Emotional Freedom Techniques
Emotional Freedom Techniques, or EFT, involves using your fingertips to tap on a sequences of body areas which are related to acupressure points. It is an energy psychology technique with the purpose of balancing you “energetically” and also benefits you by freeing up areas of blocked energy. EFT is used to help work on the underlying causes of a person’s addiction and is believed to help an addict cope more efficiently with their cravings.
Mindfulness-based therapies can be useful in that they help an addict increase awareness and give them the tools to reconnect with themselves in order to have a better understanding of the way their addictions play out in their lives. This type of therapy can help addicts better respond to stressors in their lives. An addict can learn to practice mindfulness by learning to be more present in their own daily life. Another way to practice mindfulness is formal meditation.
Equine-assisted therapy involves assistance by a licensed mental health professional along with an equine specialist. It is not required for you to have the knowledge and experience of riding a horse, since the activities you will partake in are performed on the ground. You may be encouraged to participate in activities which are directly connected to taking care of the horse, or you may focus on more structured activities which are done in order to help you address therapeutic issues.
By developing your relationship with the horse, you will better understand how you relate to yourself and to others, since this relationship with the horse will mirror your own relationships. Throughout the process of equine therapy, your therapist will help you to identify patterns that fuel your addiction. You will also learn to practice new ways of feeling, behaving, and thinking.
The Tharros House is a sober living home located in Lexington, Massachusetts. This facility is a type of alternative addiction recovery support that can benefit addicts by giving them a live-in support group.