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  1. Exploring Alternative Treatments for Recovery

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    Support groups, medical treatment, and therapeutic appointments are hallmarks of managing addiction to drugs and alcohol. Often adding more options can create a well-rounded treatment plan. Multiple options can also benefit people learning to manage their mental health issues. 

    Some people might initially look at options outside the typical medical and therapeutic ones as questionable. It is crucial to help clients understand that having an arsenal of choices is a good thing. Remind them that not everything they attempt will be a perfect fit. What counts is knowing they are open to trying new things. They often are surprised when what they initially doubted ends up making a positive difference. 

    The Benefits of Yoga

    Practicing yoga has been a popular activity among all age groups for decades. It can be done as a solo act or as part of a class. Expenses for beginning yoga typically just include the cost of a mat. As the warmer weather moves in, clients can take their mat outside and enjoy nature while getting in a workout. Some of the benefits of yoga include:


    • Relaxation
    • Elevates your energy level
    • Improves sleeping patterns
    • Eases pain from certain medical conditions
    • Provides stress relief
    • Helps improve moods
    • Promotes a healthy heart
    • Enhances a person’s balance and flexibility


    Learning to Center the Mind Through Meditation

    It can be challenging for those who deal with addiction and mental health issues to focus their thinking. Racing thoughts and anxiety-prone reactions can impair their ability to feel control over their lives. Meditation helps center a person’s mind, which lends itself to feelings of confidence and positivity. Discuss with your client what they can achieve by making meditation a regular activity in their lives. Benefits can include:


    • Reduces stress levels
    • Lessened anxiety
    • Reduces symptoms of depression
    • Decreases blood pressure
    • Increases positive feelings about yourself and others
    • Improves sleep patterns
    • Boosts circulation and aids in pain releif
    • Lengthens attention spans


    Letting Go on a Massage Table

    Massage therapy can seem self-indulgent if taken only at face value. Many clients may not understand that it can be part of a person’s recovery and overall good mental health. Many people experience getting massages as self-care, which may be a new thing for them. More than one type of massage exists, including deep tissue, Swedish, sports-related, and trigger point. 

    If a client is reticent to try massage therapy, discuss how the benefits can include:


    • Reduces stress hormones
    • Promotes relaxation
    • Reduces pain and sore muscles
    • Improves skin tone
    • Increases joint mobility
    • Improves circulation
    • Improves energy
    • Lowers blood pressure and heart rate
    • Lessens muscle tension
    • Improves soft tissue injuries


    Treat What’s “Needling” a Person With Acupuncture

    The ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture has been used for generations. Acupuncture is a medical procedure in which a practitioner inserts very thin needles into strategic points of a person’s body. Those who are inexperienced with the practice may assume it is a painful procedure, but the types of needles used are different than those typically found in a physician’s office. Most patients report feeling little or no pain when the needles are inserted or removed. 

    Traditional Chinese practitioners point to acupuncture to help balance the energy flow in a person’s body. Western practitioners tend to focus more on the benefits related to stimulating body parts. These can include muscles, nerves, and tissues. Many patients believe they experience a myriad of benefits from both sets of ideals, which keeps them returning for more sessions.

    Benefits from acupuncture can include:


    • Reduces headaches and migraines
    • Reduces neck and back pain
    • Helps reduce menstrual cramps
    • Promotes relaxation
    • Reduces stress levels
    • Improves the immune system
    • Enhances mental clarity
    • Helps increase energy levels
    • Reduces nausea and vomiting related to chemotherapy


    How Aromatherapy Can Help Recovery

    Aromatherapy can seem like some “new age” hobby to some people. While it is a holistic type of treatment, many people derive positive benefits from aromatherapy. One way to engage in aromatherapy is by using essential oils. These are extracted from natural plants and often used in conjunction with a diffuser. Other ways to employ aromatherapy include the use of spritzers, inhalers, bath salts, body oils, and lotions.

