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The ancient practice of yoga is coming to The Morton Center as a way to help people in the Louisville area defeat their addictions.

Yoga for Recovery is a pilot project for participants in Morton’s intensive outpatient program and is aimed at teaching them new coping skills.

“It’s absolutely so important for them to be able to get a new understanding of how to physically, emotionally and spiritually be able to handle situations, where in the past they had handled those by using some type of substance,” said Priscilla McIntosh, the center’s chief executive officer.

“It’s a new way of living for them,” realizing “that there is something that can help them with their coping, calming skills and really also those daily stresses that happen,” she said in a phone interview.

The Morton Center
The Morton Center is located on Barret Ave. | Courtesy of Morton

The 90-minute class will be offered on Wednesday evenings at the nonprofit, which is marking its 35th year with a celebratory luncheon Sept. 24 at The Olmsted.

“The yoga will go for nine weeks while they’re in the intensive outpatient program,” and the center hopes to also start “a once-a-week yoga program for those who have even finished the intensive outpatient program so that they can go ahead and continue on in the path with the yoga and the mindfulness,” McIntosh said.

The Morton Center at 1028 Barret Ave. provides treatment for people trying to recover from using alcohol or other substances, such as opioids, and offers scholarships for the uninsured.

“We have a lot of individuals who are walking through our doors who fall in that unfortunate gap,” McIntosh said.

Offering yoga in addition to art therapy and other services “helps us provide clients a full circle of care and to create individualized treatment, as no two roads to recovery are the same,” she noted in a news release.

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Darla Carter
Darla Carter is a hometown girl who recently joined the staff of Insider Louisville to mostly cover health. She previously served as a longtime health and fitness writer for The Courier-Journal, where she also worked for the Metro, Neighborhoods and Features departments. Prior to that, the award-winning journalist wrote for newspapers elsewhere in Kentucky and Tennessee, covering a range of topics, from education to courts. She's a graduate of Western Kentucky University, where she studied journalism and philosophy, and is the proud mom of two young children.