Alternative addiction treatment components include activities like yoga and massage, and they can provide an additional benefit beyond traditional therapies and medications to those in recovery. Most alternative addiction treatment programs fall under the category of "alternative medicine," which means that there's limited clinical evidence of the healing powers of these therapies. But that's not to say that alternative addiction treatment isn't effective. In fact, most physicians and addiction experts agree that combining alternative addiction treatment therapies with traditional rehab protocol increases the chances of success.
The reason for this is that alternative addiction treatment ensures a holistic approach to recovery, addressing the whole self. The belief that mind, body, and spirit are connected is becoming more mainstream in the light of a growing body of scientific evidence. At Drug Treatment Centers Queens, we provide assistance finding treatment centers. Call us today at 347-923-9703.
A holistic or systems approach to recovery promotes physical, mental, and spiritual well being. "Spiritual" in this case has to do with the aspects that are the foundation of your character and emotions.
A damaged brain affects overall physical health. Physical health can have a profound effect on the state of the spirit, and a broken spirit can lead to mental health problems. The body, mind, and soul are inextricably connected, and what affects one aspect of you will affect all aspects. Alternative treatments aim to stabilize the relationship among the three for overall wellness and good health.
Here's what the medical and mental health community has found to be true about incorporating alternative treatments into the addiction rehab program:
These are just a few of the many alternative treatments used at rehab centers in Queens:
Acupuncture involves inserting long, thin needles through the skin and into the body's energy points to reduce anxiety, irritability, cravings, and muscle aches and to improve focus.
Biofeedback is a process of learning to control your involuntary bodily functions with the mind. Electrodes record heart rate, body temperature, muscle tension, and other processes, which you view on a monitor and manipulate through strategies like progressive muscle relaxation and deep breathing to reduce stress and anxiety and gain confidence in the power you hold to change your physicality.
Chiropractic care is based on the fact that neuro chemical communication pathways are related to spine bio mechanics, and manipulating the spine facilitates the stimulation of nerve sensors all over the body to reduce chronic stress and promote an overall sense of well being.
Equine therapy uses the highly intuitive horse to help patients see themselves in a more positive light. Horses can help bring deep emotions to the surface and help us learn to control our behaviors and nonverbal communication skills.
Massage therapy has been found to help decrease chronic pain, improve overall immune function, and improve blood circulation and lymphatic function for more effective detoxification of cells. It also reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol and increases the brain's production of dopamine, promotes awareness of the body and how tension affects it, and provides deep relaxation for a sense of inner peace.
Meditation is becoming an increasingly mainstream and widely respected method of quieting the mind and promoting mental clarity and self-awareness, all of which can help reduce stress and anxiety, ease cravings, and provide an overall sense of calm and well being.
Nutrition isn't alternative treatment, but rather an essential and integral part of who we are and how we feel. Good nutrition is essential for a healthy body and brain and for optimizing their processes.
Yoga promotes relaxation, physical and spiritual balance, and self-compassion. It strengthens the muscles, brings practitioners into the present moment, and focuses on how the breath can be a powerful catalyst for self-awareness and optimal brain and body functioning.
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