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12 Ways to Best Provide Alcohol Abuse Solutions

Addiction treatment professionals approach alcoholism in mostly the same way they would try to treat any other form of chemical dependency. However, there are a few techniques and approaches that are unique to the alcohol abuse treatment process.

Concentrated up-front treatment as well as long-term support to prevent relapse are two essential factors to an effective treatment program for alcohol abuse. Intervention services may also be necessary to help the individual see the need for, and commit to, entering rehab

What Should an Effective Alcohol Abuse Treatment Plan Include?

For alcoholism, we’ve identified 12 features a professional treatment plan should include. The presence of these features provides for the highest chances of successful recovery from alcohol abuse. Best practices for alcohol abuse treatment include:

1. Individual Commitment to Treatment

Although someone who is physically dependent on alcohol cannot simply choose to stop drinking, he or she can choose to seek out help. In fact, this commitment is critical: No one can force a person to change if the individual has yet to decide whether he or she is ready to commit to the change.

No one can force a person to change. It is always best with the person chooses to seek out help.

2. Professional Evaluation and an Personalized Plan

Each person turns to alcohol for their own reasons. Creating a treatment plan that is customized to the needs of the individual provides the best opportunity for long-term recovery.

At the start of a treatment program, a professional evaluation usually begins with a mental health assessment, medical history review and possibly a physical health examination. The staff should then work with the new client to create an alcohol treatment plan tailored to his or her needs.

This should include a plan for treating underlying issues such as depression, trauma or PTSD. The treatment plan should also accommodate for underlying physical issues, such as alcohol-induced heart and cardiovascular problems or severe damage to the liver.

3. Medically-Supervised Detox

The Detox Treatment at Reflections Recovery Center involves ridding the body of the harmful substance(s). This is the first step in getting the body back to normal functioning

Detox should be done under medical supervision. This is because, in many cases, the detoxification process can be dangerous if not done correctly–especially when alcohol is the substance being treated.

Additionally, medically-supervised alcohol detox treatment has two distinct advantages: 1) it prevents the probability of you experiencing dangerous symptoms of alcohol withdrawal (such as seizures or heart attack), and 2) it can lessen the severity of the post-acute withdrawal symptoms you may have in the first six months after detox.

Detox should be done under medical supervision

4. Holistic Approach

Since mental, emotional and physical well-being all influence one another, a comprehensive treatment program will seek to heal the whole person–not just cure the physical ailments. Relapse is less likely to occur if the source of alcohol abuse is addressed and the person is taught new skills to build a stable life without the need for substances.

5. Emotional Healing

Individual and group therapy sessions led by professional counselors help recovering alcohol abusers address the emotional and psychological factors that led them to drink in the first place. These sessions can also help them heal from events that resulted from the addiction. This trauma-informed approach to substance abuse therapy can help an individual through the process of understanding what catalyzed their addiction and provide coping mechanisms to prevent relapse.

Individual and group therapy session can help with healing from events that resulted from an addiction.

6. Healthy Physical Habits

In addition to emotional healing, establishing life-long, healthy habits helps a recovering alcohol user build strength and confidence. Balanced nutrition and health-promoting physical activity such as walking, hiking, sports, yoga, etc. are some of the best ways for a recoveree to both engage their body and connect with others. Alcohol is a poison that throws off the physical and nutritional balance in the body, and restoring this balance through nutritional therapy – coupled with creating a healthy exercise routine – will decrease the symptoms felt in early alcohol recovery.

7. Peer Support

Evidence suggests that a peer-supported community program can have a significant positive impact on recovery. The most effective rehabilitation programs will involve some level of interaction between those going through recovery together – usually in the form of discussion groups, social activities, group therapy, 12-step meetings, etc.

8. Groundedness and/or Spirituality

Addiction often stems from–and leads to–feelings of helplessness, insecurity and loss of control. Getting in touch with something that feels solid, reliable and imparts a sense of purpose is an essential piece of the foundation for a healthy life free from addiction.

Some people find this base through religious or spiritual practices, while others learn to mentally tap into an inner core of strength that they can rely on in any circumstance.

Getting in touch with something that feels solid, reliable, and imparts a sense of purpose is essential for a healthy life free from addiction

9. Education and Training

Clients often come into rehab with gaps in their knowledge about how to address the issues that led to addiction. Small-group educational sessions that offer time for questions and discussion give clients knowledge and skills they need to build the kind of life they want for themselves post-treatment. 

10. Family Support and Healing

Addiction is especially taxing on relationships with loved ones. A worthwhile rehab program will support clients in mending relationships, and may even have education, support and therapy sessions for family members.

11. Legal and Professional Assistance

The kind of problems that come with alcoholism often lead to legal ramifications. To help clients stay focused on their treatment, the top rehab centers should help facilitate communication with legal representatives while clients are in residential treatment.

Top rehab centers should help facilitate communication with legal representatives while clients are in residential treatment.

12. Long-Term Support

Because relapse into alcohol use is common, a robust aftercare support program is an important part of any long-term recovery program. Aftercare should include services such as ongoing counseling, support group and specialist referrals, access to alumni activities, and possibly even assistance with finding employment.

Alcohol treatment aftercare services should not only be proactive in helping the individual return to a life of sobriety, but should offer a clear addiction relapse prevention plan.

Where to Turn for Alcohol Abuse Solutions

With sound treatment and long-term support, there is hope for overcoming alcohol addiction. For anyone whose life has been impacted by alcoholism, the key to hope is reaching out to get professional help. No one should have to struggle with addiction alone. Contact us to find out about some of the tried-and-true practices Reflections uses to help you make recovery a real possibility.

Biochemistry and Addiction

If someone suffers from anxiety, depression, or addiction, they could have a biochemical imbalance. A biochemical imbalance is not the sole factor in addiction, but it can play a large part.

There are many factors to understanding something as complex as addiction, and biochemistry is only a part of that. With that being said, understanding a person’s biochemistry can provide significant insights into their history and current health. It can also help to determine what treatment will be most helpful for each patient.

Additionally, biochemical imbalances can manifest as issues that are more than just mental health issues. Our testing will take a comprehensive look at how biochemical issues might be affecting each patient.

