About Addiction Treatments
Recovering from addiction is a long-term process that often involves some trial and error. Most doctors agree that some sort of therapy is essential to addiction recovery. However, there are various types of therapy for people to consider:
- Motivational interviewing
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Group therapy
- Peer support
- Family or Couple’s therapy
- Religious therapy
In addition to some sort of therapy to address the mental health aspects of therapy, people may receive medication that helps reduce cravings or help with underlying issues including depression, anxiety, or PTSD. When an addiction has driven a person to an extreme place, they may need additional services such as life training skills or employment training. Beyond that, it is important for people to regularly see a general physician for check ups and to monitor health issues brought upon by drug or alcohol abuse.
Both doctors and psychiatrists recommend certain lifestyle changes that support sobriety. These changes include adding exercise, practicing mindfulness, getting enough sleep, and eating a wholesome diet. All these things support a healthy and happy lifestyle whether you have an addiction or not, but they truly provide structure and discipline that help addicts reintegrate into society.
Seeking mental health support, getting physical check-ups, and making positive lifestyle changes all contribute to holistic addiction recovery. While not everyone needs to build upon these treatments, some people find alternative recovery methods helpful for supplementing their sobriety.
Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) Therapy
Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide is a coenzyme derivative of vitamin B3 found in all living cells. NAD therapy provides a mega-dose of the coenzyme is in IV form as a way to improve mental clarity, increase cognitive function, fine-tune focus and concentration, boost energy, improve mood, and generally create a more positive outlook. The treatment has been found to reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms in addicts. Regular NAD treatments promote a positive attitude and “reboot” the brain in a way that prevents depression and anxiety symptoms.
Acupuncture is an alternative medicinal treatment that attempts to facilitate physical healing by manipulating and improving the flow of a person’s life force or chi. Acupuncturists do this by inserting needles into specific pressure points that correlate with other parts of the body. Many people believe that acupuncture treatment-- in particular, the Ear Acupuncture protocol for recovery from addictions-- can help reduce cravings, alleviate anxiety, prevent sleep disturbance, and reduce the need for pharmaceuticals. Furthermore, it may help create a more optimistic and synergistic attitude towards recovery and staying in it.
You may think yoga falls into the “exercise/lifestyle changes” mentioned above, but yoga for addiction recovery is about more than breaking a sweat. Joining a yoga community provides emotional and spiritual support for addicts who find themselves handling a lot of their burdens on their own. The practice also improves a person’s ability to stay mindful and grateful throughout the day.
Addiction is a treatable disease, but like other diseases patients are at risk of relapse. Using a multi-pronged approach reduces symptoms and prevents relapse. In addition to therapy, medication, and positive lifestyle changes, many people use alternative recovery methods such as NAD therapy, acupuncture, and yoga to supplement their sobriety efforts.
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.