Our Integrative Therapies have been carefully selected to complement our medical and therapeutic treatments. They are intended to provide tangible feedback about your progress and obstacles. Most can also serve as resources that you can use in your life beyond treatment.
An essential part of treatment is understanding that you must now respond to how you think and feel differently. Knowledge on its own is not enough. It is imperative to incorporate and integrate these lessons into your new worldview. Integrative therapies provide opportunities for our residents to begin this process in the safe environment of Sabino.
Yoga is a series of physical, spiritual, and mental disciplines initially intended to bring awareness to the mind-body connection and still the mind. Traditional yoga is practiced worldwide but has also been adopted for well-being, using breath control, meditation, and body poses. Yoga is a beautiful practice for people who are recovering from addiction. Abusing alcohol and drugs causes you to lose touch with your body and mind. You can once again become comfortable in your skin by practicing yoga. Yoga can be particularly helpful during the early days of recovery when dealing with significant stress and emotional upheaval.
The benefits of an individual yoga session can complement those of a group yoga session. Each individual session is designed specifically for you and may include the application of meditation, physical movement, chanting, and imagery. This practice serves as a reminder to stay present.
Acupuncture is a practice used in traditional Chinese medicine. We use it at Sabino Recovery to treat trauma, PTSD, depression, insomnia, anxiety, withdrawal, chronic pain, and other stress-related disorders. Acupuncture helps your body heal by restoring the natural balance of your “Qi,” the traditional Chinese concept of a life force.
Massage therapy connects your mind and body and helps you recover deeper. Massage has many therapeutic benefits that increase your well-being by relaxing your sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. It can be effective in managing chronic pain and helps you feel more grounded and in touch with your body. Many people believe that memories and pain are stored in muscle tissue. Massage helps to release this pain so that you can process your trauma.
Craniosacral Therapy uses light touch to relieve tension around the central nervous system. It examines the connective tissue around the cranium and releases the tension created by pain and trauma. This modality is a wonderfully effective way to nourish your adrenal glands and regulate your sleep cycle deeply. It is also beneficial in treating various ailments, including headaches, anxiety, depression, and PTSD.
Reiki is an alternative healing technique used in Japanese medicine for centuries. Known as energy healing, Reiki practitioners direct energy through the natural electric and magnetic fields of their body and of the person they’re working with. The flow of energy encourages your body to heal itself. Sometimes called “healing hands,” Reiki is a no-touch practice. The practitioner hovers their hands over your body to guide energy and magnetic fields. Because there is no physical touch, Reiki is the ideal modality for a treatment setting because it encourages healing without triggering people who struggle with physical touch.
Reiki is a naturally restful practice that helps to regulate the autonomic nervous system. A Reiki session is relaxing and meditative. Multiple peer-reviewed studies have shown that Reiki improves symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression, and more.
Outdoor and Adventure Therapy
Experiential therapies are fun, challenging modalities that focus on doing and living fully in your body. Emotions live in your body, and movement helps you release and process emotions that you can’t fully address in talk therapy.
High and low ropes allow you to challenge your long-held beliefs about your abilities and limitations. These sessions also help you understand how to communicate, form relationships, and establish boundaries. Ultimately, what you learn on the ropes course helps strengthen your recovery while at Sabino Recovery and beyond.
Guided walks and hikes free your mind to feel and think in ways you often cannot when being still. You notice and pay attention to the world around you in new ways.
Horseback riding and equine therapy are available individually and in our family program. Working with horses reveals emotions that you may not even realize are buried. Horses rely solely on emotion and will respond to your energy. These modalities help enhance mindfulness and body awareness.
We’ve added a pickleball court to our campus so our residents can explore this fun sport and take the time to relax. Treatment is very structured by necessity, but decompression is essential during recovery. These times allow our residents to rediscover what brings them joy and create bonding experiences with others in treatment. For those recovering from substances, trauma, or mental illness, exercise is a beautiful way to heal your body by reducing stress, improving your mood, and increasing your energy. It helps prevent relapse by managing stress, depression, and anxiety.
These are essential additions to our other group and individual therapies. They help reduce impulsivity, improve focus and attention, and develop problem-solving skills. These experiential therapies have mood-enhancing benefits that can be helpful for depression and anxiety disorders. They also help you learn how to express emotions in healthier ways. They can help you feel motivated to take an active part in your life, which is the most necessary skill for a successful recovery.
Hot and cold exposure therapy
The benefits of ice baths are well-known for athletes and those who put a lot of strain on their muscles. Ice baths have been shown to reduce muscle soreness, boost your immune system, and increase your circulation. As you recover, you will work through trauma, which can be carried in your body as muscle and joint soreness. Ice baths can also help soothe anxiety and symptoms of depression while mentally fortifying you and preparing you for challenges.
Saunas are widely used worldwide to help reduce stress, improve sleep, and help with muscle soreness and recovery. Saunas use heat to boost your heart strength, clear pores, and help you relax. They’re a great way to take time for yourself and reduce anxiety. Saunas bring moments of stillness and clarity as you heal your body. In recovery, where you work hard to improve your mental health, our sauna presents an opportunity to relax and reduce your anxiety.