At Reflections, we want to completely understand each patient to be able to thoroughly treat and overcome their addiction. Our efforts to look at each person’s biochemical makeup is a part of that process.

Someone might be struggling with addiction and they do in fact have a biochemical imbalance. Their first step does not have to be prescription drugs to try to supplement what their body is lacking.

That is not to say that prescription drugs have no value or do not help people, but that there are other solutions. These solutions can work separately from prescription drugs or in tandem as needed.

Often, when someone is struggling with a biochemical imbalance, they turn to substance abuse hoping to fix the problem. We want to completely understand how it is affecting each patient, whether mentally or physically. At Reflections, our hope is to find long-term solutions which will be essential in preventing relapse.

Heavy Metal Imbalances

Heavy metals are a natural component of the earth’s crust and there are a number of ways that our bodies can absorb them. At certain quantities, the heavy metals become toxic in a way that begins to significantly impact our health.

There are many different ways someone can be exposed to heavy metals and some of the most recognizable may be lead, mercury, and arsenic. These are metals that are recognizably dangerous, however not all heavy metals are necessarily bad. Some heavy metals provide essential nutrients, but at certain levels they can become a problem.

For example, zinc is a heavy metal that plays an important part in many biological processes “…including growth and development, lipid metabolism, brain and immune function.” (NIH)* Zinc also has a number of positive aspects, but too much can lead to symptoms like nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite and lower copper levels over time.

Copper is another essential heavy metal, but, again, it needs to be balanced. At Reflections, Dr. Lisa Parsons, our Medical Director, looks closely to see if any patients are suffering from a copper/zinc imbalance.

For anyone living in the Southwest, where we have a lot of copper and zinc, this can become even more of an issue. Per Dr. Parsons, someone might have a genetic difficulty maintaining a proper balance and they will have too much copper.

This becomes an issue with too much free copper, which depletes the dopamine pathway and raises up the norepinephrine. With a lack of dopamine, someone would feel low, have a hard time getting up, they would not look forward to anything, and would feel a lack of joy or motivation.

With too much norepinephrine, someone might feel all over the place, tense, anxious, and they might have a hard time focusing.

Testing and Treatment

There are numerous heavy metals that go beyond just copper and zinc. Those are just a few good examples of heavy metals that are needed, but need to be kept in balance.

At Reflections, we are want to understand these imbalances because they can clearly have a significant impact on our lives. People will often turn to substance abuse to try to cope with symptoms that are manifested through the imbalance.

From a New York Times article, Daniel Goleman wrote, “…addiction becomes a kind of self-medication in which drugs correct the chemical imbalance and bring a sort of relief.”*

While a heavy metal imbalance might not be the sole reason for addiction, it can play a significant part. If we can test to identify imbalances and correct them, we can work to help each patient feel better. Addiction is a complicated issue and it takes hard work to understand each step.

The Path to Addiction

With biochemical testing, we hope to understand and treat as many of the steps or causes that we can identify. We want to find out how someone can go from use or experimentation to dependence and then to addiction. Some of the many factors include social and economic environments, personal choices, and genetics.

From the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), the data showed 140.6 million Americans aged 12 or older were current alcohol users. Within that, 66.6 million were binge drinkers in the past month and 16.7 were heavy drinkers within the last month.*

At the time of the study, in 2017, 30.5 million people aged 12 or older used an illicit drug in the last 30 days.* As alcohol is widely used and socially accepted, it can be hard to recognize when it becomes a problem. While most illicit drugs are not widely accepted, it can still be difficult to recognize when it becomes abuse and addiction.

Many of the more obvious factors in addiction, may be the social, economic, and familial components. They are all important to identify and understand.

However, it can be essential to look for the things that others might not. That is something that we firmly believe in at Reflections. We want to consider the aspects listed above, of course, but we also want to look at what might be overlooked. If we look at genetic testing, biochemical imbalances, and nutrition we can better know how to help each patient.

Moving Forward

Each factor that we can understand and work on will add up to a more complete treatment. Nobody can guarantee that every single issue will be fixed. However, at Reflections we do take care to work on all of the possible causes as we are able.

The more we can help and the more tools we can give our patients they better off they will be. With a holistic approach, we look at the entire patient and hope each patient will feel better overall. If someone is feeling better physically that should translate to improved mental health and an improved outlook on life.

If you or a loved one needs help, contact us today.

Decreased Zinc and Increased Copper in Individuals with Anxiety – NIH
Scientists Pinpoint Brain Irregularities In Drug Addicts – NY Times
2017 NSDUH Annual National Report SAMHSA

The Benefits Of Adventure Therapy During Addiction Treatment

The most successful addiction treatment programs offer individualized care that addresses each patient’s unique needs. There are many benefits of getting outdoors during drug rehab, but adventure therapy takes this notion a step further, and can help people confront and overcome many of the issues typically associated with substance abuse.

How Young Clients Benefit From Adventure Therapy

Addiction can cause severe mental health problems or occur in tandem with preexisting mental health conditions and make them worse. Substance abuse is also a very alienating experience due to the stigma surrounding addiction and the common repercussions of addiction such as job loss, financial ruin, and destroyed relationships.

Rebuilding a life after addiction can be extremely difficult, especially for those suffering from low self-esteem, shame from past poor decisions, and alienation from loved ones. Adventure therapy rebuilds confidence and restores the body to pave the way for a more successful rehab experience.

Encouraging A Healthier Body For A Healthier Mind

Physical activity is undeniably healthy for everyone and it is especially beneficial when recovering from substance abuse. Addiction causes countless physical problems; some people expose themselves to infectious diseases from sharing drugs and drug supplies with others.

Some suffer injuries and illnesses that take longer to heal due to compromised immune systems. Others may suffer abuse and sexual assault that diminish mental health as well as physical health.

Exercise and sports support addiction recovery, and adventure therapy can provide even more individualized therapy for people struggling with addiction.

Overcoming Fears And Self-Doubt

Adventures like fishing trips, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, and rock climbing can help overcome long-standing fears and teach people in recovery more about themselves than they may expect.

Adventure therapy is much more than a jaunt outdoors for some fresh air; these experiences can help people with substance abuse problems confront aspects of themselves in a new light that they were unable to confront before.

