Acupuncture, combined with substance abuse counseling and group therapy programs, is effective for treating drug and alcohol users. It produces a calm, yet alert feeling, reduces withdrawal symptoms, and decreases future cravings.
Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners use techniques like acupuncture, herbal remedies, and massage to treat and prevent disease and illness in the human body. Acupuncture involves stimulating specific points on the body by inserting metal needles through the skin to restore balance in the body. A person’s life force, or qi, flows through the body and provides energy, blood flow, and a feeling of wellness. When that flow is disturbed or interrupted, it results in illness and/or disease. There are certain meridians, or pathways, along the body, each representing a different area of the body.
Mindfulness teaches that instead of trying to avoid your experience, which has been associated with a host of mental and emotional disorders, you adopt an inquisitive and observing attitude toward your thoughts, feelings, and circumstances. In other words, instead of getting angry over being angry, you simply notice your feeling of anger and investigate its many facets. You inhabit the moment. By changing your relationship with your thoughts, feelings, and experiences and learning to accept them as they are, rather than how you might like them to be, you can literally change your brain and strengthen neural networks that are important in managing stress and anxiety. Over time you can develop a greater capacity for self-observation, optimism, and well-being, which can lead to better control over your addictive behavior. Mindfulness meditation has also been shown to contribute to improved self-control, and since impulsiveness plays an important role in addiction and drug abuse, better self-control is always a goal.
It’s common for individuals struggling with substance use disorder to have destructive, negative thinking. Not recognizing that these thought patterns are harmful, they often seek treatment for depression or other external influences. Since cognition affects our well being, changing harmful thought patterns is essential. CBT addresses harmful thought patterns, which help clients recognize their ability to practice alternative ways of thinking and regulates distressing emotions and harmful behavior.
As a research-based treatment modality, CBT is an effective treatment for substance abuse, eating disorders, and specific mental health diagnoses.
An active therapeutic modality, CBT is present-oriented, problem-focused, and goal-directed, which may provide the following benefits:
Using music in treatment involves incorporating the power of music in a controlled way. We offer experiential music as part of our treatment modality. The activities may involve some type of music creation, playing musical instruments, writing songs, and experiencing a variety musical genres.
Benefits of music in treatment:
Heating of the tissues enhances metabolic processes. Greater cellular energy production facilitates healing. Since viruses, tumors, and toxin-laden cells are weaker than normal cells, they tolerate heat poorly.
Raising the body temperature helps to express toxins more quickly. Saunas enhance circulation and oxygenate the tissues. They open the nasal passages and assist the sinuses to drain. Our skin is a major toxin elimination organ. Hundreds of chemicals affect the skin from lotions, soaps, creams, and deodorants. Other are cleaning solvents, detergent residues and chemicals from bathing water.
Many addictions begin as a coping mechanism or a way of filling a spiritual void. As a result, people in treatment for addiction must learn to deal with their emotions and environment in healthier ways. Practicing yoga is an excellent complement to conventional chemical dependency treatment.
Yoga has the ability to inhibit the dopamine surge that addicts get from using, and the intense breathing patterns in forms of yoga, such as Kundalini, release the body’s natural pleasure-producing endorphins. This means a healthy yoga practice can combat addictive behaviors while restoring the brain’s dopamine functions to healthier levels.
Because yoga emphasizes willpower and stress-reduction, those in recovery can learn to reduce that stress, better combat temptation, and regain control over their bodies. Yoga also provides a spiritual environment, no matter your religious beliefs. Learning to slow down, mindfulness, and acceptance are central to yoga and a healthy spirit. By incorporating yoga into their recovery practice, our clients learn new tools to release stress and connect into their inner strengths.
Art therapy offers a safe place to communicate ideas and feelings without using standard conversational methods. Art therapy is a type of expressive group therapy that can help people express their thoughts and feelings that they may not be able to say with words.
This therapy is especially helpful for people who have underlying psychological issues related to their addiction, such as a history of abuse and trauma. The artwork might be used as an introduction into a deeper conversation, or as a tool for the person to explain their emotions.
Using the artwork as a starting point, the person lets his mind roam in spontaneous free associations, which open the door to introspection and discussion about his feelings.