One of the driving forces behind addiction recovery at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services is also to offer our clients the best of the best in exclusive, executive rehabilitation services. Our facility is a comfortable, aesthetic, pleasant, and enjoyable place to be. Our facility and our program both combined are designed to deliver the best of the best when it comes to addiction treatment. We also strive to comfort our patients while in treatment and recovery. One way to accomplish this is with massage therapy among other relaxation techniques.
Our treatment program is effective and highly successful. We apply the multi-modality, open-ended approach to our treatment methods. In this way, our clients can pick and choose from our counseling, therapy, and other rehabilitative methods and techniques to quite literally pick and choose and custom build their very own rehabilitation program. This method gives our clients the best possible chance that they can get at achieving a lifetime of sobriety and recovery for themselves and others in their recovery network.
Behavioral Rehabilitation Services also has a wide-range of amenities and electives that our clients can participate in. These have addiction recovery as the backbone behind them, but they also have other beneficial and pleasant effects too. One of these amenities is that of massage, and we use this approach to help our clients on both a physical and a spiritual level too. Massage is an amenity, but it is also a highly useful rehabilitative technique as well too. Our massage therapists offer a wide range of different types of massage therapies that our clients can pick from, all of which are immensely beneficial for helping someone get over the withdrawal effects of addiction and for assisting them to build peace and serenity in their minds and souls from a spiritual level.
Massage For Addiction Recovery
Addiction changes basic brain chemistry. There is no doubt about that. Typically, a person’s brain produces a vital chemical called dopamine. Dopamine is a key to pleasure as it is experienced on a physical and a mental level. Dopamine is used by a person’s brain to encourage him or her to continue doing something that is required as a human being for survival. Eating and sex, for example, are two activities that naturally trigger large dopamine releases in the brains of human beings. The pleasant dopamine release that comes about from this causes the human psyche to want to continue to do those things that caused such a release, hence the constant, continual survival of the species for so many thousands of years.
The sad truth of what makes drug and alcohol abuse such the problem is that addictive behaviors trigger a release of dopamine in the human mind and body. This release is much higher than what the body can do naturally in fact, which is part of the pull and desire to abuse such substances. Because of the overall quite high amount of dopamine produced by the drug or alcohol that one is abusing, then there will be an incentive to keep abusing that drug or that alcohol to keep getting that same result. Once one abuses a substance a few times and experiences that heightened dopamine release, he or she will be driven to keep repeating that behavior, hence the inception of addiction.
A massage is a holistic approach to assisting individuals who are trying to kick drugs and alcohol with both the detoxification and the rehabilitation aspects of a treatment program. When a person is coming down off of drugs and alcohol, he or she will feel pretty awful, and his or her dopamine levels will be bottomed out and very, very low. Massage helps increase the levels of dopamine in the brain to really, effectively give the human body a rejuvenation of natural and regularly occurring dopamine levels. When massages are given consistently, repeatedly, and over an extended period it causes dopamine levels to increase steadily in the human brain. This is primarily a way to not only heal the human body from a physical, structural approach but also to restore dopamine levels and to heal the body from a dopamine deficiency naturally and holistically.
Benefits of Massage Therapy
Massage also decreases stress better than almost all rehab therapies. Recovering from an addiction puts the body and the mind of an individual through a tremendous amount of stress and unhappiness overall. Massage decreases the production of the stress hormone cortisol in the body, and it increases dopamine production and release. Massage also helps slow the breathing and the heart rate of the body, thus relaxing the individual and giving him or her an enjoyable and therapeutic experience.
Massage Therapy offers an abundance of additional benefits too that all help recovering addicts that include:
Decrease physical muscle pain
Ease medication dependency
Increase joint flexibility /circulation
Promote tissue regeneration
Reduce muscle spasm/cramping
Enhance sleep quality
Our staff at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services are more than happy to be able to offer massage therapy at our center. It is highly useful in our detoxification approach as a withdrawal tool, and it is very beneficial in our rehab as an amenity. We will continue to use massage in our program as we have seen the physical and spiritual benefits that this straightforward technique can offer.
Massage is something that any client can take part in. It is not religious-based at all, and it doesn’t require a lot of interaction or response on the part of the client either. Our massage therapists hold professional certificates in multiple massage techniques, so if clients want to engage in massage therapy, then they can choose from the different techniques offered here, depending on what interests them the most and which one they feel will be the most beneficial for them. All in all, this is a compelling and helpful approach that we think is crucial to addiction recovery.