A person who thought, “I could never climb a mountain”, and then actually does it, will start thinking about the other things he or she could accomplish with dedication and perseverance. Essentially, adventure therapy can be physically therapeutic as well as psychologically inspirational and offer the push a person needs to pursue addiction treatment wholeheartedly.

Learning From New Experiences And Making Changes

Experiences in adventure therapy can help reshape a person’s attitude about his or her life and offer new insights for tackling the problems common with substance abuse.

For example, a person struggling with a dual diagnosis for substance abuse disorder and depression may find that regular outdoor activity and the thrill of new experiences offers more profound relief from symptoms of depression than prescription drugs.

Even less intense adventures, like a simple camping trip, can be an invaluable experience. For example, people gathered around a fire is a profound and primitive experience that resonates with early man; fire was necessary for survival in the early days of mankind and gathering around a campfire was a sign of community and strength.

Fire offers warmth, a means of cooking food, and the connection human beings have with fire can inspire honest discussions and reveal the layers under a substance abuse disorder.

Developing Healthy Habits For Life After Rehab

Confronting fears and overcoming physical challenges during adventure therapy can be extremely therapeutic in many ways. These events can reshape a person’s attitude about him or herself and offer new insights into solving the problems that accompany daily life.

Adventures can also provide moments of clarity away from the usual distractions of everyday life that allow for deeper introspection and self-analysis in a calm, beautiful environment.

One of the most difficult aspects of recovery is learning to implement the lessons learned in rehab into normal life. Relapse is very common among people struggling with substance abuse, and there is no hard and fast method for preventing relapse; everyone has unique needs and risk factors that require individualized attention.

The lessons learned during adventures or while traversing the wilderness are invaluable and irreplaceable and leave a lasting impact that can benefit a person living in recovery for years to come.

No “Right” Way To Go Adventuring

Anyone considering adventure therapy should remember that these exercises are not about intensity nor are they solely focused on physical improvement. Everyone will learn different things and benefit from different outdoor activities in unique ways.

Ultimately, the goal of adventure therapy is to teach participants how to confront fears, overcome challenges, and learn new problem-solving techniques.

Physical activity also has strong links to mental health*, and regular exercise can boost creative thinking and improve neuroplasticity, improving memory and thinking processes over time that may have diminished due to drug abuse.

Research from the American Psychological Association reported that walking outdoors offers a more profound mental health benefit than walking indoors or on a treadmill. This could be a sign that despite the evolution of mankind and the massive amount of technology at our disposal, human beings still have a profound connection to the natural world and benefit greatly by walking through it, exploring it, and overcoming its challenges.

Adventure Therapy At Reflections Rehab

Reflections Rehab is an addiction treatment facility that offers a full range of substance abuse treatments and therapies with a special focus on outdoor activity.

We believe strongly that exercise and exploration are beneficial for everyone, but those struggling with substance abuse disorders can have especially valuable experiences by exploring the outdoors and learning more about their individual capabilities.

Recreational therapy of any kind offers tremendous benefits. Sports, physical games, and simply walking outside offer a tremendous level of relaxation and balance that can be difficult to find in the busy modern age.

Adventure therapy takes this further and encourages participants to confront their fears, solve problems, and appreciate their place in the natural world. Reflections Rehab provides individualized treatment plans for those struggling with addiction, so explore what we have to offer and contact us for more resources and information about your adventure therapy program.

Yoga for Back Pain and Chronic Pain Management

Yoga is well-known for its meditative qualities and is highly encouraged for those who wish to improve their flexibility and balance. However, the less obvious benefits associated with yoga are plentiful; for example, it may be used to treat bad posture as well as reduce symptoms of anxiety or stress. Certain poses in particular may be more effective in treating pain than others.

For example, individuals who are especially prone to back pain – or seek chronic pain Does Yoga Help with Back Pain?management techniques – may be interested in adopting a regular yoga routine that incorporates poses that will better target their problem areas.

Daily practice of yoga will help a user build up strength, flexibility and balance – all of which can create noticeably positive impact on the individual’s self-confidence and mental health, while also providing physical therapeutic value.

The Need for Alternate Forms of Pain Management in those with Opioid Use Disorders 

Holistic recovery programs oftentimes encourage yoga practice to those suffering from opioid use disorder (OUD) as a viable form of pain management. The individual learns how to become more in tune with their body, allowing them to become more receptive to each pose’s spiritual and physical benefits. Because individuals recovering from OUD may be experiencing uncomfortable symptoms associated with withdrawals, learning how to combat them using the stress-relieving properties of yoga can make the recovery journey a smoother process overall.

Yoga is being adopted more and more frequently by substance abuse recovery centers due to its effectiveness in dealing with triggers or cravings. On a similar note, it can be an integral factor in the success of one’s relapse prevention program. Teaching individuals recovering from OUD that yoga can be used as an outlet for their stress is beneficial as yoga requires little equipment or expensive costs.

Lastly, individuals looking to treat their OUD may be interested in developing a recovery program that does not involve the use of painkillers or any further medication. Yoga is a workable solution to this, as it can provide the benefits of pain management and therapy without involving the use of drugs.

Remember to consult a doctor before undertaking any strenuous yoga routine. Many poses may be risky if you have previous or current injuries, or are pregnant. Researching modifications for any pose can help individuals who may need practice with flexibility and balance.

Childs Pose

Child’s Pose

To perform Child’s Pose, the user must be on their hands and knees. Their knees should be spread apart, buttocks resting on the user’s heels, with their arms extended forwards and palms facing the ground. Spine and back should be relaxed, and forehead should be touching the floor. Another slight variation of the pose involves the arms extending backwards and resting against the user’s thighs, keeping their elbows relaxed.

Child’s Pose is an extremely relaxing, low-intensity pose oftentimes used as a transition between harder or more complex poses. It is considered a beginner pose and encourages balance within the user. The therapeutic benefits of Child’s Pose include stress-relieving properties in addition to helping the user stretch their back torso muscles. Neck pain can also be alleviated. Individuals who are pregnant or frequently experience knee pain are advised to use modified versions of Child’s Pose to maximize comfort and relaxation.

