Alternative Rehabilitation Therapies

When it comes to treating addiction, there is no one-size-fits-all method. Different things work better than they do for others. Some people might thrive in a group therapy setting where they get to talk about themselves in front of an audience. Others might prefer to tackle sobriety in a solitary environment. 

While there are some extreme and questionable alternative therapies out there, if you find something that you feel helps you then you should stick with it for as long as it is useful to you. 

Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness Practices

These types of self-care practices are most strongly recommended as companion therapies for those undergoing rehabilitation.  They can be done alongside traditional and nontraditional detox programs. These therapies provide practitioners with a complete holistic approach. 

Mindfulness practices also teach self-love, patience, and self-acceptance, all things that are beneficial to the recovering addict. Once the physical stage of the addiction has passed on, many of those in recovery report that their emotional health did not recover nearly as quickly. Those in recovery have shown improved, steadier progress and fewer instances of backsliding when yoga and meditation were offered as companion therapies. 


Alternative Rehabilitation Therapies

Ibogaine is an organically occurring psychoactive indole alkaloid found in plants in the Apocynaceae family. It was primarily being used by African witch doctors in the Congo Basin for spiritual and medicinal purposes when it was happened upon by Howard Lotsof. 

A heroin addict himself,  Lotsof began advocating the use of Ibogaine in the Western countries for its anti-addictive properties in the early 1960s. He discovered the sobering effect of this plant while attempting to find something other than heroin on which to get high. At the moment, Ibogaine is considered a Schedule I drug in the United States and is illegal. 

There is no one right way to “do” therapy. Someone in recovery may have to try several different methods or combinations of methods before they find something that is a good fit for them. Therapy and detox are an intensely personal experience and no two pathways are the same. If you or someone you love is ready to learn about different recovery options, give Discovery Place a call. Reach out to our knowledgeable staff for information pertaining to our Long Term Alternative Recovery Program. You can chat with us on our website or give us a call and speak with a trained staff member at 1-800-725-0922 today.


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