Supportive Holistic Therapies
Integrative, holistic therapies can be tremendously helpful for individuals at various phases of their treatment for addiction. They can also play a key role in helping to sustain the ongoing recovery process after the initial treatment phase.
At MCCA we offer several different holistic healing modalities at a number of our facilities. The following is a highlight of the supportive therapies and how they work to support the recovery process. Please ask your counselor what therapies may be available in their location.
Detoxing from substances is one of the first steps in the recovery process, however, the process can be very stressful on the body. MCCA offers clients the opportunity to utilize Acu Detox – a supportive acupuncture therapy to aid the recovery process that encompasses body, mind, and spirit.
Acu Detox therapy involves gently placing five small, sterilized disposable stainless steel needles in specific sites in each ear and leaving them in while clients sit quietly in a meditative state for 30 to 45 minutes. Stimulation of these ear points reduces stress and anxiety, lessens depression and insomnia, and alleviates the craving for substances, helping to aid in the recovery process. Clients have reported improved appetites and sleep after undergoing Acu Detox, while others have felt more relaxed and less stressed in the days following the therapy. Some people who have therapies will pair others together to see if it benefits them even more. They may have this therapy and use a foot detox machine. Using this type of machine will draw out toxins that have accumulated within the body and may be contributing to exhaustion or feelings of sickness etc. a detox machine like this could be beneficial to someones recovery or ongoing treatment, it is always best to talk to a healthcare professional about this first to see if it might be for you.
The treatment, delivered by MCCA’s certified Acupuncture clinicians can enhance recovery at any phase. It is unique in that it is effective regardless of the client’s level of motivation and tends to increase his or her ability to effectively participate in other aspects of therapy.
Addiction is a complex disease caused by a number of underlying facets, and is often referred to as an illness of the mind, body and spirit. Because there is an emotional component to this disease, practicing mindfulness meditation can help to support an individual’s recovery process and emotional well-being.
Research has shown us that the brain’s plasticity, its ability to change by creating new pathways and learn, is possible in adulthood. Meditation can literally change the brains of ordinary people and potentially improve their health.
Mindlessness is about gentle observation, openness, and non-judgement of one’s self and experience. When we develop self-awareness through meditation, it has positive effects of lessening our anxiety and stress levels. An ongoing practice can also help us cultivate resilience, and improve our ability to bounce back after difficult experiences.
Asking for help is the first step.
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