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Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month: Using massage therapy to boost recovery

Posted on 09-26-2017 Posted in Addiction Treatment - 0 Comments

Addiction recovery has come a long way from clandestine meetings in dark, dingy rooms and marathon counseling sessions. It is now an all-encompassing approach that aims to heal the mind, body and spirit, and helps patients reduce the damage caused by their habit of substance abuse.

Experts feel that the root cause of addiction lies in anxiety; anxiety about coping skills, body image, physical pains and ailments, making ends meet, etc. This forces people to first use and then gradually abuse substances as a coping mechanism.

Whether used as a coping mechanism or not, substance abuse can have adverse health consequences, which may prove to be fatal. There is an urgent need to increase awareness about substance use disorders (SUDs) and encourage treatment. In line with this, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors the National Recovery Month every September. This year President Trump has proclaimed it as the National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. The occasion is used to promote the idea that prevention works, treatments are effective, and recovery from SUDs is possible.

A promising therapy

Recent years have seen experts experimenting more and more with different types of treatment modalities to ensure holistic recovery. One such therapy that has shown promise is massage therapy. Massage stimulates the cranial nerves which then expedites digestion, lowers heart rate, and moderates stress and other neurotransmitters. It helps ease the strain in the tissues by allowing them to relax. It also helps balance emotional, physical and spiritual health.

This kind of a hands-on therapy helps on two counts: first to balance blood sugar that reduces cravings, and second to encourage deep breathing to enable more oxygen to reach each part of the body. Further, it helps circulate energy to all parts of the body and rejuvenate them. It reduces pains and aches, and helps an individual come to terms with the “emotional baggage” that leads him/her to think about drugs in the first place.

Doctors using this method of treatment describe it as a feel-good therapy based on science. It prompts the parasympathetic system, enabling the receiver to let go of their inhibitions. Therefore, it can be easily combined with other treatment modalities, including individual, group or experiential therapy, physical exercise, and counseling sessions, to promote complete recovery of a patient.

Studies support massage therapy

As massage therapy is known to reduce anxiety and cravings and promote behavioral changes. Various studies support its addition to the traditional treatment programs. Founder and director of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami, Tiffany Field, has been carrying out research to study the benefits of massage since 1992.

A study that used massage therapy for recovery concluded that 27 percent of the participants stopped smoking after learning a self-massage trick they used every time they had a craving. Another research revealed that premature babies who were massaged showed fewer symptoms of cocaine addiction. In yet another study, it helped manage the symptoms of bulimia and anorexia in women.

Help for addiction

People dependent on alcohol are sensitive about the use of substances. Their tryst with substances often goes beyond alcohol, making them try drugs like cocaine, heroin, etc., to help cope with their overwhelming lives. Massage helps such individuals understand the self-destructive pattern that they are following and encourages them to change these.

Sovereign Health, a leading addiction treatment center, understands the plight of such individuals. Our team of experts can customize and implement an effective alcohol, heroin or cocaine rehab treatment program suiting each patient’s requirements. If you or a loved one is battling an addiction and looking for credible heroin or cocaine rehab centers, call our 24/7 helpline. You can also chat online with our trained representatives for further information.

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