Complementary therapies add to medical treatments and counseling by supporting abstinence, sobriety, and the journey to sustainable recovery.
Experiential therapies add a non-verbal outlet for self-expression by providing hands-on, immersive experience designed to promote insight, develop coping skills & personal growth and most importantly, have fun.
They bring joy into a time which is commonly challenging and difficult. They also teach the changes that bring about a joyous, peaceful, and fulfilling sober life based.
Tailored to address the diverse needs of clients on their journey towards sustained recovery, each therapy offers distinct benefits that enhance self-awareness, foster emotional expression, promote physical well-being, or develop practical life skills. This provides clients with a personalized toolkit for healing and personal growth that become part of life of sustained recovery. Relearning how to have a good time and how to do so without intoxicants is the pathway to success. We are certain of this. And really, once you shake the habit (and we’ll help you do that) life really can be a fun time.
Take look at our offerings below:
Music therapy utilizes the power of making music or simply listening to music to facilitate emotional expression, reduce stress, and improve overall well-being. It helps clients explore and process their emotions in a safe and supportive environment, ultimately promoting self-awareness and personal growth.
Yogic studies are the path to a fulfilling and joyous life. Fitness activities aim to improve physical strength, flexibility, and mental clarity. Unlike most other forms of fitness or exercise, yoga is unique in that can be practiced by those with physical limitations, injuries, or even variations in motivation. These practices have been shown to reduce anxiety and depression, enhance self-esteem, self-control, and promote a sense of balance and well-being, all of which are crucial for sustained recovery.
Gardening provides a therapeutic and grounding experience, allowing clients to connect with nature and foster a sense of responsibility. It promotes mindfulness, patience, and a nurturing attitude, which are valuable skills in recovery.
Caring for animals, such as the dogs, cats, chickens and goats and even the fish who all live on the More to Life Recovery campus can be incredibly therapeutic. It fosters empathy, responsibility, and companionship, offering clients a sense of purpose and connection. The unconditional love and support that animals provide aid tremendously in the healing process.
Equine-assisted therapy involves interacting with horses under the larger scheme of their care which includes feeding, grooming and stall care. It helps clients develop trust, improve communication skills, and learn important lessons about boundaries and assertiveness. The connection between humans and horses can be transformative, allowing clients to explore their emotions and develop healthier relationships
Aromatherapy utilizes essential oils to promote relaxation, reduce stress, and enhance mood. It can be a valuable tool in managing cravings, improving sleep quality, and fostering a sense of calm and well-being.
Life-skills therapy focuses on teaching or relearning essential practical skills needed for independent living. This includes laundry, house chores, grocery selection and acquisition, budgeting and time management. By empowering clients with these skills, they become better equipped to navigate the challenges of recovery and maintain a healthy, independent lifestyle.
Art therapy encourages self-expression through various artistic mediums. It provides a non-verbal outlet for clients to explore their emotions, process trauma, and enhance self-awareness. Art therapy can promote healing, personal growth, and a deeper understanding of oneself.
Reading offers an escape from reality and provides an avenue for self-reflection. It can help clients gain insight, expand their knowledge, and find inspiration in the stories of others. Reading can be a therapeutic and enriching experience that supports personal growth and recovery.
Movies can be a powerful medium for storytelling and self-reflection. They can evoke emotions, spark conversations, and provide a sense of connection. Watching movies as part of therapy can encourage clients to explore different perspectives, gain insight, and find inspiration in the narratives.
Taking care of an orchard involves nurturing plants and witnessing the fruits of one's labor. It fosters a sense of responsibility, patience, and satisfaction. Orchard care can offer clients a tangible reminder of the rewards that come with dedication and perseverance, serving as a metaphor for their recovery journey.
Observing and caring for aquatic life can have a calming effect on the mind and promote relaxation. The serene environment created by aquariums and koi ponds can help reduce stress and anxiety. This experiential therapy provides a peaceful space for reflection and self-care.
Sound therapy utilizes various sounds using singing bowls, chimes, bells or electronic sources to induce a state of deep relaxation and promote healing. It can help clients manage stress, reduce anxiety, and improve sleep quality, supporting their overall well-being during recovery.
Meditation is a practice that involves training the mind to focus and redirect thoughts. It promotes mindfulness, self-awareness, and emotional regulation. Regular meditation practice can help clients manage cravings, reduce stress, and cultivate a sense of inner peace.
Auricular acupuncture involves placing needles or “seeds” at specific points on the ear to alleviate withdrawal symptoms, reduce cravings, and support overall well-being. This complementary therapy can be an effective tool for managing physical and emotional discomfort during the recovery process. See NADA.com for an in depth description of techniques and benefits.
Learning (or relearning) to cook and make healthy food choices is a crucial aspect of sustained recovery. This experiential therapy equips clients with practical skills for maintaining a nutritious and balanced diet, promoting overall physical and mental well-being. Read more about the numerous benefits of this process under “ self-care” elsewhere on this website.
The immersive environments of VR can distract from cravings and withdrawal symptoms, providing a safe and controlled settings to learn coping mechanisms. It also creates scenarios and situations that may trigger relapse in real life, enabling the practice of new skills and strategies in a realistic yet risk-free environment. Offering enjoyable interactive experiences during the challenging stages of detoxification and rehabilitation, VR enhances engagement and motivation; augmenting traditional therapies and improving outcomes in substance abuse treatment.
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