In addition to individual and group therapy, other proven therapies are utilized to enhance the recovery experience and increase the odds of success.
Fitness and Recreational Therapy
Exercise is an excellent activity to improve the immune system, promote health sleep patterns, reduce weight, and decrease the risk of many diseases. Mental benefits of exercise also include:
- Reduction in depression and/or anxiety
- Improvement in self-image
- Promotion of mind-body connection
- Release of endorphins, which help enhance mood in lieu of substances
In addition, playing fun and competitive games can improve mood, sharpen cognitive skills, and engage interaction with others. Games and activities are incorporated into a therapeutic program and led by professional.
The rehab center includes exercise and recreational facilities, including:
- Basketball court\
- Fitness center (cardio and weight machines)
- Ping pong and foosball tables
- Board games
Music can be a very valuable aspect of addiction treatment, in part due to its positive influence on mood. It also encourages creatively. Playing instruments and singing has shown to make people feel more centered, serene, and in touch with their feelings. Other terminology that expresses this is known as “the zone”, or entering an optimal state of experience.
Beyond rehab, establishing or re-establishing a connection to music can be integral to relapse prevention. Music can take on the role that the addiction left often after abstinence. That is, it has similar effects on your brain, and in that way, may be a positive and therapeutic replacement for the negative effects of addition. It’s also an activity which can be enjoyed alone or in conjunction with others who are like-minded in their expressiveness.
The goal of holistic therapy is to address the needs of the mind, body, and soul throughout treatment. It support a feeling of “oneness’ with the body and mind, instead of breaking up the body into separate parts. On its own, holistic therapy is not designed to treat addiction disorders, but as part of a complete program, it can enhance the effects of the other aspects of treatment.
The intent is to help persons learn how to develop their own healthy lifestyle and learn skills which will help with the stresses of daily life. Often, people with co-occurring disorders find special benefit from this treatment, which includes:
- Spiritual counseling
- Daily exercise
Trauma is common among persons with drug and alcohol addiction, because it is a very destructive experience which often leads people to self-medication and isolation. To avoid relapse, all causes of addiction must be addressed. Getting over the effects of trauma is one of the most critical aspects of treatment.
What is EMDR?
EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is an evidence-based, proven therapy for reprogramming brain responses to trauma. Every major psychological organization in the U.S. recognizes this therapy as proven for the treatment of trauma, especially when associated with an addiction to substances.
EMDR changes the way in which the brain processes a traumatic event. The brain is rewired to process the event in a controlled setting, instead of being overwhelmed with negative feelings and information. Persons who are treated with EMDR learn to cope with emotions in a more direct, healthy manner, and as a result, trauma is eventually resolved.