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Non-Medication Coping Strategies

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  Realizing that you need help with an addiction or mental illness can be a scary thing to consider. It can be hard to admit that you need help that you alone cannot provide for yourself. Admitting to others that you need help can be even more difficult. Reaching out doesn’t make you weak; you are strong for knowing when you must go beyond yourself for help. It’s one of the biggest things you can do. It is life-changing. Deciding what kind of treatment is best for you is often the next step. It’s important to talk to medical professionals for their professional opinion. Whatever you discuss is confidential. If you are open to one kind of treatment but not another, that is okay. Many people do not want to start their treatment with medication and that is okay! There are many other natural options and types of therapy out there that can benefit you. Even people who take medication combine different therapy methods to create a self-care routine that works for them. Continue reading to learn more about alternates to medication therapy.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a type of therapy where you talk with a therapist about your thoughts. This helps to get your emotions out in the open instead of bottling them up in your head. The therapist will help make you aware of how your thoughts impact your behavior. They will teach you techniques that you can use to help you stop negative spirals before they begin. With Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, you are working on treating the whole problem, including past traumas and other root issues, instead of just masking the symptoms.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy is a type of therapy that helps you navigate stress, control emotions, and improve relationships. This helps people who struggle with self-destructive behavior like substance misuse. This type of therapy can be done in a group setting or in an individual setting. With Dialectical Behavior Therapy, you learn new skills that help you deal with your problem areas and better your life.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is a type of treatment that is non-invasive for people struggling with treatment-resistant depression. During this treatment, the person is awake and magnets are held around their head. The magnets stimulate nerve cells in your brain and help to alleviate symptoms of depression. With Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, many people have found relief.


Mindfulness is a great technique for everyone to practice. When people think of mindfulness, they may not know exactly where to begin. Mindfulness, however, isn’t difficult. This technique is done when you are in touch with your thoughts and emotions and focus on the present moment you are in. Mindfulness can be done during yoga or meditation. With mindfulness, you can help calm your worries and bring joy to your life.


Exercise is a great technique for everyone, but especially people who are struggling with a mental illness or substance use disorder. Exercising improves your mood and promotes overall health and wellness. The purpose of this technique is to get moving, which helps those feel-good neurotransmitters in your brain to flow. With exercise, you can start to feel better.

Arbor Behavioral Healthcare is here to help you during a tough time. We know that coupling different therapies together can work wonders. We also know that medication isn’t for everyone. These few things can be implemented in your routine and bring joy to your life. Call us now for more information about how we can help you. Call now at (844) 413-2690.