When one thinks of drug and alcohol rehab, they often think of a dreary time filled with detox and therapy sessions. The reality is that it doesn’t have to be that way. Therapy can take many forms in a non 12 step program, including such interesting therapies such as yoga therapy, art and music therapy, and adventure therapy.
Getting Fit in a Physical Fitness Program
When an addict enters rehab, their body is often damaged from all the toxins. They’ve burned a lot of energy trying to keep that high going, only to neglect an important part of being a human being: being physically fit. It’s important for the addict to enter into a physical fitness program that will make them stronger, both mentally and physically. When their body starts responding to treatment and being off the drugs and alcohol, they feel better and take care of themselves. That’s why a physical fitness program is important for any addict who wants to stay off drugs.
One important aspect of being human is being able to function as an individual in mind, body, and spirit. Yoga therapy works toward unifying all parts of the individual by creating both focus and relaxation. A way to practice mindfulness, the client must focus on their breathing and on each part of their body. Rather than “zoning out” on drugs and alcohol, they are present in the moment and learn how their body and mind reacts to different stimuli. It is truly a way to learn control but still enjoy an activity that offers strength and flexibility.
Art and Music Therapy
Sometimes even when the environment is safe and open as it is in holistic rehab, the person just can’t open up and express themselves. Art and music therapy enables addicts to express their creativity and provide a means for expressing what they feel inside. By working with media that the client can relate to, they can start opening up and healing. These therapies are often directed by license therapists who understand that some parts of a client’s life may be so painful that they can’t address them through conventional means. That’s why art and music therapy work well for those who have deeper issues to deal with.
Some addicts have issues in their past where they respond to anxiety, depression, and stress by isolating themselves or harming themselves. Adventure therapy, where one goes out into nature with positive activities enables the person to learn new ways to relieve tension and stress by enjoying nature and all it has to offer. The guided activities challenge the client, which allows them to focus on what they can do, rather than what they can’t do. By enjoying nature, clients are able to explore their own issues within themselves and discover ways to handle the stress and strains of life without reaching for drugs or alcohol.
Many addicts have a difficult time connecting to their body when they are first in rehab. They have difficulty relaxing and focusing on parts of their bodies which hold pain, tension, and the stress they experience with day to day life. This is why massage therapy is so important. It helps the client focus on their body while the therapist reduces tension in their muscles. It enables them to feel good and helps remove the toxins that accumulate in their bodies as well as improve circulation and reduce chronic pain.