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Alternative Treatment

Finding a sense of balance and calm as you work your way through the different (and sometimes difficult) stages of substance abuse treatment and the detoxification process is essential as you move through recovery and into your new sober lifestyle. From detox to stress reduction and simply an overall improvement in your physical, mental, and emotional state of health, incorporating various alternative treatments to your rehabilitation routine has been shown to greatly increase the effectiveness of your in or outpatient rehab process. Luckily, Louisiana is home to various alternative and holistic treatment centers and therapy options, and many of these, when combined with a professional and medical treatment plan, have been proven greatly effective in assisting to help maintain a clean and sober lifestyle for the long term.

In Louisiana, like the rest of the nation, relapse rates for recovering addicts hover close to the 50% mark, according to sources like the National Institute for Drug Abuse. But there are things you can do to increase your odds of staying clean and sober. Recent studies have shown that doing things like attending therapy or bolstering your drug rehab program with alternative treatment can lead to dramatically increased success rates–well beyond the initial recovery phase following detox.

Here’s a look at some of the most popular forms of alternative and holistic drug treatment programs, though it’s important that you seek out the types of facilities, programs, and activities that speak to you on a personal level.

Acupuncture and Acupressure

Developed as part of Chinese medicine well over 2,000 years ago, acupuncture has been a vital part of East Asian medicinal practices ever since. Today, different forms of acupuncture and acupressure are widely practiced throughout Asia, parts of Europe, and the US as a way to stimulate healing, relieve stress, calm cravings and promote well-being.

As a type of alternative treatment, acupuncture utilizes specialized needles, inserted into specific points on your body, as a way to stimulate the release of toxins and help ease the uncomfortable and often painful effects of withdrawals. Many people say that acupuncture also leaves them with a heightened sense of calm and lessened anxiety. Similarly, acupressure utilizes the hundreds of pressure points along the body–mostly found on the hands, feet, arms, and face–and a trained professional to apply pressure to these points, but without the use of needles.


Another great way to release tension and anxiety is through touch, massage therapy, reiki, massage and body work. Helping to improve balance and energy flow, as well as offering a deeper level of relaxation, stress release, pain relief, and peace, treating yourself to a massage if possible can be an excellent way to experience a full-body calm and release some of the anxiety and agitation that is often brought on by the addiction therapy process.


One of the most well-known and often practiced forms of alternative treatments in the world, yoga is a technique that utilizes physical postures, controlled breathing, and mediation. It can increase flexibility, lengthen and strengthen the spine, muscles, tendons, and ligaments, and has also been shown to improve things like focus, calm, patience, and concentration. Regular practitioners of yoga also say it contributes to a greater sense of control in their lives in addition to helping them get the upper hand on their drug and alcohol cravings.

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Make a choice to step away from your addiction. Call your local recovery center in Louisiana for alternative treatment and begin your recovery now.