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Treating Mental Health Disorders Without Medication

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There are many medications available that can be used to treat various mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, and bipolar disorder. These medications, when used as prescribed while under the supervision of a medical professional, have been found to be safe and effective for many people. However, due to various reasons including personal preference, some people with mental health disorders choose to avoid medication and use other alternative treatments to manage their symptoms. For individuals with substance use disorders and co-occurring mental illnesses, it is important to work with a therapist or addiction counselor to find the most effective treatment for your unique needs.

Physical Health Impacts Mental Health

Everyone who is struggling with a mental health disorder and addiction should focus on prioritizing their physical health, but this is especially true for those who choose to decline prescription medications. Taking good care of your body has a direct impact on your mood and ability to cope with stress. Eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and ensuring you get adequate sleep can significantly improve your ability to manage a mental health disorder. Even those who choose to take medications find that managing mental health symptoms without these healthy habits is very difficult. 

Holistic and Therapeutic Options

In addition to maintaining a foundation of health, mental health disorders may also be treated with a wide array of therapeutic techniques. Cognitive behavioral therapy and hypnosis are popular options that have been shown to be very effective in improving symptoms of mental illness. Additionally, incorporating holistic healing practices into your life such as yoga and meditation can significantly improve your mental health and prevent relapse while in recovery from addiction. It is important to inform yourself as much as possible about mental health medications before deciding to seek unmedicated treatment, but managing mental health symptoms without medications is possible for some individuals.

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, now is the time to reach out for help. At Arbor Behavioral Healthcare, you will meet knowledgeable, compassionate professionals who understand addiction in all its forms. The Arbor uses an integrative and holistic approach to treat addiction and mental health issues. No treatment is one-size-fits-all, and at The Arbor you will have a team of experts prepared to create your customized treatment plan. We offer care for your mind, body, and spirit so you can heal from the inside out and look forward to a lifetime of sobriety and wellness. If you are ready to take the first step in your recovery, please call us today at 844-413-2690.