Can Complementary Therapies Assist Pain and Addiction Treatment?

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When most people think of pain, they think of medication. Logistically, it makes sense that medication would be used to treat pain, especially when addiction is involved. Non-addictive medication can certainly become a component of addiction recovery (whether for pain or to help ameliorate withdrawal symptoms), but complementary therapies are becoming widely used to assist these issues as well. If you’ve recently began your journey to recovery at a reputable treatment center, the following are just a few complementary therapies that may be offered:

  • Mindfulness-based therapies such as meditation
  • Yoga
  • Massage therapy
  • Herbal medicines
  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic services
  • Reiki

A 2016 review published in the journal Alternative and Complementary Therapies emphasized the sense of lack of control many people with chronic pain feel: pain, poor quality of life, sleeping disorders, sickness, depression, and inability to concentrate are just a few listed as symptoms that can significantly hinder a person in recovery. When addiction recovery is added to the mix, individuals may experience anxiety, fatigue, aggression, hallucinations, vomiting, seizures and more.

In holistic recovery, the basis is that the mind, body, and spirit are all interrelated. Through these connections, there is an understanding that complementary therapies can essentially affect any of the others, even if they are not the primary mode of activity – for example, by working on meditation, mindfulness, and relaxation, all of which may not specifically involve an active physical component, pain and withdrawal symptoms may become more manageable as the mind relaxes.

You may be wondering how this occurs. Consider the last time you were stressed. Although this was likely caused by outside events (work deadlines, relationship conflict, etc.), you probably felt a lot of tension in your back, neck, legs, etc. If you dwelled on these events, your thoughts likely encouraged other forms of pain to arise such as migraines, headaches, fatigue, and more. In this way, complementary forms of therapy can serve as excellent additions to your treatment regime.

If you’ve been struggling with addiction, seek help today by speaking with a professional from a reputable treatment center to learn more about addiction recovery programs. It’s never too late to begin your journey to recovery.

Simple Recovery is a world-renowned, California state-licensed substance abuse recovery center. We offer dual diagnosis treatment, so if you are experiencing both substance abuse and symptoms of a mental disorder, call us today at 888-743-0490 so that we can work with you to restore your happiness, health, and well-being. You do not have to continue living this way; there are many people here ready to help you.