Alternative therapies are becoming increasingly mainstream, and are frequently used to supplement more traditional practices. More than ever before, there are options out there that suit any need imaginable. Here is how to know if alternative therapy is for you, and how you can use it.
When They Work
Alternative therapies might not be necessary for everyone, but they can help many. If you are experiencing success in traditional therapy, feel you have reached your lowest point, and you find yourself to be a religious person, you might not need any extra help. However, many find alternative treatments in conjunction with therapy to be useful. If you have been in treatment before, you may find the extra help necessary, or that it provides for you in a way that traditional therapy failed to. Not everyone wants to surrender their autonomy and personal choices to a higher power, but rather seek a way to take control of their own fate. If you want to restore your sense of control over yourself, alternative methods may help. There is no single treatment for every person. If you have found traditional methods don’t reach you, you may want to invest in looking into various supplemental treatments and alternative recovery methods to the average 12-step plan.
Diet and Exercise
One important part of any successful recovery is how we feel physically, and that affects us emotionally. Diet and how often we eat can impact our recovery. Fuel your body at regular intervals daily, and make sure you’re eating fresh fruits and vegetables. Avoid excessive refined sugar, as this can cause depression and anxiety, which may lead to relapse. Make sure that the fiber you eat is gentle on your system, such as oatmeal and rice. Exercise not only gives positive goals that are accomplishable, it may also provide a support system that works for you, especially if you work out with others. Physical activity releases chemicals in our brain which make us feel good, which can help further combat depression and anxiety and help you sleep better at night. Make sure that a healthy diet and ample exercise are both part of your recovery routine.
There are many forms of art therapy, from painting to music to photography. The beauty of art therapy is that it can help you express how you feel in ways that words cannot. You can work on self-reflection in an organic and safe way, which can help you understand why you’re experiencing what you are and the emotions behind it. It can be a way to relax and focus on processing your experiences. The act of creation alone can be enriching, and can help us build our self-esteem and confidence while providing a safe channel for negative emotions.
If you have never been an artistic person, there are a myriad of therapies available to experiment with. Neurofeedback can give insight into how our brains function and can help to alleviate depression. Meditation and mindfulness are two excellent ways to keep your emotions balanced. Learning to be in the present moment can fight anxiety and teach us how to calmly deal with our emotional states without judgment. Yoga, while it’s similar to meditation and is another form of mindfulness, focuses on engaging our bodies to align with our minds. It can alleviate stress and ward off depression, all of which can help us stay on the path to sobriety. Pet therapy or even gardening can teach patience, boost self-esteem, and help our overall well- being.
There is no one path up the mountain that is recovery. What works for someone else may not be the right choice for you, and that is okay. While you may find yourself satisfied with traditional therapies, it’s important to consider supplements to help us stay committed to our recoveries.
Kimberly Hayes enjoys writing about health and wellness and created PublicHealthAlert.info to help keep the public informed about the latest developments in popular health issues and concerns. In addition to studying to become a crisis intervention counselor, Kimberly is hard at work on her new book, which discusses the ins and outs of alternative addiction treatments.
Kimberly Hayes is a guest blogger she is not affiliated with Rescue Shot Case LLC. and this posting or any other of her content or opinions do not reflect the views of Rescue Shot Case LLC. No advice should be in place of medical advice. Please consult your doctor.