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Alternative Opioid Addiction Treatments To Know About

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If you are dealing with an opioid addiction, you may find yourself wondering what you can or should do to deal with the situation. There are numerous treatments that can help with your opioid addiction. However, if you are already doing the traditional treatments like group and individual counseling and taking medications, you may be curious about what else is out there to help. There are alternative medicine treatment options that may be able to help you deal with and overcome your opioid addiction. Learn about some of these treatment options. Then, you can better decide if these treatments are right for you and your opioid addiction. 


Acupuncture is a treatment that dates back thousands of years. It originated in what is China today. This treatment is based on a philosophy of energies. The idea is that the body and the world are made up of energies that flow and move. These energies in the body flow in cycles and pathways that promote health and well-being. But, energies can get blocked, disrupted, or drained. When that happens, problems occur. Opioid addiction and use can cause some of these energy flow issues. 

Acupuncture helps to correct these energy flow problems using small needles that are inserted into points that are essentially energy hubs. This reinstates the flow of energy in the body. When the energy is flowing, health is revitalized and the body is more balanced. And when your body is in balance, you will likely not crave opioids as much. Acupuncture also helps with withdrawal pains, headaches, nausea, and more. 


Yoga is another ancient practice. It originates primarily from India and is a practice built on connecting the mind with the body. When the mind and body are connected, the mind better knows what the body needs (and vice versa). 

Yoga involves static poses and flowing motions paired with deliberate breathing techniques. The person practicing yoga will be present in the moment, thinking about their body and breath and nothing else. This helps to clear the mind and deal with cravings and other addiction-related thoughts and issues. Yoga can be extremely therapeutic during detox as well as in the entire recovery process, acting as a coping mechanism when times get tough. 

Equine Therapy

Equine therapy is a form of opioid addiction therapy that involves horses. The person in addiction recovery will work with a horse one-on-one and build a connection with that horse. Horses are emotionally intuitive animals and can help a person with an opioid addiction become more connected to their own emotions and learn to recognize and identify what they are feeling. 

When you are able to identify and recognize your emotions, you can better cope with them in productive and healthy ways (rather than turning to opioid abuse). This type of therapy is highly beneficial in developing stress tolerance and impulse control as well.

These are just a few of the many alternative medicine opioid addiction treatments available to you. Give one or all of them a try and you will see just how much they can help you to recover from and manage your addiction. For more information, reach out to a professional who provides opioid addiction treatments.