At Vertava Health, we believe that treatment for substance abuse and addiction should not have a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach. There are a variety of factors that affect the nature of addiction so the most effective treatment will look at the person as a whole.
Alternative Holistic Addiction Treatment Activities & Services
While our focus is on evidence-based treatment modalities, we do offer ancillary services and activities to complement the recovery process and improve the patient’s experience.
Some activities and services that some patients may find beneficial on their path to recovery may include:
- meditation/mindfulness – calm the mind, allow for refocusing, and acknowledgment
- reiki – relaxation, health and spiritual benefit
- nutrition/supplement – return necessary minerals and vitamins to the body, relieving symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other imbalances related to addiction
- massage – helps alleviate symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other mental health symptoms
- yoga – reinforce inner strength and gain a positive outlook
- neurofeedback – by working with electrodes and visibly interacting with brain waves, individuals can alter responses and decrease symptoms associated with addiction, depression, anxiety, and other disorders
- aromatherapy – assists in the exploration of emotional and psychological strain that may be the root causes of substance abuse and addiction
- chanting – provides inner dialog and exploration of spirituality
- acupuncture – may affect physiological activities related to substance abuse
Alternative activities for addiction treatment may help encourage empowerment, growth, and change within the individual seeking treatment. This may help them regain control of their lives, and focus on the person they are striving to become.
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A women’s only substance abuse treatment facility understands the unique circumstances of women who are struggling with addiction. Often times, these women have experienced trauma or abuse at the hands of men, and it can significantly affect treatment results. In co-ed groups, some women may feel uncomfortable, scared, or intimidated by the presence of men in a therapeutic setting.
Some men may also benefit from a men’s substance abuse treatment option. The men may feel uncomfortable disclosing any sign of weakness or inability to control their substance abuse.
This type of treatment also removes distractions that could come from a co-ed treatment program. The ability to concentrate on the unique needs of men in these situations may positively affect treatment outcomes.
Wilderness activities for addiction treatment are other secondary services sometimes used during treatment. Residents participate in outdoor activities as part of their time at these locations.
Wilderness excursions typically consist of group activities that may promote team building, social skill development, problem-solving, and self-esteem building in a structured outdoor setting. In addition, the connection that patients build with nature is an asset that is not easily acquired in a clinical setting.
Offering appropriate care in a setting that considers the individual needs of members of the LGBTQ+ community may help increase the success rates of these individuals. It sometimes is not enough to simply include individuals in traditional programs.
There is an internal discomfort in settings where an individual isn’t sure they will be accepted for being themselves. This can affect participation, disclosure, anxiety, feeling safe, and comfort levels in treatment. If treatment isn’t effective, recovery can be jeopardized.
Providing sensitivity training to staff, and educating to the needs of this demographic can have a positive effect on outcomes at an LGBTQ+ substance abuse treatment program.
This alternative treatment does not include any kind of addiction counseling but instead offers quick detoxification to individuals who want to avoid or decrease symptoms of withdrawal. However, rapid detox is not a miracle cure for addiction and should not be treated as such. It typically takes a day or two to complete, but it is not an effective method for sustained recovery.
Additional Addiction Treatment and Therapy Recovery Center Help
With new treatment methods being researched constantly, treatment is always evolving. There are many additional options currently being explored to try to help improve patient success.
Finding the best treatment option can seem overwhelming. We are here to make that process easier on you or your loved ones. Contact us today, so we can help find a treatment plan as unique as you are.