Substance abuse and addiction are predominant issues that have been growing in severity across the United States. Millions of Americans suffer from alcoholism and drug dependence each year, but only a partial percentage of these individuals seek professional help. Of those who do accept treatment at an addiction rehabilitation facility, roughly 50% will ultimately relapse. This can occur for a number of reasons, with two of the most common causes being insufficient treatment plans and undiscovered or mistreated co-occurring mental health disorders. When treating a substance use disorder, it is important that a full assessment be performed on each individual client in order to obtain a comprehensive, detailed diagnosis. This allows medical professionals to create a thorough treatment plan that is comprised of the appropriate levels of care, traditional therapies, and possible alternative treatment programs. Although alternative therapies are relatively new to addiction treatment, research has shown that combining these programs with traditional forms of rehabilitative care, can help bolster the process of recovery.
Treatment for substance abuse and addiction traditionally involves therapy programs, such as group therapy, family therapy, individual counseling, relapse prevention, and aftercare. These programs play a monumental role in addiction treatment, and are generally offered at most rehabilitation centers. Alternative therapies also work to the advantage of many addicts in recovery by adding supplemental support to the course of treatment. Also known as holistic treatment, alternative therapy focuses on treating the whole person; mind, body, and soul. Customary programs focus primarily on the physical and psychological aspects of addiction, whereas alternative programs reach deeper to improve a person’s entire self, health and well-being. When used concurrently with traditional therapies in comprehensive addiction treatment, the probability of achieving lifelong recovery from drug or alcohol dependence, drastically increases.
The alternative therapies offered in addiction treatment will vary, depending on the particular rehabilitation facility. Common forms of alternative therapy used to treat alcoholism, drug addiction, and co-occurring disorders include the following:
- Nutritional Therapy
- Exercise Therapy
- Equine Therapy
- Art Therapy
- Chiropractic Care
- Massage Therapy
At Restore Drug Treatment Center LA, we have several alternative therapy programs available for clients to choose from, including art therapy, chiropractic care, yoga, meditation, and exercise therapy among many others. These supplemental programs are used in combination with traditional rehabilitation methods, in order to heal the whole person. By addressing more than just the physical symptoms of addiction, alternative therapies have shown to improve the mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health and well-being of addicts in recovery. However, these are intended to be used as an additive in alcohol and drug addiction recovery, and not as a single method of treatment.
Here at Restore Drug Treatment, our objective for using alternative therapy is to correct destructive behaviors and thought patterns by dealing with the underlying problems associated with the chemical dependence. We encourage all of our residents to make use of our holistic programs, as these can facilitate in the recovery process and promote relapse prevention following the completion of treatment. If you or someone you love is in need of treatment for a substance use disorder or co-occurring illnesses, help is only a phone call away.