Sphinx Pose

Sphinx Pose is performed with the user facing belly down. They gently raise their torso, back bending inwards, and keep their forearms on the mat for stability. The back is stretched while thighs and feet remain rested on the ground. It is classified as a beginner’s post.

Those who practice Sphinx Pose can experience improved posture and alleviated back pain. It is believed to be great at treating symptoms of depression and anxiety. Its namesake stems from its similarities to how the Egyptian creature of mythology, the Sphinx, is posed.

As with most yoga poses, those who experience back or shoulder injury should refrain from practicing this pose.

Sphix Pose

Seated Forward Pose

Seated Forward Pose

The Seated Forward Pose can be performed by sitting upright with one’s legs stretched out in front. The user then reaches their arms and tries to hold onto their feet. Those with limited flexibility may have to hold their shins or calves instead, as long as they feel the stretch in their hamstrings. Back is rounded and torso is gently resting on the user’s thighs.

The Seated Forward Pose is great for stretching one’s hamstrings and back. Benefits include alleviated symptoms of anxiety and insomnia, as well as encouraging better sleep and stress relief. Beginners with limited flexibility can do modified versions of Seated Forward Pose. Individuals who have asthma are not recommended for this pose.

Reclined Pigeon Pose

Reclined Pigeon Pose is characterized by the user resting their back on the mat. One leg is crossed over the other leg’s knee, and arms extend to the hamstrings to hug it towards one’s chest. The hips, hamstrings and knees are stretched when this pose is practiced.

It may take some time before the pose is perfected if the user has not developed enough flexibility. The benefits of performing Reclined Pigeon Pose include improved blood flow and alleviating symptoms associated with sciatica. Tension in the lower body can also be combated by performing this pose.

The Bow Pose

To perform Bow Pose, the user lies on the mat with their belly facing down. Then, they left their legs and torso, extending their arms backwards while grabbing onto their feet or ankles. The pose resembles a bow, hence the name. It is not typically considered a beginner’s pose, but rather categorized to be at an intermediate level.

Bow Pose stretches the chest heavily, while improving flexibility in one’s back. It can help one with asthma and other related respiratory problems, as well as encourage better digestion. For women, Bow Pose may help alleviate symptoms associated with menstrual syndrome. Individuals who are prone to bad posture or back pain are recommended to try this pose. Women who are heavily pregnant should not attempt this pose.

Lower Back Clasp Pose

Upward Facing Dog

Upward Facing Dog Pose

Users doing Upward Facing Dog Pose will be lying on the mat with their belly on the floor, then push up with their palms while bending their back gently. Their torso and legs are slightly lifted off the floor, supported by feet and palms. It is a pose that builds strength by exercising the arms and torso.

The most obvious benefit of this Upward Facing Dog Pose is the stretching of the back, spine, and chest. This therapeutic pose can improve symptoms of asthma and speed up the digestion process. It also exercises the user’s thighs and glutes. Lastly, it is a pose that increases energy flow and can help treat mild depression or fatigue. Individuals who are pregnant or currently injured are advised not to attempt this pose.

Downward Facing Dog Pose

An extremely popular pose, the Downward Facing Dog Pose is considered a standing pose. It involves the user stretching their entire body, keeping their legs straight (without locking knees) while their palms are on the ground to form an “A” shape. The spine is lengthened as the user pushes their chest gently towards the direction of the thighs. Heels do not need to touch the ground.

Downward Facing Dog Pose takes its namesake from the way dogs stretch, and is commonly seen as a transition pose. However, it can also be considered a balance or strength-building pose. Its benefits include deeply stretching many body parts, including one’s spine, shoulders, arms, legs, hamstrings, and calves. Classified as an inversion pose (heart is above head), employing regular practice of Downward Facing Dog Pose also reaps the benefits of improving digestion, managing stress, encourages blood flow, alleviates headaches, and is therapeutic for improving symptoms from insomnia, mild depression, and even osteoporosis. Individuals who experience hand cramping or are heavily pregnant should consider modified poses.

Downward Facing Dog

Reclined Supine Twist Pose

To do a Reclined Supine Twist Pose, the user must be lying on their back. One leg is drawn to the chest and hips are shifted to the opposite side, while the other leg is extended straight. Head and opposing arm are facing the direction opposing the hips, with the spine twisted in a soothing stretch.The Reclined Supine Twist Post is great for stretching one’s back muscles, as well as realigning the spine. Improved digestion and stress relief are also benefits associated with this pose. The user should be employing deep and long breaths when performing this pose.

Cat Cow Pose

Cat/Cow Pose

The Cat/Cow pose is one that alternates between the two and is considered a beginner’s pose. It involves the user on all fours, gentle alternating between arching their back towards the sky (similar to a cat stretching), then reversing the arch while dropping the belly towards the mat. This pose can be performed by most individuals and should require little modification.

The Cat/Cow is great for warming up, and stimulates better blood flow and improved posture. Its therapeutic benefits include stress relief and managing back pain.

Standing Forward Bend Pose

The Standing Forward Bend Pose is characterized by the user keeping their legs straight while bending their torso and attempting to hug their knees. This pose stretches one’s hamstrings and back. Modifications can be used if the user’s flexibility level does not allow for a full embrace of the knees.

Performing a Standing Forward Bend Pose helps tension in the shoulders and neck. The act of keeping one’s head below the heart is thought to alleviate symptoms associated with mild depression, insomnia and stress.

Standing Forward Bend Pose

Slow Rocking Knees To Chest Pose

Slow Rocking Knees to Chest Pose

Users performing the Slow Rocking Knees to Chest Post will have their backs against the mat. Knees are bent and hugged towards one’s torso. Arms embrace the knees and head rests on the ground. Then, the user gently rocks themselves side-to-side, massaging their spine. This pose is recommended for beginners and should require little modifications unless needed.

The benefits of Slow Rocking Knees to Chest Post include improved digestion, increasing circulation, and reducing tension in the back.

Seated Spinal Twist Pose

Performing the Seated Spinal Twist Pose involves the user sitting upright on the mat, with their legs stretched forward. One leg is bent and placed on top of the other leg, and the user hugs the upright knee towards their torso. Then, the user faces the opposing direction and twists the torso so that the spine is stretched.

