Every addict’s situation and challenges are unique, and not every treatment — no matter how widely used — is successful. It’s often necessary to customize or tailor a recovery program to meet the specific needs of the individual. Fortunately, there are many alternative addiction treatments that work well for people with persistent symptoms and cravings that threaten relapse into self-destructive behaviors on a daily basis. Twelve-step programs help people maintain sobriety and further their recovery every day, but it’s not always the best approach. Sometimes, a recovering addict requires a more nuanced treatment method that draws on multiple resources. Here are some alternative methods that have also proven effective.
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This non-profit-based program offers free support to people looking for help in breaking free of addiction and the behaviors that accompany it. SMART uses strategies based on scientific research, including building personal motivation, learning to cope with cravings, managing thoughts and feelings, and leading a balanced life. Participants learn about creating change from within and embracing the fact that the individual is powerless against addiction and needs help in maintaining a proactive approach to recovery. The ultimate goal of SMART is to give each individual the tools they need for self-empowerment.
Addiction recovery depends to a great extent on making the mind-body-spirit connection, which is needed to maintain sobriety and lead a healthy life in all aspects, including social. Consequently, holistic treatment addresses physical, psychological, and spiritual needs. Recovery is seen as much more than a cessation of using intoxicants. An addict must pursue a course of ongoing healing and self-care in all aspects. Holistic treatment facilities generally combine counseling and therapy with alternative strategies such as exercise routines, meditation, art and music therapy, nutrition, and acupuncture. Additionally, addressing negativity at home by performing tasks like decluttering and house cleansing can cause an increase in positive emotions, which is beneficial for individuals who are struggling to manage stress and tensions in the household. The idea is that a recovering addict needs to continue working on self-improvement in multiple parts of his life.
Harm reduction follows an overall strategy that seeks to alter cognitive behavior. Participants discuss the risks and consequences of drug and alcohol use, working toward an innate acceptance of what it means to submit to addiction based on their own experiences and fears. Specifically, they seek to understand the causes of their behavior and how to mitigate those risk factors.
The Life Process program teaches that people can overcome addiction and remain sober without the direct intervention of support groups. Life Process teaches relapse prevention techniques, with self-worth, personal motivation, life skills, and repairing personal relationships at the heart of addiction recovery. Coaching in this program is conducted via the internet and over the phone in individual sessions.
Diet and exercise are important to any successful recovery approach; they are valuable supplements for programs that offer alternatives to 12-step philosophies like AA. Regular exercise and a healthy diet work together to decrease cravings for drugs or alcohol and help you achieve a valuable sense of well-being. It’s important to ensure you’re getting enough vitamins and minerals as well; in order to help you along with the recovery process in a natural way, Colorado Recovery Infusion Center offers amino acid vitamin and mineral infusion therapy within our detoxification program. Regular sleep, meditation, and restful leisure time are also valuable treatment supplements.
Addiction is a notoriously difficult condition to treat, and recovery is an ongoing battle. Treatment should be based on the individual’s addiction and symptoms and should take advantage of all available strategies. Sobriety and abstinence are the goals, and any regimen that achieves those objectives is welcome.
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