The World Health Organization describes alternative therapies as those that refer to a large group of health practices that are not part of a country’s tradition or that are not integrated into its predominant health system.
We would talk about practices, approaches and knowledge that integrate herbal treatments, minerals, personal growth therapies, Manual techniques and exercises aimed at maintaining well-being and participating in a complementary way in the treatment of various pathologies.
In this regard, the reality of drug addiction treatment (and therapeutic communities in particular) in Spain around 30 years ago was very different from what we know today.
At the general level, there was a lot of vocation and dedication in the task of helping people overcome their addiction with conventional detoxification methods, while lacking such specific training and technical and human resources of multidisciplinary teams. specialties that we have today.
In this scenario and at these times when the term Mindfulness was hardly known in Spain, except in very specific circles, in the Therapeutic Community Plow light he was already working in an avant-garde manner using alternative therapies and techniques in addition to traditional or orthodox treatments such as, for example, guided meditation, self-improvement sports such as sport climbing, yoga, workshops laughter therapy, aromatherapy, music therapy, etc.
Another point of view on supporting dependent people
As part of the own therapeutic program which has been developed and implemented in Plowing the Light for 35 years, it has always been designed to take a holistic approach to drug treatment in which the person has at his disposal the best psychological and medical therapies, at the same time that this work is supplemented or reinforced by the regulated practice of various alternative therapies taught by professionals.
- The experience of so many years has allowed us to see the benefits and contributions that alternative therapies can bring in a complementary way:
- Regular practice of guided meditation helps to work on mindfulness and awareness, which is crucial in being able to recognize inappropriate thoughts and emotions to work on.
- There is an improvement in pathologies such as anxiety and depression, which allows better integration by the patient of the work carried out in all the rehabilitation therapies (psychological sessions, group therapy, drug treatment, etc.) .
- We find benefits in aspects related to self-acceptance, rebuilding self-esteem and, most importantly, in terms of emotional control and impulses.
- They facilitate the reconciliation of sleep and rest.
- Improvements in cognitive functions such as concentration and memory.
- Ultimately, these are techniques that reduce stress, promote self-awareness, and help focus thinking.
In conclusion, we can say that addictive behavior is generally accompanied by a personality in which blockages, existential gaps, traumatic experiences coexist, Poor management of negative emotions (guilt, anger, sadness …) and, in short, a huge burden of discomfort and inner suffering. For all this, any technique and therapy that can help stabilize patients should always be seen as something positive and beneficial in the overall treatment calculation.
We need to make available to patients the widest variety of therapies and activities that can be offered to us, because anything they do with abstinence and with motivation for change will be something positive and maybe decisive in their rehabilitation process.