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Alternative Treatment

Addiction specialists provide a variety of treatment modalities to treat the entire person as a whole. In some cases, individual and group therapies may not provide the insight that patients need in order to understand their addiction and change their behavior. Alternative treatment is available to Rhode Island residents, to provide another option for therapy that explores deeper aspects of their personalities and their relationship to the world.

What Is Alternative Treatment?

Traditional addiction treatment relies heavily on talk therapy to help patients understand the motivations and behaviors that contribute to addiction. However, some patients do not feel that talk therapy is beneficial to them. For these patients, alternative treatment may serve as a better option for getting in touch with their inner lives, their bodies, and their behaviors.

How Can Alternative Treatment Help in Recovery From Addiction?

Alternative treatment can provide additional methods of obtaining insight into thoughts and emotions that contribute to substance abuse and addiction. These methods can provide help for patients on a number of levels, such as helping to deal with stress, increasing their physical health, encouraging emotional understanding, and promoting interaction with others. Combined, the advancement in these areas can help patients become more successful people as they begin to rebuild their lives after addiction.

Art Therapy

The expression of hidden emotions through art, can help patients dealing with addiction to better understand themselves and their reactions. Experiences that may not be easily expressed in speech, can take on a clearer meaning when revealed in a piece of artwork. Painting, sculpture, collage, and other media can offer patients new ways to understand themselves and their world.

Music therapy

The calming effect of music can help patients deal with everyday stress and can provide a positive outlet for emotions. Even individuals who do not have a musical background have benefitted from simple music activities, such as drum circles, which helps them learn to interact effectively with others and engage in a constructive group activity.

Restorative Yoga

Addiction often causes individuals to lose touch with their own bodies and normal sensations. Restorative yoga helps patients to reconnect using structured positions and breathing techniques that help to improve emotional and physical health.

Equine therapy

Animals sense the human condition beneath the words and actions. They can provide a therapeutic mirror on inner emotions that may have been hidden for years. Horses are particularly proficient in helping people get in touch with their inner self. In equine therapy, patients learn to match their emotions with their exterior actions to become calmer and more authentic in their relationships with themselves and with others.


Biofeedback is a technique that uses technology to controlled thoughts, emotions, and physical reactions. It uses a special device that measures heart rate and breathing. The patient is then trained to change the physical reactions that are measured on the device to help deal with stress and cravings.


The ancient Chinese healing practice of acupuncture, uses very fine needles that are inserted into specific energy points in the body to decrease pain and improve health. Acupuncture can help to reduce cravings and improve mental health in addiction patients.

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic manipulation and other methods can help patients deal with cravings and stress that undermines their ability to maintain abstinence. The alignment of the spine and related nerves, helps individuals recover from years of abuse from substances and improves mood and attitude.

Principles of Effective Alternative Treatment

Alternative treatment must fulfill certain recognized requirements for effective treatment for addiction:

  • It recognizes that not all treatments will benefit every patient.
  • The therapy must fulfill a number of the patient’s needs
  • It must be readily available to the patients.
  • The therapy must be engaged in for a period of time, in order for the patient to benefit.
  • A therapy may be combined with other methods to provide the greatest benefit to the patient.
  • Patients should be evaluated on a regular basis to ensure that the therapy is appropriate and whether or not it needs to be altered.

After Alternative Treatment

Many alternative treatments can be continued after the program to provide relief from cravings. These therapies may be combined with counseling or attendance at support group meetings, so that patients can continue their recovery after a program has ended.

If you are ready to take on your addiction problem and you feel that alternative treatment may be the right for you, contact a Rhode Island addiction facility today to learn more about the available options.