People make enormous amounts of money providing drug and alcohol rehabilitation therapy to those in need, and although the vast majority of operators do run reputable facilities offering you a legitimate opportunity at sobriety, there are unfortunately some owners far more interested in banking your admissions check than spending that money on therapies and programs of value. Knowing that, shouldn’t you be concerned that a period of karate class is used as a cheaper substitute for individual therapy?
The value of peripheral programs in drug rehab
Addiction affects us on many levels, and no one as yet has a complete understanding of the totality of the disease. Traditional and conventional therapies do offer assistance to a great many, and treatments such as group support therapy, individual therapy, medication for relapse avoidance and individual therapy have proven themselves worthy and essential parts of any treatment regimen.
But more people fail than don’t.
Quality rehabs, offering intensive therapies and quality conventional care can only boast a success rate of about 40% (anyone advertising more than this should be regarded with skepticism) so there is still obviously room for great improvement. Additionally, no one form of therapy works well for everyone. We all bring our unique experiences and histories, as well as our emotional baggage with us into treatment, and what motivates one, does very little for another.
The two conclusions we must draw are that to offer the best chance of success the programming should be comprehensive and varied; and since traditional and conventional therapies do not yet offer a great likelihood of success, we need to supplement these therapies with additional forms of programming that have shown promise.
The interplay of the body, mind and soul
The complexity of the human condition causes enormous challenges for the treatment of addiction; and since addiction affects our bodies, our minds and our spirits in unique and influential ways, effective therapies need to be holistic in nature, and treat all parts of our being as one. Hard to quantify, and even to define, the influence of the soul has not traditionally affected the selection of therapies outside of religious facilities; yet our spiritual selves undoubtedly impact on our actions and our emotions…and it is in the treatment of the soul that alternative therapies such as yoga or meditation have shown tremendous promise.
Although exceedingly difficult to measure or understand, the soul does impact on success rates, and we can measure the effectiveness of certain therapies. Meditation and yoga have both been studied for use in addictions therapy, and both have been shown helpful; and as effective as group therapy in some studies.
Don’t go to yoga school for drug treatment
Ideally, you want it all. You want medications that help to control cravings, you want therapies that increase self awareness over those things that lead us to abuse, and you also want a spiritual element of programming, with classes that offer us greater peace and happiness, and by extension, less likelihood of relapse. Nothing works for everyone, and although you may find karate class a waste of time…you may not, and you may find that the intensive focus between mind and body offers something intangible yet of great value; something that may make the difference between taking that drink, and another day of struggle with the disease.
Choose a quality rehab
You do want a rehab that allows for family involvement and offers intensive one-on-one therapy, and you do want to stay in a facility that offers comfortable and private accommodations; but you may also want to consider a facility that attempts to provide a holistic experience. Spiritual programs should never substitute for effective conventional therapies, but when used as a compliment to traditional and well respected treatments, they offer you something of value.
Recovery from addiction is hard, and you need all the help you can get. The more comprehensive the experience the better chance you have at finding something that really resonates, really motivates, and is going to keep you sober when nothing else will. Don’t choose a rehab that offers karate instead of therapy; choose one that offers it after therapy.