Alternative Counseling And Therapy Methods Help Improve The Chances Of Successful Drug Rehabilitation

In addition to physical addictions, drug abuse also come with psychological ones. This is why counseling and therapy sessions are such important components of a drug rehab program. Addressing the psychological roots of drug use further increases the chances of a successful rehab stay. Counseling, however, does not always have to entail the traditional one-on-one or group therapy paradigm. Patients entering into drug rehab should ask about alternative therapy methods capable of alleviating the psychological shackles of addiction.

The Pillow Discussion

One unique therapy method psychologists employ involves allowing a patient to "talk" to a pillow. The pillow acts as a stand-in for someone who may have hurt the patient in the past such as a neglectful parent. The patient is encouraged to completely let go of verbal inhibitions and tell the "person" why his/her actions hurt so much.

The patient may become lost in the moment and reveal deep-rooted, previously hidden feelings. Once these feelings come to light, the psychologist can then work better with the patient to free him/her of negative sentiments fueling addictive behavior. While the patient may hold back from being forthcoming with a therapist, he/she may not be so guarded during the pillow strategy. Ultimately, the goal of this or any other therapy exercise is to achieve better results during the counseling sessions. This is why patients are encouraged to take part in them.

Additional Therapy Strategies During  Drug Rehab

There is a great variety of holistic activities someone trying to overcome addictions could take part in. Each of the activities helps deal with the emotional and mental troubles the patient is struggling with. Helpful activities include and are not limited to:

  • Yoga and Tai Chi: The meditation and breathing control aspects of these exercises help calm the mind and provide a means of alleviating stress. When the patient feels more relaxed thanks to these activities, less anxiety is felt over living in the rehab facility.
  • Art Therapy: Consider this an inverse approach to a Rorschach test. Instead of the patient looking at images and telling the doctor what he/she sees, the patient creates artwork and the doctor is able to view the art to garner insight into the patient's psychological profile.
  • Animal Care: Traveling to a shelter once a week to care for animals as part of therapy not only provides a respite from the "sameness" of treatment, it also helps in many other ways. The therapy can reinforce previously lost feelings of intimacy while reducing aggressive tendencies.

While not the primary therapy sessions during a rehab stint, these alternative treatment methods could play a helpful role in improving a patient's mental health.

Addressing the Physical

Of course, the physical issue of drug dependency must also be treated in order to overcome addiction. While all forms of counseling and therapy are helpful, relying solely on therapy could be highly ill-advised.  Seek inpatient care from a facility that provides the proper medical care to ensure treatment is both effective and safe.

For more information, contact Pacific Ridge or a similar location.


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