    There are also less formal ways to employ the use of aromas to promote mental health benefits. Many people enjoy using scented candles and favorite scents of incense. Those who receive benefits from aromatherapy count improved health related to their bodies and minds. These benefits can include:


    • Improves sleep patterns
    • Reduces anxiety levels
    • Helps reduce stress
    • Improves digestion
    • Helps manage pain
    • Reduces headaches and migraines
    • Helps boost immunity
    • Aids in fighting bacteria


    When it comes to recovery for addiction and mental health issues, a few approaches are common. Medical interventions and therapy prove helpful to many people. It can expand a person’s recovery when they explore alternative treatment methods to complement the more traditional ones. These can include yoga, meditation, massage therapy, acupuncture, and aromatherapy. Sustain Recovery recognizes that their clients are individuals and knows how to formulate the right treatment program for them. If you have an adolescent or young adult client who needs help with addiction to drugs or alcohol, we are happy to explore our options for them. We also treat co-occurring mental health conditions. We offer inpatient, outpatient, and residential programs for young people looking to change their lives. Our beautiful Southern California location offers proven programs that teach young people how to take responsibility for their lives and embrace long-lasting recovery. Call us to discuss the needs of your clients today! (949) 407-9052.

  2. Ongoing Support for Teens in Recovery

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    The external and internal influences that created a person’s drug addiction and alcoholism do not disappear after he completes one or more stints in an addiction recovery program. An addict can be released from a recovery program feeling refreshed and energized, and fully intent to stay away from drugs and alcohol, but reality can sweep in and defeat even the most resolved recovering addict. Teens who are in the early stages of recovery from drug addiction or alcoholism are particularly prone to the forces and temptations that led them into substance abuse. More than other recovering addicts, teens need ongoing support after their initial withdrawal and rehab to keep them on a path to long-term sobriety.

    “Aftercare Therapy”
    Aftercare therapy and ongoing support for teens who are recovering from drug addiction or alcoholism can include several different types of therapies, educational programs, participation in substance-free social and vocational activities, temporary residency in a transitional halfway house, and behavioral counseling to teach the recovering teen how to handle the internal and external stresses that formed the sparks for his addiction. Individual, one-on-one counseling is effective to diagnose and treat depression, anxiety, or other psychological disorders that might have contributed to a teen’s substance abuse. Addiction and alcoholism are illnesses that are separate from other psychological disorders and that need to be treated separately to ensure a successful recovery. Group therapy will be better able to help a recovering teen to manage and maintain his sobriety while giving him peer group support that he can turn to when he faces temptations to use drugs or alcohol.

    “Substance Abuse Education”
    Substance abuse education and behavioral and occupational therapy can also be important components of a teen’s aftercare addiction program. A teen in recovery can rely on this education and therapy to learn how to recognize certain behaviors that lead to drug or alcohol use. He is also likely to experience bouts of boredom or uncertainty leading from a lack of knowledge and experience regarding activities that he can participate in as a substitute for drugs and alcohol. Addictive substances have a way of crowding ideas about alternative activities out of an addict’s mind. Educational and experiential programs can be useful to expose teens in recovery to various artistic or athletic opportunities that they would never have considered while they were under the influence of drugs or alcohol. From a broader perspective, these programs will also teach teens alternative coping mechanisms to deal with the stresses and disappointments that they may experience as a regular part of their lives.

    “Aftercare Therapy”
    Aftercare therapy for teens can also include more mundane requirements including regular testing for drug or alcohol use. As invasive and annoying as drug testing may seem to a teen, it can add structure and support to his life. Knowing that he will be tested for alcohol or drug use, either on a regular basis or at random, can be a strong motivating factor that helps a teen to stay away from those substances.

    “Pharmaceutical Therapy”
    Some teens who are at the farthest outpost of aftercare therapy might benefit from pharmaceutical therapy that substitutes low-risk medical substances for drugs or alcohol. Those substances can help to reduce cravings that lead to a relapse during early stages of aftercare support. All use of those substances should be temporary and should be administered only under careful supervision of an addiction recovery physician.

    Sustain Recovery Services in southern California can help to provide ongoing support for adolescents and young adults who are recovering from drug addiction and alcoholism. Please see our website or call us at 949-407-9052 for more information about our services or to arrange a confidential consultation with one of our counselors.

I first met Sayeh in November of 2013 just after my 15 year old daughter had been admitted to a residential treatment program. As part of the program I was required to attend 2-3 AlAnon meetings a week. Sayeh attended the same AlAnon meetings as well as Alumni events as I. It soon became apparent to me that Sayeh had a heart for recovery, program, and God. When I was encouraged to get a sponsor I didn’t hesitate. Dependable, respectful, kind and generous of spirit, she exudes an inner peace that I hope to achieve with her loving guidance, as I work my own program. She is patient, & full of wisdom that she is always happy to share with her sponsees and fellow parents. I am so grateful our journeys brought us together.

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