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What Kinds of Alternative Therapies Are Used to Treat Addiction?

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More than ever before, addiction recovery programs are taking a holistic approach to treatment, utilizing alternative medicine and therapies to produce the best outcomes for patients.  Holistic treatment provides options and customization for those struggling to overcome an addiction and has been shown to contribute to long-term success and a lower rate of relapse. There are several alternative therapies commonly used by addiction treatment programs, and while they might not all be a perfect fit for every individual, everyone in recovery is sure to find value in at least one holistic treatment option.  

Art and Music Therapy

Treatment centers that provide art or music therapy options to those in recovery have been shown to have more success in fostering long-term sobriety in their clients.  Art and music give patients an outlet to express themselves in a way other than conversational therapy, allowing for emotional and mental healing in a less intrusive environment.


Despite being an ancient practice, acupuncture has been shown by modern research to provide relief for a wide variety of ailments.  Acupuncture involves placing very thin needles in different areas of the body to stimulate activity and restore balance. For those in recovery, acupuncture may be able to reduce anxiety and cravings.  Research suggests that acupuncture increases dopamine production in the brain, which can improve mood and act as a replacement for the dopamine stimulation provided by drugs or alcohol.  

Nutrition Therapy 

Addiction greatly affects all bodily functions related to digestion and nutrition.  For those new to recovery, mental and physical symptoms of malnutrition can contribute to stress and the probability of relapse.  Many holistic treatment programs offer nutritional education to patients to empower them to take control of their health. By building a foundation of healthy habits, patients can begin to establish the pillars of a sober lifestyle and improve energy and self-esteem in the process. 

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 that 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 that 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 at 844-413-2690.