Complementary therapies reinforce cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), 12-Step programs, group therapy, and other professionally facilitated forms of treatment for substance use disorder (SUD) and comorbidities. These activities engage the mind, body, and soul in unique ways, allowing for creative self-expression and healing. The Department of Health & Human Services of Australia lists aromatherapy, acupuncture, and yoga as some of the most popular complementary therapies, though rehabilitation facilities across the globe offer many different options to fulfill treatment needs for anyone in need.
Art and Writing Therapy
Art therapy focuses on expression through artistic production or observation. Collage and self-portraiture are common approaches to art therapy for their valuation of self-representation and the unconscious perception of one’s surroundings. Alternatives to these styles of production include knitting, weaving, doll-making, abstract painting, and sculpting. Some programs encourage participants to study artworks and share their emotional responses to the pieces. Writing or journal therapy similarly engages the creative spirits of practitioners. In writing therapy, individuals record their experiences through words, thereby relieving stress by externalizing trauma and other negative emotions.
Yoga and Meditation as Therapy
Yoga offers mental and physical benefits to individuals in treatment. The practice prioritizes controlled breath, intentional movement, and bodily harmony. Yoga strengthens the muscles as well as the soul, making it an effective therapy for those struggling with the emotional turmoil incurred during a period of substance abuse. Meditation also requires controlled breathing, but unlike yoga, an individual typically enjoys stillness during the practice. Both are popular among those who want to integrate spirituality into their treatment plan.
A 2016 study found that horse-assisted therapies were effective for individuals coping with SUD, allowing them to develop a personality distinct from their “patient” personality. Equine therapy is one of the most popular animal therapies, but practices involving goats, dogs, cats, and dolphins, among other animals, are also available at various rehabilitation centers. Animals can provide comfort for individuals in stressful situations, making them a good addition to traditional therapy sessions and complementary therapy sessions alike.
With so many complementary therapy options out there, it is possible for everyone to find something that works well for them and can bring more value to their recovery journey. At Avalon Malibu, we want you to be an active participant in your recovery. Our commitment to offering diverse treatment options means that each person can enjoy a unique rehabilitation experience tailored to their individual needs. The dedicated team of mental health professionals at Avalon can equip you with the right tools to cope with stress and combat cravings. When you leave our facility, you should be prepared to overcome any challenges and lead a successful and sober life. To learn more about how we can help, call us today at (844) 857-5992.