An important part of treatment is understanding that you must now think, feel, and respond in different ways. Yet that knowledge is rarely enough. The victim of trauma may know that recovery means paying attention to how their bodies hold on to and express trauma and how that affects their choices. The alcoholic can tell you quite clearly and honestly that he needs to stop drinking as he is taking a drink. But until these lessons are incorporated and integrated, simply knowing what one should or shouldn’t do is rarely enough. Our Integrative Therapies have been carefully selected to complement our medical and therapeutic treatments. Their purpose is 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.
Yoga is a system of exercises for well-being that includes breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific body postures. Yoga is a wonderful practice for people who are recovering from addiction. Abusing alcohol and drugs causes people to lose touch with their bodies and minds. 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. As the objective of yogic principles is to address the complexities of human suffering, while honoring and cultivating human strengths, this practice serves as a reminder to return to wholeness and leads to a deeper more intimate connection with ourselves and those around us
Acupuncture is a practice that has been used effectively for centuries. It is considered one of the oldest natural forms of medicine. At Sabino Recovery it is used to treat trauma, PTSD, depression, insomnia, anxiety, withdrawal, chronic pain, and other stress-related disorders. Acupuncture works by assisting the body to heal itself by restoring the natural balance of one’s “Qi.”
Massage therapy provides an opportunity for recovery to work at a much deeper level by connecting the body and mind. Massage has many therapeutic benefits and increases one’s overall sense of well-being by relaxing the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system. It facilitates and supports becoming “in touch” and “grounded” within one’s own body and can be effective in managing chronic pain. It is believed by many that our muscle tissues hold memories. Some memories can reside deep in our bodies, seemingly dormant. The manipulation of muscle tissue through massage can often release the trauma and negativity of these memories from our bodies.
Shiatsu is a form of massage that originated in Japan and is defined as “finger pressure.” It is facilitated with the recipient fully clothed while the on a massage table or a floor mat. It differs from conventional massage as it is done with slow, consistent, methodical movements accessing pressure points and pathways called meridians. Sessions may also incorporate passive manipulation and gentle stretching. Shiatsu is profoundly relaxing and has the same therapeutic benefits as conventional massage.
CST helps to relieve injuries and trauma in muscles and connective tissue. It energetically connects the cranium and sacrum by using a soft, gentle, non-invasive touch. It releases the soft tissues surrounding the central nervous system where past injury or trauma may have occured. This modality is a wonderfully effective way to deeply nourish the adrenal glands and help to better regulate sleep cycles. It is also beneficial in treating a variety of ailments including headaches, anxiety, depression, and PTSD.
Reiki is a pleasant and effective tool to aid with stress reduction and relaxation. When the body and mind are relaxed, the body can work to repair and heal and the mind may function with more clarity. Thus, Reiki may assist the body in creating an environment to facilitate healing. There are many conditions that Reiki may help with. Reiki is a great tool to use as a compliment to traditional medicine and 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
It is easy to assume that treatment is all about “talking.” Sometimes, the most powerful and impactful breakthroughs happen by “doing.” At Sabino Recovery, we provide experiential therapies that can be both fun and challenging. Emotions live in the body and are connected to feelings. Movement helps us release and process feelings and emotions that cannot be as well address by talk therapy. High and low ropes courses challenge long-held beliefs about your abilities and limitations. These sessions also help you to understand how you work with others, form relationships, and establish boundaries. Ultimately, what is learned 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 still and allow you to notice and pay attention to the world around you in ways in which you are unaccustomed.
Horseback riding and equine therapy are offered on an individual basis and provide further mindfulness and body awareness.
These modalities are an important adjunct to our other group and individual therapies as they help reduce impulsivity, improve focus and attention and develop problem-solving skills. Additionally, these experiential therapies have mood-enhancing benefits that can be very helpful to individuals with depressive and anxiety disorders, as well as learning healthier expression of emotions. They also help to increase the motivation to be an active part of one’s own life, which is the most necessary skill for a successful recovery.