The Seated Spinal Twist Pose encourages improved alignment of the spine, which in turns increases flexibility. One’s blood flow and digestion are also improved. This pose is not recommended for individuals who have knee injuries.

Low Lunge With Back Bend Pose

Low Lunge with Backbend Pose

Low Lunge with Backbend Pose can be performed by doing a runner’s lunge, while arching the back with one arm extended backwards towards the direction of one’s feet. Practicing one’s balance may be necessary to master this pose.

The Low Lunge with Backbend Pose encourages blood flow as well as flexibility. One’s legs and back are stretched and strengthened while the user attempts to remain balanced. When performed correctly, this full body pose is considered a strength-builder.

Standing Forward Fold with Clasped Hands Pose

Users can perform a Standing Forward Fold with Clasped Hands Pose by standing upright and keeping legs straight, without locking the knees. The user must then bend forward, attempting to touch their nose to their leg, thigh or knee. Lastly, arms are stretched backwards towards the sky, with hands clasped together.

The Standing Forward Fold with Clasped Hands Pose may require some practice with flexibility and balance. It is thought to help symptoms of headache, mild depression, stress, fatigue and anxiety. Other benefits include stretching out one’s hamstrings and hips, and may even treat the discomfort associated with menstrual syndrome.

Standing Forward Fold with Clasped Hands Pose

The Bow Pose

Lower Back Clasp Pose

The Lower Back Clasp Pose involves the user lying on the mat, belly down. Then, the user raises their arms backwards and clasps their hands together behind them. This post will stretch and strengthen one’s lower back.

The Lower Back Clasp Pose is a beginner’s pose, but can be modified to suit one’s level of flexibility. Those who experience lower back pain or suffer from bad posture are recommended to practice this pose regularly.

One Knee Crescent Lunge Pose

Triangle Pose

To perform Triangle Pose, the user must first stand with their feet wide apart. Hips are slightly turned to one side, with one arm extended towards the sky and the other facing palm-down on the mat. Your arms should be perpendicular to the floor mat and heels planted firmly on the ground.

Triangle Pose may be difficult for users with limited balance, so moderations can be implemented to ensure ease. Practicing against a wall may be beneficial for beginners. The Triangle Pose encourages a powerful stretch in one’s hips, hamstrings and shoulders. Most notably, it alleviates lower back pain and bad posture. Other therapeutic qualities of performing Triangle Pose include better stability and digestion.

Triangle Pose

Locust Pose

Locust Pose

Locust Pose is performed by the user lying on their belly, keeping their legs straight. Then, the user lifts their torso slightly, raising their shoulders above their hips and gazing directly forward. It is a beginner’s pose that allows the user to stretch their back, torso and leg muscles.

Because the pose targets the lower back, Locust Post is great to practice for individuals experiencing back pain or poor posture. It encourages blood flow as well as provides stress relieving properties. Those who are experiencing neck injury are not recommended for this pose.

Learning How to Manage Your Chronic Pain without Painkiller Drugs

Yoga has been used by individuals to effectively combat stress and anxiety for years. Not only can yoga be used in addiction treatment and recovery to minimize the pain and discomfort of detox and withdrawal from opioids, prescription painkillers or heroin, but can be used to mitigate pain from chronic pain issues – without having to resort to taking drugs to manage back pain.

At Reflections Recovery Center, we utilize yoga therapy for a number of reasons, including to help with pain management during detox and withdrawal from alcohol, prescription drugs, heroin, and other substances. Not only does yoga help to provide relief from chronic pain issues, but yoga can help to manage the symptoms of anxiety and greatly aids the recovery process by centering the mind and body.

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Explore the Arizona Summer: Enjoying Addiction Treatment and Therapy in Arizona’s Outdoors

At Reflections Recovery, we are gearing up for what will be a memorable summer for the guests that will be staying with us in the coming months. As part of our ongoing experiential and adventure therapy program, we are planning trips throughout Arizona for the summer. Our rehab guests will be hiking, mountain climbing, swimming and exploring the many landscapes Arizona has to offer.

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Our Summer of Rehab Adventure Schedule

Every summer, we work to create a schedule of adventures that we can enjoy with our guests. This summer, we have put together a list of outdoor activities that give our guests the adventure of a lifetime. One of the biggest expeditions we have planned is our hiking trip to the Grand Canyon. This hike will be both challenging and enjoyable, as we set out for an all-day excursion among one of the great natural wonders of the world.

Other adventures will see our group travel to the nearby area of Sedona, Arizona. This magical and mystical area famously boasts gorgeous red rocks and a spiritual vortex – which some believe has healing properties and can allow you to see into your soul and find the meaning of life on this planet.

Many of our guests who arrive from out of state are surprised to find that Arizona offers more than just desert and cacti. Arizona is a diverse landscape with evergreen forests, rivers and lakes, and even snow. We are planning day-trips to Flagstaff and other Northern Arizona destinations to get some relief from the summer temperatures and to give us a chance to connect with nature and each other.

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The Benefits of Outdoor Therapy in Addiction Treatment

Our adventures into the wild outdoors of Arizona are more than just an excuse to get outdoors and take in the state’s beauty. We have seen the benefits that nature can provide for individuals who are trying to figure out what a sober future holds for them. Many of those attending our addiction treatment program find a sense of renewal and hope through our unique treatment – especially our outdoor and adventure rehab therapy.

Northern Arizona is the state’s beautiful “backyard” where our groups of clients and therapists can continue the work they started inside our Prescott addiction treatment facility. It’s difficult to explain to anyone who hasn’t seen the majesty of Arizona at sunset, but as you are re-building yourself and working to make plans for a sober future, nature seems to reaffirm your decisions.

Our guests relate a feeling of “standing on top of the world,” realizing how much beauty and good is in the world that they seemed to have missed completely when they were using drugs and alcohol.

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Join Us on Our Adventures

Reflections Recovery Center’s addiction treatment program allows people young and old to find a recovery plan that works for them and their lifestyle. Utilizing outdoor and adventure therapy is just one of the ways we bring our holistic rehab therapies to our clients. Our setting, our treatment modalities and our record of success in turning lives around are the reasons why so many families send their loved ones to Arizona to start their recovery.

