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Friday, July 22, 2016

4 Complementary Addiction Therapies to Try

More and more treatment facilities are turning to alternative addiction therapies for a holistic approach to recovery. While these techniques can’t do the job alone, when used in conjunction with traditional treatment, they have been proven very effective in addressing the physical and psychological impact of addiction. 

Here we take a look at some study-proven methods and why they work to help patients during active recovery and years after to maintain lasting sobriety. 

Yoga: Through physical postures, breath work, and meditation, yoga helps those in recovery align the mind, body, and spirit and find inner piece and comfort. 
  • Reintroduces physical sensation
  • Relieves anxiety, stress and depression
  • Regulates stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline
  • Releases tension and alleviates mental fatigue
  • Redirects thoughts and wards off harmful cravings
Massage therapy: Research into the benefits of massage therapy as an addiction treatment is ongoing, but studies have shown that this therapy is gaining traction for people recovering from substance abuse disorder.
  • Raises “feel good” endorphins
  • Improves circulation and rids body of toxins
  • Relieves the stress and anxiety that’s a natural part of the withdrawal and recovery process
  • Balances natural neurochemistry after extended periods of substance abuse
Acupuncture: Some practitioners use auricular (ear) acupuncture in addition to whole-body acupuncture to treat points on the ear associated with the nerves and organs that become weak and unhealthy with prolonged substance abuse, including the liver, kidney, lung, and nervous systems.
  • Balances and restores function to the body
  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Alleviates withdrawal symptoms, pain, and cravings
  • Combats insomnia
Meditation: An integral part of Buddhist tradition, mindfulness meditation has been shown to help substance abusers prevent relapse by teaching them to become aware of their feelings (good or bad) without reacting to them. 
  • Improves decision-making and impulse control
  • Relieves stress and anxiety
  • Heightens awareness of cravings and triggers for better management 
  • Pushes away thoughts of self-criticism and blame
Finding Holistic Treatment for You
At Complete Harmony, we encourage the use of many different cutting-edge techniques to help patients recover, including acupuncture, yoga, mediation, massage therapy, and others. To learn more about our treatment center and our approach to addiction recovery, call today: 866-930-4673.

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