Our Integrative Therapies have been carefully selected to complement our medical and therapeutic treatments. They are intended to provide you with tangible feedback about your progress and your obstacles. Most can also serve as resources that you can use in your life beyond treatment.
An important part of treatment is understanding that you must now respond to how you think and feel in different ways. 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 that were originally intended to bring awareness to the mind-body connection and still the mind. Traditional yoga is practiced worldwide but has also been adopted as a practice for well-being that uses breath control, meditation, and body poses. Yoga is a wonderful practice for people who are recovering from addiction. Abusing alcohol and drugs causes you to lose touch with your body and mind. By practicing yoga, you can once again become comfortable in your own skin. Yoga can be particularly helpful during the early days of recovery when you are 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 itself 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 on a deeper level. Massage has many therapeutic benefits that increase your sense of 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 is used to examine the connective tissue around the cranium and release the tension created by pain and trauma. This modality is a wonderfully effective way to deeply nourish your adrenal glands and regulate your sleep cycle. It is also beneficial in treating a variety of ailments including headaches, anxiety, depression, and PTSD.
Reiki is a form of energy healing that is used for stress reduction and relaxation. It is a practice that does not use touch, instead the practitioner uses “healing hands” to move energy through their hands and the client’s body. This energy encourages physical and emotional healing. Reiki is a great tool that compliments traditional medicine. It is practiced in many hospitals and medical care settings in addition to private practice. Many people utilize Reiki as a part of their overall wellness plan to enhance recovery.
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 on an individual basis 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.
These are an important addition 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.