Therefore, we invite families from across the U.S. and the world to consider our program in your search for the solution to your friend or family member’s problems with substance abuse. We already have a great many adventures planned, and your loved is invited to join us as soon as possible.

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Reflections Recovery Center: Exceptionally LGBT-Friendly Drug and Alcohol Rehab

Giving effective care for an individual in recovery from substance abuse and addiction means treating the “whole person,” and caring for who that person truly is.

The ultimate goal of addiction treatment and recovery is to help an individual learn who they truly are and how to live their life without drugs and alcohol. It is very important in treatment to recognize and respect how an individual identifies themselves, in order to help them see how they can make sobriety a part of their unique identity.

The Importance and Benefits of LGBT-Friendly Drug and Alcohol Rehab

Rehabilitation from addiction is all about creating a productive life that doesn’t involve using drugs and/or alcohol. In order to show an individual what their life could be like without substance abuse, addiction counselors must recognize who the person is at their core, who they are spiritually and who they are emotionally.

If an addiction rehab program doesn’t recognize an individual for who they are, how can they show them who they can be?

The Risks of Seeking Treatment Outside of LGBT-Friendly Facilities

Reflections Recovery Center LGBT-Friendly Rehabiliation Center in ArizonaThe majority of treatment programs that don’t identify themselves as LGBT-friendly can still be safe for LGBT recovering addicts, and do not hold any real dangers for these individuals.

However, without the LGBT focus, they might not be able to address 100 percent of the individual’s needs or concerns during treatment, which can leave gaps in the rehab and recovery process.

This is why we suggest LGBT-friendly treatment to anyone who identifies as part of the LGBT community – in order to get the most out of their rehab experience.

What we see as a risk for LGBT individuals is entering into a treatment facility or a program whose philosophy is that of anti-LGBT. It can be difficult to recognize a program like this because they won’t necessarily advertise that they are against certain lifestyles.

However, families have been thrown into the incredibly difficult situation of getting a loved one into treatment for addiction only to have that individual’s identity, lifestyle choices, upbringing or sexuality be called into question or demonized. This can not only be confusing and frustrating for the person seeking recovery, but could be detrimental to their recovery as well.

To avoid a distressful situation like this, we recommend that individuals and families look into treatment programs and facilities that transparently make it clear that they are welcoming to the LGBT community. In the case of Reflections Recovery Center, we are exceptionally LGBT-Friendly and offer unique care that is custom-tailored to who you are as an individual.

LGBT-Friendly Rehab Offering a Trauma-Informed Approach to Recovery

Trauma-informed treatment and therapy is available to all of our guests, and is essential in cases where past or ongoing traumatic events play a role in the choice to use drugs and alcohol. Whether the trauma stems from physical violence or sexual abuse, trauma-informed therapy is a higher level of care that can help individuals recover in a safe, comfortable and understanding environment.

Not all of our LGBT guests will need this additional level of care, but it’s an option we keep on the table during the treatment and recovery phases to address any needs that may come up during counseling.

Choosing LGBT Rehab

We always recommend an LGBT-friendly rehab program for the best interest of individuals in the LGBT community, and for the highest chances of successful rehabilitation. But LGBT-friendly rehabs are also the best option for individuals who:

  • Are LGBT-friendly themselves
  • Come from a background of, or have family that identify as, LGBT

LGBT-friendly rehab truly offers a safer environment for recovery, and reaffirms that the care is genuine.

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Reflections Recovery Center in Arizona Offers Help for Out-of-State Families

There’s something to be said about putting distance between the past and the future – literally and figuratively. This ideology is increasingly evident when seeking addiction treatment and recovery for alcohol or drug use.

Imagine your journey of sobriety to be like a new, personal story of your life. There are chapters full of thoughts and images. However, if the chapters only contain the rehashing of old memories, familiar faces and comfortable spaces, there is no positive progression.

Stuck in the same old story and repeating negative habits can turn your addiction autopilot “on.” A national rehab provider, such as Reflections Recovery Center in Arizona, can provide a welcome change for families coast-to-coast.

Help for Out-of-State Families: Getting Away from It All Supports Sobriety

One of the most difficult aspects of drug or alcohol rehab is the disengagement of old behaviors and learning to replace them with healthier ones. It takes an unwavering investment in time and patience for the person in recovery. Pre-established life patterns can undoubtedly compromise the kind of focus needed to work through physical and emotional healing during recovery.

For example, if you or someone you know in New Hampshire is considering rehab for prescription opioid or heroin addiction, searching for addiction treatment centers on the East Coast might seem the logical way to go. But there’s a hook.

The single fear that stops someone from undergoing treatment is from the negative social stigma attached to the term addict. In small neighborhoods and big cities, the thought of running into someone you know during treatment or someone that knows someone that knows you can be horrifying.

Moreover, it can circumvent positive changes already engaged during recovery and jeopardize additional progress. Exploring options through a nationwide drug rehab search can open the door to enhancing long-term sobriety.

Strong Community, Stronger Recovery

According to an article in Forbes magazine, research funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) shows that addicts who receive treatment and recovery in community-based residential programs with shared “recovery-related attitudes, behaviors and social relationships co-evolve” and fare much better than those not participating in this type of environment.

Healing Requires a Broad, Holistic Stroke

Addiction affects a person in two foundational ways: physically and emotionally. Depending on the substance and the longevity of use, trauma is part of the equation. All too often, traumatic events occurred before the development of the addiction. Extensive use exacerbated the addiction, creating a vicious cycle of chemical dependency and spiritual void.

Addiction recovery requires big-picture vision, customized in a manner that protects each rehab client while pushing past the boundaries of comfort into uncharted territory that engages personal growth. Necessary techniques include:

  • Nutritional therapy educates clients on how one’s diet can help ease and enhance the recovery process.
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy teaches the importance of goal setting.
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy includes practicing mindfulness techniques to hone emotions.
  • EMDR therapy helps minimize the negative effects of past trauma.

Round-the-clock, comprehensive programs better support recovery, since real-life situations go beyond the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Holistic practices that teach clients how to handle communication more effectively help bring balance to the forefront of their lives and the tools needed for successful sober living.

