Addiction is controlled by the frontal part of the brain that controls reward and cognitive control. Addiction is a complex disease that can rarely be stopped cold turkey. If you or someone you know needs help recovering from their addiction, there is always someone on standby waiting for you to reach out. It is important to know that you (or them) are never alone in their battle. Here are 5 options outside of traditional addiction treatment centers that could be of great service, so keep reading to learn more.
1. Acupuncture Addiction Treatment
The application of acupuncture for addiction treatment works on many levels. Traditional acupuncture treats the person as a whole instead of just symptoms. A liver detoxing flush, easing withdrawal symptoms, relieving body pain, and soothing mental worries can all be addressed in traditional or ear acupuncture for addiction therapy.
Hypnotherapy is a psychological process that usually takes several one-hour sessions to be effective. Working with the subconscious mind to reprogram the areas of the brain that control addiction, and focus on new life goals. Hypnotherapy for addiction treatment also addresses trauma and pain.
A hypnotherapist is a trained professional that uses a calming voice to talk you through the session, but you are fully aware of everything that is happening and can terminate the session at any time.
3. Deep Breathwork
Did you know that you can heal yourself and treat addiction just with your breath? The mind is a very powerful tool that reacts to controlled deep breathing and has astounding positive effects with addiction treatment. Other practices that tie in deep breathwork are yoga, meditation, Tai Chi, and Qi Gong.
4. Ayurvedic and Homeopathic Treatment
Ayurveda is a pseudoscientific Indian alternative medicine practice. The application of it for addiction is often an 8 (or more) step program or ritual that helps to identify the root cause of the addiction, treat all systems of the body, detox, reset the systems, and move forward in life in a healthier more purposeful way.
- Balancing the body
Homeopathy is another pseudoscientific alternative medicine with little to no side effects. Taking natural herbal remedies will help with restlessness, anxiety, stomach issues, and start to make the body feel relaxed in homeostasis without the need for substances.
- Nux vomica
If you are interested in trying these remedies you can search for a healer in your area that can help guide you.
5. Light and Sound Therapy
Light therapy works by targeting areas of the brain with exposure to a special red light and significantly reduces addictive behaviors. This form of therapy works on both serious drug and alcohol addiction.
Sound therapy works through both noises and vibrations from the sound to calm, soothe, and heal the body. Used in conjunction with light therapy it proves to be very effective in helping to move past addictions.
While you are receiving light and sound therapy, you can tie in the very simple hand mudras. The Kalesvara mudra is for redirecting energy in the body, Apan Vayu mudra calms the body and regulates the heart, and Buddhi is for mental clarity.
Create a Shift
Changing current habits, rituals, or schedules can shake the body, mind, and spirit up letting your being know that there is a major change about to happen.
- Set a goal
- Change your diet
- Hang out at different places
- Choose other friends
- Pick up a new hobby
Trust the process, and take each day as it comes.
Just for Today
Though it is best to keep things simple as you go through what can be dramatic changes of addiction treatment, using the combination of more than one of these treatments may be helpful to get you through mentally, physically, emotionally, and even spiritually.
You are not alone, The Process Recovery Center is waiting for you to reach out for guidance and there to support you in your journey of wellness and recovery. Just for today, do not worry.