Do an Internet tour of high-end rehabs – and even of some that aren’t so high-end – and you’ll likely see a potpourri of offerings including “integrative” and “experiential” therapies such as breath work, psychodrama, equine-assisted therapy, neurofeedback, and Reiki. (Anne even found a rehab that offered hair nutrient and toxin analysis, colon hydrotherapy, and 11 kinds of massage therapy.) All of the residential adult programs and some of the outpatient facilities she visited offered some alternative therapies – to varying degrees and with varying claims – although it was clear that they were meant to complement more conventional treatment. Aside from providing a feel-good experience, do alternative approaches improve the odds for sobriety, as suggested by claims at one famous rehab’s Web site that holistic treatments have “proven” to be highly effective in improving recovery rates and preventing relapse? In Holistic Rehab Therapies: Are Alternative Addiction Treatments Helpful, Harmful, or Head Games? Anne takes a close look at alternative treatments to answer, what do such interventions add to the quality of the rehab experience? Do these therapies increase the chances of getting and staying sober? Are they worth the added expense? Could their benefit be just a placebo effect? Could some of them possibly be harmful? This Special is a companion to Inside Rehab, available now from Viking.
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