When someone has a drug or alcohol addiction, substance use often becomes a ritual of its own. There might be a time of day or location where they typically use or drink, or they might always perform a certain routine before using or drinking. These behavioural patterns then become strongly ingrained over the course of a person’s life in active addiction.
Being able to recognise these rituals and knowing how to change and overcome them is a really important skill to be able to use if you want a long lasting, happy recovery journey.
They aren’t hard or complicated, but understanding them, recognising them and doing something about them by making little changes repetitively is the key to making these new, healthier changes to stick.
This article looks at the wide range of alternative and complimentary therapies that can assist actively using addicts to get into recovery more successful and more likely to be maintained.
This article also looks at the role of equine therapy in addiction recovery. Creating a recovery plan that includes both western medicine and alternative/complimentary therapies.