Common Alternative Therapies for Recovery

There are many different ways to heal. Alternative therapies provide options for your teen to recover in a way that is unique to them. Here are a few of the most commonly used alternatives to therapy.


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The practice of yoga can be beneficial for teens recovering from an addiction. It increases focus, strengthens the body and immune system and promotes positive thinking.

Animal Therapy

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Spending time with a pet or other domestic animal is very soothing. Horses in particular have been widely used for therapeutic purposes in what is called “equine therapy.”


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Learning how to nurture plants is a step in the direction of learning how to properly care for yourself. It is also a huge confidence-booster for teens to see their efforts come to fruition as the plants they tend grow.

Adventure Therapy

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Adventure therapy can include rock-climbing, hiking, white water rafting—anything outdoorsy. It’s the perfect outlet for active teens to release stress and focus on something other than the temptation to use substances.


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Acupuncture is the stimulation of different acupuncture points throughout the body with the aim of bringing balance and allowing the flow of qi. It is commonly used to treat depression, anxiety and addiction in teens.[](

Art Therapy

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Being creative allows teens to tap into their emotions and puts them in a positive space for reflection and healing. Art is used therapeutically to help people with self-expression who are seeking personal growth or struggling with mental health issues.

Music Therapy

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Music is another medium for self-expression and reflection. It also has a soothing effect, alleviating stress and boosting the mood. Music therapy can come in the form of playing an instrument, or simply enjoying listening and singing along.

Every teen is different and will respond to different things. Think outside the box when it comes to your teen’s recovery. Consider alternative therapies while finding what works for your child specifically.

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