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What Kinds of Alternative Therapies Can Help My Recovery?

What Kinds of Alternative Therapies Can Help My Recovery?

Traditional therapeutic programs can help recovery and support success. Even if a person wants to stop drinking or using drugs, alternative therapies may be the thing to bridge the gap. It is worth investigating some complementary therapies for addiction.

Alternative Therapies

There are treatments that support traditional approaches which are being used more lately. These include:

  • Acupuncture: some studies suggest it may decrease severity of withdrawal symptoms and help people recover
  • Touch therapy: may support longer periods of abstinence
  • Qigong: this soft martial art is similar to tai chi and may counter effects of withdrawal from some drugs and support more peace in recovery

Chemical Dependence Interrupter

Illegal drug use rose in the U.S. in recent years and is costing billions of dollars in care, including lost productivity and increased criminal activity.

  • Qigong: (a “soft” martial art similar to t’ai chi) may help counter the effects of withdrawal from heroin
  • Now being tested: a “chemical dependence interrupter”

In the year 2000, illicit drug addiction cost the U.S. $160 billion in medical care, lost productivity, crime and imprisonment. That’s up from $117 billion in 1997. It’s clear that while current treatments work for some, we still need more options for people who haven’t found anything that works for them. One type of alternative therapy people are trying is called ibogaine, a treatment for heroin and cocaine addiction. It comes from a plant and is gaining respect in the recovery community in some circles. Some health risks have been noted, with potential for cross addiction, but it is sometimes used to support painless withdrawal, increased receptivity to recovery, and improved control over cravings.

Trying New Things

Before trying any new, alternative therapies, it is best to do it in a setting where professionals can oversee it for a time. This includes anything from yoga to tai chi, exercise, or anything else a person might want to try in recovery. There are ways to support recovery without putting yourself in greater risk of relapse. In the proper setting, a person can experience recovery and try alternative therapies and find healing.

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