Addiction Therapy & Programs
Equine Therapy for Addiction
When you were a kid, did you yearn to own a horse? You thought of horseback riding, and caring for horses—brushing and currying them, feeding and petting them—as great fun. But did you know horses could figure into your addiction therapy, too?
At Square One Recovery we are cognizant that interaction with horses can help promote emotional growth and personal development in our clients. Not only adolescents but adults too can actually benefit, and it is particularly useful for those individuals who have not responded well to the “talking therapies,” although it is extremely useful for others in recovery as well.
Interaction with a horse does not replace the other types of therapy offered at Square One Recovery but often is a valuable adjunct. And even if the client doesn’t ride the horse, he or she can benefit from grooming, feeding, exercising, and otherwise interacting with the horse.
Equine therapy is effective on a variety of levels, such as by giving the individual a new focus, by teaching him or her to take responsibility, by counteracting feelings of inadequacy and lack of self-confidence, by instilling a feeling of accomplishment, and by conferring a sense of personal value.
Equine therapy is a marvelously healing and totally non-invasive tool to aid in enabling a recovery from substance abuse and addiction, and at Square One Recovery we are pleased to offer it to our clients as part of a larger, comprehensive therapy picture.
They say that “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” (or Jill a dull girl), but what of play that’s helpful beyond just making a person more interesting? What of play that is actually helpful—even therapeutic?
We’re talking about golf, and yes, we’re talking about golf as one form of therapy for substance abusers in recovery.
Golf is a sport that tasks both the body and the mind. It is health-giving, invigorating, and challenging, and requires patience, persistence, determination, and learning to keep your temper and impatience in check—all characteristics that are also helpful to the recovering addict.
For the individual seeking treatment who is already a golfer, golf therapy affords an opportunity to engage in a favorite sport and actually derive a therapeutic benefit from it too. The person who has never before played golf may find a new passion in life—and one that offers a wealth of benefits to his or her recovery as well.
Who ever would have thought that your favorite sport could be key on your path to recovery? It can—and at Square One Recovery we’ll show you just how!
Yes, yoga is a form of exercise, and yes, exercise is a valuable aspect of most recovery centers’ programs, but yoga is so much more than that. At Square One Recovery we recognize that yoga is a remarkable complement to other aspects of the recovery process.
Yoga is much more than simply a form of exercise. One thing it accomplishes is to teach new coping mechanisms. This is vital for the client who has fallen back on alcohol and/or drugs to cope with life’s stresses, tensions, and disappointments. It also brings its practitioners into a peaceful state. Yoga teaches self-discipline, a vital tool to possess for the individual who wants to fight off any future cravings for alcohol and/or drugs.
We here at Square One Recovery recognize yoga for the vital tool it is in overcoming addiction to drugs and/or alcohol, and we integrate it in the program with which we help our clients who are struggling to stop abusing one or more substances.
Most people who have had a massage at least once, if not regularly, enjoy the relaxing and feel-good effects, but did you know that massage is an effective and proven therapy in the battle to overcome addictions?
One of the reasons massage is so effective is that it is a time-honored stress reducer, and stress is a key trigger in substance abuse. Massage also promotes a rise in beta-endorphins, which confer pleasurable sensations. Clients who receive massage therapy not only feel markedly less stressed but feel a rise in their overall sense of wellness.
Massage helps not only during the rehab phase of treatment but also during detox. Massage produces an increased blood flow in the recipient, which helps with lymph drainage and muscle relaxation, as well as tissue nourishment. And its feel-good aspect can lift depression, reduce pain, and reduce cravings.
At Square One Recovery we believe in giving our clients every advantage, every edge, as they learn to live drug-free and alcohol-free lives.
What do Oriental doctors know that Western doctors have only relatively recently been catching on to? One answer to that question involves the use of acupuncture. Over the last few decades, acupuncture has been gaining in popularity and acceptance, and now comes the realization that this ancient Oriental medicine can also help in conquering addictions. Just as some hard-core smokers have been able to overcome their dependence on nicotine, so, too, can those addicted to drugs and/or alcohol find relief through acupuncture.
One New York City hospital, which at first used acupuncture as an adjunct therapy to methadone treatment for hard-core heroin addicts, soon found that the acupuncture worked so well that it was totally feasible to drop the methadone and rely on acupuncture alone.
And it is not just heroin. Acupuncture works against any substance addiction. That includes alcohol, “street drugs,” “designer drugs,” and prescription meds that are abused.
One of acupuncture’s effects is to raise the endorphin level in the bloodstream—but, being a natural and benign process, it does this organically. Here at Square One Recovery, we incorporate a wealth of therapies in the recovery process, some traditional for recovery and some relatively newer discoveries, but all of them effective.
Recognizing addiction as a disease is the first step toward a multi-disciplinary focus that guides us to attack the situation not just emotionally but physically, using many techniques and disciplines. One of these is chiropractic.
Chiropractic has come a long way from the days when it was derided as quackery. Many MDs now refer their patients to chiropractors. It is at long last recognized as a valid science—and for a whale of a lot more problems than just bad backs.
One of the problems chiropractic is well equipped to deal with is addiction. Chiropractic works not only on the cause of addiction but on its many effects, as well. At Square One Recovery we treat the client as a person. We don’t just treat the illness. And we recognize that addiction can cause many related problems that result from the patient not eating right, not sleeping properly, generally not taking care of himself/herself, and poisoning his/her system with alcohol and/or other substances.
Chiropractic can not only combat the anxiety or depression that may spur an individual to seek relief or numbness through substance abuse, it can also help with the collateral damage that may arise as a result of that substance abuse. Chiropractic can also work directly on fighting the cravings for mood-altering substances.
Chiropractic can thus help during the detox stage as well as during the rehab stage, by making detox at Square One Recovery an easier process than it would be otherwise.
Chiropractic treatments promote the body’s release of such neurotransmitters as serotonin and dopamine, which produce feelings of well-being in an individual.
Treatment for substance abuse that includes chiropractic typically achieves results significantly faster than comparable treatment that isn’t augmented by chiropractic.
Biosound and Neurofeedback
Sometimes it’s hard to maintain our “inner gyroscopes” in the face of the world’s clamor. Not only is the world a noisy place, but that noise can be very disquieting to our inner peace. How do you maintain your equilibrium in the face of raised voices, angry drivers blaring the horns of their vehicles, TV newscasters spreading the latest disaster news, noisy neighbors, and more? Not only is all this emotionally unsettling, it can actually affect us physically as well.
Biosound is a process that actually can change the body’s vibrational frequency at a cellular level. In tandem with neurofeedback, another of the newer therapies that are rapidly gaining acceptance, it can help bring calm to a troubled body, mind, and soul.
People who abuse alcohol or drugs are often using substances as a coping mechanism, frequently because their emotional equilibrium has been upset. At Square One Recovery we recognize that substance abuse, be it of alcohol, drugs, or both, is most often a symptom of an underlying problem. What is the point of trying to guide someone to live in recovery, clean and sober, if the underlying problem isn’t addressed? While we can’t remove all of life’s stressors, we can teach our clients better coping mechanisms for dealing with those stressors.
Biosound and neurofeedback are just two of the methodologies we use here at Square One Recovery to help our clients regain not just peace of mind but peace of body.