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People living in Florida who have problems with addiction to drugs, alcohol or harmful behavior have a range of treatments available. The most common form of treatment in Florida involves addicts attending counseling sessions. These may be attended on an inpatient or outpatient basis. During these treatments, addicts may be offered medication to assist in withdrawal. They will also attend therapy sessions, during which they will get to explore the reasons why they use drugs or alcohol, or partake in harmful activities, and will be taught coping mechanisms that they can use as viable alternatives.

There are also alternative treatments available. Alternative treatments may be used in conjunction with standard therapy. Many addicts use alternative treatments to help them stay clean once they have broken their habit.

 

Relapse

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimate that more than 1,100,000 Florida residents abuse drugs or alcohol. Those who eventually recognize that they have an addiction problem will often seek standard treatments. These have a very high success rate in terms of getting people off addictive substances. However, when people finish their treatment programs, there is a high relapse rate, with the National Institute on Drug Abuse estimating that up to 60% of people with drug addiction can relapse.

The crux of the problem is that there is no cure for addiction. All that addicts can hope for is that they will be able to resist the urges they will get to use again. Therapy prepares them to face these urges, and teaches them better responses to the urges. Unfortunately, there are many factors at play that can combine to overcome all the recovered addict’s resolve. That is why addiction treatment specialists are looking for more ways to help addicts who have managed to get clean.

Alternative treatments 

Alternative treatments are essentially misnamed, since they can be primary treatments. In practice, most people who use them will go through what might be called standard treatment programs first to get off drugs or alcohol, and then use alternative treatments to help them stay clean. Some examples of alternative treatments include the following.

 

Acupuncture

Acupuncture involves inserting needles painlessly into parts of the body’s surface. Acupuncture originates in China, and has been around for centuries. The theory behind it is that the body has energy flows, and altering these can influence how we feel and how we behave. Acupuncture is increasingly endorsed as a valid treatment by doctors, although nobody knows precisely how or why it works. In the UK, the state sponsored National Health Service endorses its use.

Art therapy

Giving addicts productive tasks can help divert their minds from thinking about taking drugs, and art therapy is very effective at doing this. It also helps build self-respect and self-confidence. Furthermore, it can redress the problem that many addicts have of finding it difficult to communicate. During art therapy, addicts can try painting, drawing, sculpture, modeling, pottery and other creative exercises.

 

Restorative yoga 

Yoga is very useful in helping people adapt to a healthier lifestyle. Addicts often neglect their physical health, and the drugs or alcohol can affect their mental health. Yoga practitioners concentrate on coordinating mind and body in healthy activities.

Biofeedback

Patients are connected to machines that monitor functions like pulse and brain activity. They are asked to try to slow down their pulse rate by using their thought processes and breathing. They can see and hear the results on monitors. Once addicts learn the methods that work best for them, they can achieve identical results without needing monitors.

Fighting addiction is a lifelong challenge for addicts, and a significant number will benefit greatly by trying out various alternative treatments.