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Another helpful aspect of addiction treatment are holistic methods that are encouraged during and after treatment. When your brain is dependent upon a drug, you will need to retrain it to seek pleasure in viable and rewarding places. You won’t be able to enjoy pleasure in ways that aren’t your drug of choice at first, but slowly you will be able to take part in legitimate pleasure. We start to bridge this gap with yoga, hiking, meditation, and other exercises. These activities will retrain your brain to look for the release of neurotransmitters in ways that are rewarding to you.
After you get through detox, you will be ready to start long-term therapy. First, you will work on a personalized addiction recovery plan with your therapist. Your program will be customized to your needs and built around you and your situation. It will be informed by many things, but perhaps the most important will be dual diagnosis screening and treatment. Nearly half of all people with an addiction are also struggling with an underlying mental health illness. Those who have a dual diagnosis require treatment for both ailments in order to stay sober. Dual diagnosis allows you to get the treatment you need while working on your overall mental health and happiness. Individual therapy will be the agent for all this.
Group therapy is also beneficial, though. During group sessions, you will speak with other clients and share your story, hear theirs, and exchange valuable advice that will likely stay with you long after you have left one of Matthew’s Path’s substance abuse centers. The community bonds that are formed here will support you, encourage you, inspire you, and motivate you. The love and support of the other clients will be an incredible asset.