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For those seeking addiction treatment for themselves or a loved one, the helpline is a private and convenient solution.

Calls to any general helpline (non-facility specific 1-8XX numbers) for your visit will be answered by American Addiction Centers (AAC).

We are standing by 24/7 to discuss your treatment options. Our representatives work solely for AAC and will discuss whether an AAC facility may be an option for you.

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Home Addiction Recovery Process Additional Recovery Information

Written by: Editorial Staff.


Additional approaches to aid in recovery from addiction and disorders can be found here. Many find it beneficial to seek alternative help to overcome their issues. Those suffering may choose to use these methods as the sole treatment for their disorder or in tandem with their chosen method of recovery.

Types Of Alternative Treatment Or Therapies

There are a number of options available to you that offer a wide range of treatment options and comprehensive programs that will customize the uniqueness of your recovery. The following list describes some of the treatments and therapies you can find when looking for a program that suits your needs. The most common ones are:

  • Equine Therapy
  • Emotional Freedom Techniques
  • Art Therapy
  • Psychodrama
  • Adventure-Based Therapy
  • Biofeedback

Equine Therapy

If you get involved in equine therapy, you will be accompanied by a professional licensed psychiatric as well as an equestrian specialist. You do not need to know how to ride a horse because all the action takes place on the ground.

You can participate in horse care activities, as well as in more organized activities to help treat sick people. Through this process, you and your therapist can define the underlying framework and reinforce your addiction by experimenting with new ways of feeling, thinking, and behaving.

Emotional Freedom Techniques

EFT is often called “tapping” because the fingertips touch numerous points on the body associated with acupressure or meridians. So, the energy psychology technique helps to strengthen you, as well as to free up areas that may be holding you back. This technique can help you eliminate the root causes of your addiction and help you deal with the cravings more effectively.

Art Therapy

Art therapy is another treatment that can involve any number of accessories, such as pencils, paints, paper towels, clay, beads, or planks. Similar to equine therapy, it is a fun way to deal with your problems. It may take a longer time to start discussing issues that can help you deal with addiction and drug abuse, but is quite effective.


Psychodrama is another therapeutic treatment in which participants act out a scene often associated with a common problem. There are many different types of approaches, from more structured to more liberal, although there are a number of specific techniques that are often used to increase alertness and promote behavioral change.

Adventure Therapy

Today, it is common to see some form of experiential adventure therapy incorporated into programmed therapies or treatments. If you are trying to become a more active person, you may feel more motivated to participate in this type of treatment because it will help you reconsider your addiction in a more active and mobile way. This may include activities such as:

  • Riding
  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Sports activities


Biofeedback is a technique that helps people to control their physical activity, which affects mental changes. You will be connected to a variety of machine technologies that measure and provide you with fast, unified information such as:

  • Skin conductance
  • Heart rate
  • Muscle tension

By watching your body’s changes in real-time, you can understand how important the skill of self-discipline is, which is so important for breaking addictions.