Holistic care has become increasingly popular in the present day, especially when treating substance abuse. There are a variety of alternative addiction treatment programs available that make holistic care and addiction management entirely possible and feasible. By getting to know the alternative addiction treatment options available to help supplement conventional treatments, the staff at Drug Treatment Centers Panama City can design your own unique treatment program that suits your individual needs and is most beneficial for life-long sobriety. Here we understand that traditional methods do not work for everyone. Contact us today at 850-460-3169 and ask about our alternative addiction treatment programs. Help and hope is just a phone call away.
When people hear or see the word “alternative,” they may feel uncertain about its meaning or intention. Essentially alternative addiction treatment programs refer to anything that takes its influence and inspiration from sources other than conventional Western medicine and psychological/psychiatric practices. These treatments can come from ancient Eastern medicine or can be modern innovations in treatment, depending on what works best for the individual.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese alternative medicine practice that has been in use for thousands of years. It focuses primarily on the interconnectedness of the various systems and parts of the body (as well as their connections the mind and consciousness), and addresses illnesses, ailments, and other problems by working to foster those connections.
Acupuncture is based on the idea that the body functions as a result of a series of flowing energies between various body parts and systems. These flowing energies follow set paths and patterns and stem from and pass through specific energy points located throughout the body. When energies are blocked or disrupted a whole slew of problems can arise. To help remedy these energy flow problems, acupuncture uses tiny needles inserted into those specific energy points throughout the body to stimulate the proper flow of energy in the body.
In the case of addiction and recovery, acupuncture contends that problems with substance abuse and addiction stem from the body having a deficiency of yin (yin and yang are the balancing forces in the body). This is remedied by inserting needles into acupuncture points on the ear that correspond to the liver and kidneys to promote health and balance of the life forces. Acupuncture can also be used in addiction recovery to help treat the painful symptoms of withdrawal and promote overall calm and stress relief.
On the more modern end of the spectrum, art therapy is a technique used in many recovery and rehab programs and treatment facilities to aid in addiction recovery. Art therapy is often a form of group therapy (though it is used as an individual therapeutic technique) that allows recovering addicts to use art and creativity to express their feelings, thoughts and emotions as they go through the process of detoxing and recovering from their addictions.
Individuals are encouraged to use forms of art to express themselves. Sometimes what a recovering addict is feeling is difficult to articulate or say with words. This is particularly true if the addict also has psychological disorders, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), or has experienced trauma such as childhood abuse, sexual assault, or domestic violence. In a group environment, the group members are allowed to discuss and each other’s artworks and delve into the deeper meanings behind these creative expressions. This builds camaraderie and a supportive environment among those in the group.
Alternative therapies can help to enhance a person’s addiction recovery experience and create a holistic treatment plan. By offering different ways of addressing the underlying feelings and health conditions that affect and contribute to addictive behaviors, these treatments can help to ensure the successful completion of a rehabilitation program and continued recovery and sobriety. Call Drug Treatment Centers Panama City today at 850-460-3169 and get the specialized attention and treatment you deserve.
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