk.org
WA Workaholics Anonymous – www.workaholics-anonymous.org