Holistic and Alternative Therapies

Holistic and alternative therapies seek to give those who have suffered from substance use disorders a new lease on life by giving them the opportunity to discover newfound passions or explore the things that used to motivate them to get out of bed in the morning.

Stimulate the Body and Mind

There are a number of holistic and alternative therapies that are being used for rehabilitation purposes which clients have attributed to their success. Trying new methods that promote overall well-being can prove beneficial in the recovery process. Substance abuse disorders affect neurotransmitter levels in the brain, and in order to restore equilibrium, alternative therapies can be extremely helpful. Not only do they help to stimulate the body and mind, but they can incite new passions within clients that can help them discover a side of life they never knew about.



In 1979, Jon Zabat-Kinn introduced mindfulness meditation as it is used in Western medicine today and developed a psychotherapy treatment known as mindfulness-based stress reduction (MSBR). This psychotherapy treatment aims to assist those with chronic pain or mental health disorders to rediscover a happier life. Mindfulness meditation can be practiced in a group setting, where experiences can be shared among participants. It can also be practiced alone in any location, from the comfort of your own home to secluded spots in natural settings.

Mindfulness is beneficial for anyone at any point of their journey. It creates an inner spaciousness which allows you to not over identify with your thoughts or feelings. This in turn strengthens your internal resources, enabling you to process the various stages of your treatment in a grounded, integrated way. The relaxation techniques mindfulness teaches can be a powerful tool during withdrawal and when any urges arise.

Experiential Therapy

Experiential therapy mimics events through the introduction of props, arts and crafts, sound imagery, and other stimuli to recreate past experiences for the client. Through these recreations, clients are encouraged to identify their emotions and understand the underlying emotions they associate with different events in their lifetime. An experiential therapist will serve as a guide to explore these emotions with the client in a safe environment that will not inflict any more trauma onto them. Experiential therapy is meant to allow clients to live up to their full potential and let go of negative emotions from the past. It is also often used in conjunction with other therapy techniques to offer a complementary approach to rehabilitation.

Expressive Arts Therapy

Offering a connection between psychology and the creative process, expressive arts therapy encourages clients to experience growth and emotional healing through a creative outlet. Where art therapy usually just focuses on one particular creative outlet, expressive arts therapy allows clients to explore a number of different art forms such as; painting, sketching, dancing, acting, poetry, musical instruments, and any other creative outlet that could be of service to them. This is a chance for clients to explore what they find beautiful in the world, what their struggles and conflicts are, and try to connect and integrate deeply.

Additional Methods

Person centered therapy is a talk therapy method that focuses on how clients perceive themselves consciously. Rather than have a counsellor project their own perception of the client’s subconscious, person centered therapy allows the client to engage in thought provoking self-reflection practices. Therapists will provide a warm, welcoming environment that will allow for honest reflection by the client without fear of judgement.

Emotion focused therapy, also known as EFT, is a method that emphasizes that emotions are a dominant factor in what composes someone’s identity. This method allows the client to come face to face with their emotions, with the belief that suppressing negative emotions and lacking emotional awareness are harmful to the recovery process.

The Goal of Holistic and Alternative Therapies

We address each client’s rehabilitation journey in a personalized way, which aims to offer a comprehensive and unique approach to their needs. In every case of substance use disorder, alcohol use disorder, or mental health disorder, clients require different levels of treatment.

Many clients are in a vulnerable position with regards to relapse following detox. Clearly, for a large number of people, there is still an urge to use drugs after detoxifying and this needs to be addressed. This means that ongoing treatment after detoxification must be used in order to give the addict the best chance at a successful and sustained recovery.

Holistic and alternative therapies seek to give those who have suffered from substance use disorders a new lease on life by giving them the opportunity to discover newfound passions or explore the things that used to motivate them to get out of bed in the morning.

Important Resources


Can I Keep My Job and Go to Day Treatment?

Realizing that you might need treatment for your addiction is a huge step in the right direction. However, many fear their life will change when they take that first step, including potentially losing their job. This is a valid concern; however, at Excel Treatment Center, we want you to know that you have options.

How Can I Support a Loved One Struggling With Addition?

Addiction not only affects those struggling with the addiction but also affects the friends and family around them. It can be just as challenging to support them as it is to watch them in active addiction. Learning to create a loving, supportive space without enabling can be difficult, but it is crucial to develop this space to help your loved ones through their recovery.


The Importance of Family Participation During Treatment

Addiction is a disease that affects the whole family. Family members often feel the impact of addiction in a very real way, which can lead to feelings of anger, resentment, and frustration. While these emotions are natural, they can also be detrimental to one’s treatment if left unchecked.

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