A Breath of Fresh Air Puts Muscle Behind Recovery

There’s science behind the notion that “a change of scenery will do you good.” Especially for those living in snow-covered parts of the country during the winter months, seeking rehab options in the southwestern United States is more desirable.

An article in Science Daily showcases the connection between the physical environment of health treatment and responsiveness of patients in their recovery. A practice referred to as evidence-based design (EBD) plays an important role in the construction of buildings that house patients or clients and provide medical services. Researchers found that programs and procedures that took place within facilities with easy visibility of natural or exterior landscapes resulted in faster recovery rates and more positive experiences.

Active Participation in Epic Proportions

Reflections Recovery Center in Arizona takes the benefits of EBD to an entirely new level. Our clients benefit from tangible connectivity to the air, land and water around them with world-renowned experiential therapies.

Invigorating the senses is vital to successful reintegration into society, drug-free, and it happens through recreational outings that challenge physical and spiritual strength. Trekking local forests, hiking expansive mountains, wading gentle streams and exploring cool rivers bring a sort of “grounding” to recovery that people crave. These are the types of healthy habits that restore inner faith, self-confidence and a will to conquer addiction for good.

If your family is tired of living with the stress of opioid or heroin addiction, or if you’ve had enough of alcoholism being a part of your every day, consider coming to a place that offers a different kind of truth. Enjoy the same benefits that our alumni from across the country continue to talk about and experience as they thrive in well-being, restored.

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The Benefits of Yoga in Addiction Recovery

Long gone are the days when the only people doing yoga were women adorned in tie-dye dresses and flowing wavy hairstyles. Now, with strong iconic men like Shaquille O’Neal, LeBron James and other professional athletes practicing yoga, the old stereotypes are fading away.

Many professional sports teams encourage their players to engage in regular yoga for flexibility and injury prevention. Bodybuilders incorporate yoga into their routines to improve range of motion and muscle stability.

The Many Health Benefits of Doing YogaHow Men Can Benefit From Doing Yoga in Addiction Recovery

The health benefits of yoga have been documented in numerous scientific studies. Researchers have found so many health benefits, in fact, it is almost easier to say what yoga does not improve than what it does.

For example, did you know doing yoga improves your sex life? Yes, yoga increases libido and sexual performance.

Here are just a few of the many health benefits of yoga:


  • Helps depression
  • Reduces stress
  • Improves self-esteem
  • Helps anxiety
  • Encourages feelings of well-being


  • Improves flexibility
  • Strengthens bones
  • Lowers blood sugar
  • Boosts your immune system
  • Decreases pain


  • Inspires a healthy lifestyle
  • Focuses you on the present
  • Gives you peace of mind
  • Builds awareness through meditation
  • Encourages self-care

Yoga as an Addiction Recovery Tool

Yoga is an important part of a holistic addiction recovery program aimed at healing the whole person – mind, body and spirit. It promotes a sense of inner peace and calm, lessens pain, and helps people deal with anxiety, depression and other psychological complications.

Often those who become addicted to drugs or alcohol are escaping pain, physically or emotionally. And sometimes hidden pain, once masked by the use of a substance, appears during recovery. Having alternatives to ease the discomfort, like yoga, can make the difference in a successful rehabilitation.

Doing yoga helps to keep the body’s stress hormones down and the mood-boosting chemicals up. An improved mood and emotional outlook gives people strength toward recovery and avoiding relapse.

Yoga as an Aid to Healing

Yogis often report feeling strong and empowered after a yoga session. Whatever your religious or spiritual beliefs, you can incorporate them into yoga philosophy. The philosophy is simply about stilling the mind and balancing the nervous system. You can transcend your present experience. It can get better.

Try out a couple of yoga poses for yourself. And if you cannot go into the postures completely, accept yourself, breathe deeply and think affirming thoughts. Work within your own abilities.

Chair Pose — Utkatasana

The Chair Pose is great for control.

Mind:  Also called Thunderbolt Pose, this posture is about attaining power and fierceness.

Body:  This exercise strengthens ankles, shoulders, glutes, spine and quads. It also stimulates the abs and diaphragm.

Spirit:  Holding this pose and staying in the moment shows you are serious about growth in your life and forging your own way to success.

Below are step-by-step instructions, as well as a demo video.

  • Stand with your feet apart at hip width.
  • Inhale deeply while bringing your hands straight above your head, palms open.
  • Exhale slowly while bending your knees as if you are sitting on an invisible chair.
  • Shift your weight onto your heels while breathing smoothly and evenly.
  • Hold the Chair Pose for one minute, then exhale while bringing your arms to your sides and standing.

Child’s Pose — Balasana

This pose is especially good for addiction recovery.

Mind:  Holding this pose relieves anxiety and mental fatigue. It inspires feelings of safety and security.

Body:  This exercise stretches your back and arms, relieves shoulder tension and relaxes your entire body.

Spirit:  During this pose, focus on the affirmation: “I rest in trust and patience.”

Here are the steps for the pose and a demo video:

  • Kneel down on a mat or carpet.
  • Inhale deeply while sitting back on your heels.
  • Exhale slowly while laying your head forward onto the floor.
  • Lay your arms down by your sides, palms up.
  • Hold the Child’s Pose for five minutes.

Yoga at Reflections Recovery Center

Yoga is one of the many cutting-edge therapies we employ at Reflections Recovery Center as part of our holistic treatment program.  We have tailored our yoga program specifically for addiction recovery.

Participants in our program benefit from yoga because it reconnects them with their body, reintroduces them to healthy and natural physical sensation, reduces stress, and induces feelings of peace and contentment.

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Our Prescott Residential Addiction Treatment Experience

Treatment facilities like Reflections Recovery Center make the road to recovery easier and more effective. Our rehabilitation facility provides a unique take on drug and alcohol recovery, emphasizing the importance of outdoor and extracurricular activities on the journey toward healing. Taking guests out of the standard hospital setting and into our beautiful Prescott, Arizona, grounds encourages being active and enjoying life again. If the following overview of the Prescott residential addiction treatment program inspires you, don’t hesitate to contact us today.

