Substance abuse recovery plans aren’t “one size fits all” and shouldn’t end after a short time in a rehabilitation program.
Overcoming a drug addiction must often include detox, behavioral counseling, medication and also personalized addiction therapy. Recognizing that everyone’s recovery process is unique, more treatment facilities have started offering various types of therapy to accommodate everyone. Sometimes those who’ve never played an instrument or unrolled a yoga mat, find these treatments help them rebuild their lives.
Addressing Co-Existing Conditions with Personalized Addiction Therapy
Personalized therapies may also aid a recovering addict in dealing with the conditions that can go hand-in-hand with substance abuse. For instance, depression often occurs alongside alcohol and substance abuse, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. But depression doesn’t go away just because someone is in recovery. In fact, depression is a common relapse trigger and is important to address along with substance abuse issues.
While a treatment team may recommend medication, another unique way of treating depression is music therapy. Yoga, meditation, and other practices to encourage mindfulness are also helpful for some people.
Insomnia and other sleep problems are also a common complaint for many in recovery. If the issue is severe, your doctor may prescribe medications. In addition to medication and healthy sleeping tips, those clients can also benefit from mindfulness meditation therapy.
These personalized forms of therapy can also help reduce stress and anxiety by helping shift your thoughts and actions to something soothing. Yoga and music therapy reduce the body’s level of stress-inducing hormones and boosts people’s feelings of well being.
Personalized Therapies Create Healthy Hobbies
An art, yoga or a mindfulness therapy group can also help you connect with others and pick up healthy hobbies. For example, making art can encourage creative thinking and facilitate communication between opposite sides of the brain.
Similarly, research suggests that learning and playing a musical instrument as an adult can enhance emotional well-being and boost brain health. Learning how to play a woodwind instrument, such as the saxophone or clarinet can also strengthen musicians’ breathing while improving their posture and hand-eye coordination.
Along those same lines, yoga can help practitioners improve their flexibility, strength, and muscle tone. Practicing yoga can also lead to weight loss and lower blood pressure. It’s also a great way for people who may not be very fit to get moving and stay active.
So, no matter which personalized therapies you try, don’t just look at them as only part of your recovery process. Instead, adopt them as lifelong pursuits that will help you be healthier and happier for years to come.
The Cove Center provides effective drug & alcohol rehabilitation programs to those who are struggling with the problems associated with drug and/or alcohol addiction in a safe, caring environment. If you or a loved one need help to overcome a drug or alcohol addiction, please call (855) – 857 – 2734. No one deserves to fight addiction alone.