What are Alternative Therapies?
Often known as complimentary therapies these are non-medical, non-talking therapies that are offered to help you make the transition to a substance free life as successfully as possible.
Dealing with a substance use problem has many different side effects, some physical, some mental or emotional. It can be draining and stressful dealing with these and alternative therapies can help make the experience a little easier.
What sort of problems can alternative therapies help me with?
It is common for people dealing with drug or alcohol problems to suffer from difficulty sleeping; anxiety; depression; cravings and mood swings. There are a range of therapies that can help to make these a little easier to deal with.
Can you give me some examples of alternative therapies?
Auricular Acupuncture – basically this is acupuncture in the ears! It doesn’t hurt and can really help in dealing with cravings and anxiety.
Shiatsu – this is a form of massage (you keep all of your clothes on and there is no oil!) which can do wonders for stress, anxiety and insomnia.
Sleep Teas and Chinese Herbs – often used to help people who are having difficulty going to sleep. Chinese herbs can be used to help treat a wide range of problems.
EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) – often known as ‘tapping’, this is easy to learn and for many people can help enormously with cravings, insomnia and anxiety.
Wow! I can get all of these at my local treatment provider?
Yes and no. Not all providers offer every kind of alternative therapy, so it can be a bit of a lottery. However, most providers offer at least one, if not several.
Are they free?
Of course, but as you can imagine they are also often popular and there can sometimes be a bit of a waiting time.
How do I access these therapies?
Discuss the therapies with your Keyworker. Some therapies can be accessed at any time and carried out by one of the drug workers. Auricular Acupuncture is an example of this. Some other Alternative Therapies, such as shiatsu, are carried out by a trained therapist who attends the service on certain days. You may have to book in advance, but more information can be obtained from your Keyworker.