The Resident Experience in Prescott, Az

The path to recovery looks a lot brighter from the grounds of the Reflections Recovery Center. There are two separate facilities in Northern Arizona: the outpatient center and the center for residential living. Clean, modern, and creative, the residential treatment center has a wealth of opportunities for guests to explore the great outdoors, have fun to do new activities, and gaining a new lease on life. During the residential addiction treatment program, residents learn new skills they can apply to everyday life. Here’s what guests can expect when they check into the Reflections Recovery Center residential program:

Peaceful Outdoor Spaces

Guests enjoy a safe, healthy, and productive environment surrounded by the serene Prescott countryside. Reflections Recovery Center is located in the breathtaking Bradshaw Mountains and next to the 1.5 million-acre Prescott National Forest, surrounded by forests, lakes, creeks, and valleys. Our clients take advantage of these natural settings, engaging in outdoor activities such as

  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Skateboarding
  • Swimming
  • BMXing
  • Softball

Guests explore the outdoor sights and amenities during the day and share bonfires around the grounds in the evenings.

mountain bikingThe surroundings at Reflections Recovery Center are relaxing, peaceful, and encouraging for people struggling with addictions. Guests are reminded that life is beautiful and worth living. Guests can spend quiet time reflecting on the banks of nearby lakes or find a new passion in mountain biking. They can skateboard at the facility park and learn BMX tricks. Guests interact with each other, making lifelong friends and learning to heal during group outdoor activities. The outdoor environment is at the heart of the Prescott residential addiction treatment program.

Private Quarters

During breaks from exciting outdoor activities, our residents can retreat to calming private quarters. Our residential facility is comfortable and homey, with private bedrooms that encourage quiet reflection. Each bedroom is clean, modern, and decorated to encourage relaxation. We provide all linens, bedding, cleaning supplies, and toiletries. Our campus also has large common areas, a private study, cozy and spacious living rooms with entertainment systems, and modern, updated kitchens.

Guests may bring clothing, personal toiletries, decorative items, and mementos from home, and non-Wi-Fi devices such as CD players to make their stay more comfortable. However, since we provide all necessities, guests only need to bring a form of identification, an insurance card, and any current prescription medications. Whether guests want to spend the day in the study in private reflection or lounging with friends in the living room, they can do so in our tranquil indoor spaces.

Modern Treatment Practices

Reflections Recovery Center is known for being modern, edgy, and suited for younger residents. We use cutting-edge holistic treatments because we believe in focusing on the recovery of the mind, body, and spirit. Addressing the entire person during addiction recovery is more effective than simply mitigating withdrawal symptoms. Holistic addiction recovery reduces the risk of relapse, addressing the underlying causes of addiction and giving residents tools to combat temptation in the future. The goal of the Prescott residential addiction treatment program is to enable residents to take responsibility for their own physical, emotional, and spiritual health.

meditationGuests in the residential treatment program participate in special activities, events, therapies,
and numerous treatments throughout each day. Trained and licensed professionals help guests engage in progressive holistic treatments such as yoga, reiki, and experiential therapy. Our professionals tailor treatment plans and options to each guest’s specific needs and personal preferences.

Brief Overview of Holistic Treatments

The yoga sessions at Reflections Recovery Center are tailored specifically for addiction recovery, with special poses and practices taught by licensed yoga instructors on the grounds. Yoga promotes mental, physical, and spiritual healing, giving guests an opportunity to learn how to quietly self-reflect and improve mental and physical health. Yoga is also effective for promoting natural feelings of pleasure and contentment – two things people struggling with addiction often lose.

Reiki is the practice of transferring energy from a therapist to the client. Reiki promotes healing and soothing relaxation, as well as letting go of feelings of guilt, shame, and isolation that often instigate addiction. Reiki can help relieve symptoms of withdrawal, making the treatment process easier on guests. Experiential therapy involves outings into Prescott’s beautiful surroundings, led by professionals. It may involve hiking or swimming, or low-intensity activities such as visiting a local museum. Getting guests out of the facility and into the real world is a crucial part of our treatment program.

Location and Surroundings

Conveniently located in Prescott, Arizona, the Center is easily accessible to people from Cottonwood, Verde Valley, Phoenix, Flagstaff, and Tucson. Our unique addiction treatment program attracts guests from all over the country. Guests enjoy mild weather, ideal for year-round outdoor activities.

In a location known for its beauty and serene encounters with nature, guests can recover and heal the roots of their addictions. Far enough away from big cities yet close enough to offer access to professional medical and educational services, Prescott is an ideal environment for recovery.

Family Involvement During Treatment

At Reflections Recovery Center, we firmly believe in the power of family and friends during addiction recovery. Participants in our program need a strong support unit they can depend on in times of need. Families are a source of strength and guidance on the path to sobriety, lending words of encouragement. By reaching out to the people who know our residents best, our professional staff can gain insight into each patient’s history and sources of addiction. This makes our treatment methods even more effective.

Each client is assigned a Family Communication Specialist who will work with the resident
throughout the treatment journey. The specialist stays in communication with the familyclient’s family, providing weekly updates and staying available for phone calls with family 24/7. Family members can think of our specialists as a bridge between them and their recovering loved ones, providing answers to questions, important resources, and instructions needed to facilitate long-term mental health.

The love and encouragement a person struggling with addiction receives from loved ones can transform the treatment experience. That’s why we facilitate family participation during the residential treatment program. We host a family weekend every quarter, welcoming family members to a comprehensive two-day workshop in Prescott. Here, family members learn about addiction and the recovery process, as well as things they can do to make a recovery easier for their loved ones.

Learn More About Reflections’ Addiction Treatment Program

If our treatment program sounds like the ideal environment for you or a loved one struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, get in touch with us today. We will schedule a meeting to discuss the prospective client’s individual needs and history of abuse and answer admissions questions. To qualify for the program, applicants must be at least 18 years old and suffering from a drug or alcohol addiction. We accept several health insurance plans and offer transportation services to out-of-state guests.

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What real clients have to say about Reflections Recovery Center in Arizona
Reflections provided me with the tools that got me where i am today with 14 months sober.
— Ricky A, Long Beach CA
Reflections gave me a life and an opportunity to become part of society. They challenged me and shaped me into the man I want to be.
— Dyer K, Gilbert AZ
I learned how to stay sober, found my best friends and created a new life at Reflections
— David S, Phoenix AZ

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