Active addiction takes a major toll on the physical body. Men and women who suffer from substance abuse or dependence will undeniably begin experiencing a host of serious physical issues. At Recreate Life Counseling, we prefer to treat certain conditions with a combination of holistic methodologies.
We could potentially provide our clients with safe, non-narcotic pain medications to help ease their physical pain temporarily, but we understand that getting to the root of the problem and providing clients with long-term solutions is far more beneficial. For this reason, we have developed a Physical Therapy Program geared towards helping our clients begin feeling their physical best as quickly as possible.
Understanding Physical Therapy and Its Benefits for Recovering Addicts
When it comes to physical therapy, there are many benefits – not just concerning physical health, but mental and emotional health as well. What is physical therapy? Essentially, it is the method of treating a significant injury through physical exercises and other physical methods (like icing an injury or applying heat intermittently). Pain is actively reduced while injuries are slowly healed and muscles are strengthened and toned.
Mobility is increased, and before long this non-invasive method of physical healing will have effectively mended the body. As previously mentioned, an alternative to physical therapy is pain management through medication – however, at Recreate Life Counseling, we prefer to avoid medicating physical issues whenever possible. As part of our comprehensive addiction recovery program, a trained physical therapist will work one-on-one with an individual client, safely guiding them through exercises meant to facilitate the physical healing process.
Pain Management Done Safely
Physical pain and discomfort is a common symptom of post-acute withdrawal, which many individuals who are new to recovery will experience for several months. The truth of the matter is that pain can act as a major distraction and pull focus away from intensive therapeutic care. We do not expect any of our clients to attempt managing their pain on their own, but we also understand that prescribing any form of pain medication to individuals who are new to sobriety can result in serious consequences – including relapse.
At Recreate Life Counseling, we understand that works for one patient may not always work for another. For this reason, we have developed a highly individualized and comprehensive program of addiction recovery. If a client experiences no relief from ongoing physical therapy, we will begin looking into other options. However, the majority of our clients have experienced great success in managing pain-related post-acute withdrawal symptoms with physical therapy.
It is also possible that an individual began abusing drugs or alcohol because of an untreated injury. Physical pain is a major trigger, and those who sustained a sports injury, experienced an injury-causing accident, or went through a significant surgery might have been self-medicating symptoms of unresolved pain. For this reason, each one of our clients will go through a detailed and individualized assessment to help our physical therapists determine whether or not additional care is necessary.
Recreate Life Counseling and Physical Therapy
Addiction treatment programs that incorporate non-invasive, holistic methodologies into their comprehensive treatment plans are generally far more effective. Addiction treatment centers with physical therapy as an option are somewhat hard to come by. If you or someone you love has been dealing with the symptoms of unresolved pain or with the symptoms of post-acute withdrawal, our team of experienced and licensed professionals is available to help.
Recreate Life Counseling is one of South Florida’s premier treatment centers, offering a wide variety of programs and a multi-phased continuum of care for those who are new to recovery. To learn more about Recreate Life Counseling, simply give us a call today – we look forward to speaking with you soon.