Treatment teaches us many new things. It teaches us how to love ourselves, it teaches how to live each day in recovery, and it teaches things about ourselves we would have never otherwise discovered without confronting the root causes of our addiction. One of the more tangible and practical things that treatment can teach us is new ways to keep ourselves healthy and centered after we leave our programs. Treatment exposes us to new supplemental therapies in which we can further immerse ourselves to sustain balanced overall health. Our recovery journeys are made all the easier when we’re firing on all cylinders and practicing balanced physical and psychological wellness.
Some of the more commonly explored post-treatment therapies include:
Holistic therapies incorporate healing of the mind, body and spirit. These therapies, which include yoga, meditation, tai chi, qi gong, and other innovative healing techniques are commonly used at treatment facilities in the care of addiction-related chronic pain. The good news is that there are reputable certified practitioners of these techniques pretty much throughout the country, so those who truly benefited from them in treatment can continue reap their therapeutic rewards. Many realize the value of holistic recovery in treatment and wind up integrating them into their everyday lives.
Drug-Free Pain Management
Practices such as chiropractic care, acupuncture and physical therapy can help reduce the everyday pain that many of us may still be experiencing due to lingering withdrawal. One of the hardest physical challenges of recovery is finding ways to alleviate chronic pain. Drug-free pain management offers several ways to deal with pain without reverting back to prescription opioids and derailing progress we’ve made in recovery. We can find out what pain management therapies are available to us by speaking with our medical professionals.
Creative techniques like art, writing, or music can bring a tremendous sense of catharsis and dramatically improve our psychological wellness. The ability to articulate our deepest emotions through the creative process combined with the satisfaction that comes with finishing and displaying an artistic project has made these therapies a successful fixture in more and more treatment facilities.
The Importance of Specialized Therapies
The key to a successful treatment program is balanced combination of counseling and therapy. Each program should be tailored to patients’ specific care needs so they aren’t subjected to a cookie-cutter process that doesn’t take their needs or concerns into account. The more sophisticated and intuitive treatment becomes, the more new therapies will emerge to give patients a comprehensive care experience.
Recovery Unplugged, for example, offers a completely unique care model that allows patients to heal through music. We have looked beyond the traditional treatment paradigms and have incorporated this rewarding and empowering therapy into the treatment of our patients. The evidence-based fundamentals of treatment, such as group therapy and individualized counseling must remain a fixture of treatment, but the more is able to target their care approach, the more they’ll be able to speak to the needs of individual patient.
Continued Involvement for Lasting Success
If we continue to practice some of the supplemental therapies that we learned in our treatment programs, we will have a much better shot at confronting and managing the health and wellness issues that often accompany recovery. This will help us to better stay motivated toward our sobriety and better able to live rich and full lives. It will also help with our overall fitness and wellness, which may have suffered in the wake of our substance abuse. Think of it as a little piece of treatment we can take with us forever.