Out of the Box Addiction Treatment
A look into non traditional addiction treatment methods.
You may discover an added boost to your recovery.
There was a time when mainstream medicine scorned any “alternative” addiction treatment therapies, preferring to rely solely on traditionally tested practices. Those days are waning as more and more rehab clinics and professionals open their doors to methods and modes of treating addiction that are outside of the normal range of medical care. These supplemental treatments are meant to play a support role to primary care and in the war on addiction, anything and everything that can get you closer to sobriety and full recovery is welcome on the field.
There are numerous branches of alternative medicine and holistic care that have rave reviews from recovering addicts that have found success with their use in treatment.
Some of these include:
- Psychedelic Drugs
- Biochemical Restoration
- Watsu (water therapy)
- Recreational Sports and Agility Challenges
- Sound therapy
- Horse, dog, and other animal therapy
This is by no means an exhaustive list. Someone struggling against relapse is open to just about anything that makes the process a little easier and there is a growing community of alternative health and medicine that offer a range of out-of-the-box programs that are cutting edge or from the ancient world. By experimenting with some of these alternatives, you may discover an added boost to your recovery that you would not have found in traditional treatment programs.
Consider seeking professional advice, there are many experienced people available to help.
Certain eastern practices have been making their way to the West for decades, even centuries. These models of healing often rely on promoting a well-rounded body, mind, and spirit in order to achieve true health and wellbeing.
Practices like acupuncture, acupressure, yoga, tai chi, watsu, martial arts, and the application of various herbs and natural remedies have been accepted in medical and therapy circles to varying degrees over the last several years. Exploring some of these outlets and modes of recovery may offer the fighting edge you need to deal with the recovery process.
While most rehabilitation hospitals use some form of pharmaceutical to help with cravings, chemical imbalance, and other detox side effects, new studies are being performed with chemicals you may have never suspected. Psychedelic compounds like Ibogaine and Psilocybin (both illegal in the US) have shown promising results in clinical studies, often serving to stimulate internal psychotherapy as well as mitigate depression and mood symptoms related to recovery. There are other drugs like NAD that serve as metabolic agents and help to mitigate the cravings during detox. Talk to your doctor or rehab councilor to see if some of these options are available near you.
New Studies are being performed with chemicals you may have never suspected.
Meditation or mindfulness can ease mental stresses and help to control
As science continues to explore the mechanisms of the mind and brain, certain therapies have emerged that have shown promising results in helping recovering addicts. Neurofeedback involves electronic sensors attached to the head that monitor the brainwave activity going on inside your head. When you see the waves displayed on the screen, it’s possible to interact with your own brain activity and alleviate certain stresses or erratic thought patterns. This has been shown to aid patients of PTSD and other traumas.
Additionally, a practice of meditation or mindfulness can ease mental stresses and help to control cravings and damaging thought patterns. Hypnotherapy is a form of trance mediation and clinical psychotherapy that seeks to access deep levels of the mind where unconscious programming is running rampant. Some of these alternative medical head-trips may be the key to your success in the recovery process.
Nutrition and Exercise
It may seem plain and unremarkable but the difference a dietary change or an active lifestyle can make on recovery is profound. Even traditional clinics and programs have always advocated a healthy treatment of the body and this involves eating whole, natural foods rich in nutrients and vitamins, as opposed to the processed, greasy mess we tend to eat here in Western countries. Taking up a sport or recreational athletic activity has also been well documented in promoting a faster, more secure recovery. Give yourself something to do and take care of your body at the same time.
All of these modes of non-normal addiction treatment are meant to add extra layers of health and healing to your recovery process, not to replace traditional treatment completely. Talk to a healthcare professional to find out which programs are right for you.