The Benefits of a Holistic Approach to Recovery
Doctors and social scientists have been trying to understand and cure alcoholism and drug addiction for centuries, using a wide variety of scientific tools and approaches like rehab, detox, and psychotherapy. The overwhelming majority of progress in addiction science and treatment is thanks to better science and increased understanding of the disease.
However, science and technology only go so far to explain and treat alcoholism and drug addiction. New methodologies seek to more effectively provide relief to addicts and alcoholics. Holistic therapies that incorporate art, music, exercise and the outdoors can provide many additional benefits when incorporated into an otherwise more traditional treatment model for alcoholism and drug addiction.
Art and Music Therapies
Rehab programs are increasingly offering art and music therapies as available avenues through which addicts can express and process their stress, grief, and fear in recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction. Studies indicate that art and music therapy groups are helpful as complements to more traditional treatment methods.
Young people in recovery may particularly benefit from these types of alternative therapies. Individuals attending art and music therapy groups in a drug rehab or outpatient treatment program are also more likely to attend outside 12-step meeting groups as well, further increasing their chance at sustained sobriety from drugs and alcohol.
Mindfulness means bringing your awareness toward what you’re sensing and feeling in the moment, without interpreting those feelings or filtering them through judgment. Exercises in mindfulness that can be used to treat alcoholism and drug addiction in an outpatient or rehab setting include:
- Meditation sessions
- Breathing exercises (e.g. “breath work”)
- Sound baths
Studies show that engaging in mindfulness therapies can reduce reliance on substances such as drugs and alcohol. They can also reduce overall stress and chronic pain.
If you are having trouble with alcohol or substances and are interested in learning how to use mindfulness therapies to quit or moderate your use, outpatient therapy is a great place to learn and practice these skills.
Yoga, Surf and Other Active Therapies
Experts believe that other, more unique activities in treatment and recovery can help addicts achieve sobriety by, in part, developing a stronger sense of self-identity, self-esteem and self-confidence. Recovery is about saying “yes” to life and joining fun, sober-minded activities. The Ajna Center provides opportunities for individuals to practice yoga on San Diego’s beautiful beaches and learn to surf in the Pacific ocean.
There is no one-size-fits-all model of recovery. To discuss options for treatment available to you, contact us today! We look forward to taking your call.