Dolphin Therapy is a unique form of healing that is offered by many addiction rehabilitation centers, as well as discreet institutions. Many of these facilities offer different types of therapy, one of which is animal-assisted psychotherapy. This method of treatment is thought to help provide support for those who are trying to fight their addiction. Hawaii Island Recovery engages in holistic addiction therapy which includes dolphin assisted psychotherapy.
Alcoholics and drug addicts face difficulties that make it hard for them to contend with the changes that happen around them. In recovery, we call this “living life on life’s terms.” It is the reason why some individuals turn to drug addiction to cope with the stress and anxiety that they are facing in their every day life. Many people who are suffering with addiction struggle with depression and anxiety in their every day life.
What is dolphin therapy?
Dolphin assisted therapy is a method in which interaction with dolphins is used treat people who are suffering from addictions and/or other disabilities. It is a form of treatment that is believed to help people better handle challenges and cope with life stressors. They are known to use sonar, which increases attention span and fosters coordination and motor skills in humans. Interacting with the dolphins helps people to relax and also to learn. Also, studies show that animal therapy activates the secretion of endorphins and hormones that are known to lessen pain and aid in recovery.
What are some myths about addiction that dolphin treatment has helped to prove false?
1. Many people believe that addiction is an untreatable disease.
Many doctors concur that addiction is a disease, but just like any other disease, can be treated. There are therapies and medications that treat and even reverse the effects of addiction. This does not mean that addiction is a curable disease. Those who get clean will spend the rest of their lives fighting the disease.
2. Many say that to overcome addiction, all you need is willpower.
While it is true that if you really want it, you can beat addiction, but this is not always enough. Willpower will not be your only tool to help fight this disease. Will power will be what you use to enact all of the methods that you have learned. Willpower, alone, will not help you to overcome your addiction. Cravings and compulsions will be very strong, and one’s will is not always strong enough to fight back. Animal assisted therapy is one method that can help someone in moments of weakness.
Dolphin therapy is a big contribution to such treatment. Sounds emitted by dolphins can signal frequencies that have a major effect on the brain, simply by correcting brainwave activity. This, in turn, helps improve a person’s awareness and learning ability. This will also help the patient’s brain to control its cravings and addiction.
3. Most people think that because rehabilitation and treatment didn’t work the first time around, that there is no point in undergoing treatment again.
Sometimes, all a client needs is another go at treatment and rehabilitation. Perhaps it’s a new program that is going to be the answer they are looking for. It is true that recovery takes a long time, and sometimes setbacks happen. But it doesn’t mean that treatment is not working. Encounters with the dolphins heighten deep emotional reaction. This release of deep feelings and emotion can help a person respond well with the treatment. Many people return to rehabilitation after relapse to attempt to apply new methods of treatment such as dolphin therapy.
Why should you consider dolphin therapy?
One of the best treatments that can help clients get over their addiction is the one that makes it easier for them to face their pain and to express their feelings, to provide those who try to recover from their own addictions the process, to move forward, and to introduce a new and better person than they were before.It should be noted that addiction affects individuals in the most profound ways. Self-confidence is replaced by self-loathing. Doubts, anxieties, and fears are heightened and become the norm. Program evaluators and counselors use a variety of methods to make treatment a success for their clients, and dolphin assisted psychotherapy can play a large part.
Animal-assisted therapy helps people dealing with addiction recover successfully. With this kind of unique and natural healing, the recovering addict can understand their feelings and deal with challenges and anxiety by using their heightened senses. Clients who are in the dolphin therapy program exhibit stronger emotional bonds, calmer demeanor, an increase in self confidence, better and more responsive coordination, and also an improved immune system. Of course, it is not a cure-all, nor does it claim to be, but the changes are dramatic enough with some individuals that it does merit further studies into this unique therapy.
A sense of being with a friend, of carefree frolicking, of play, is actually a very effective method of treatment. It is amazing what dolphin therapy can do!
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If you or someone you know is suffering from substance abuse or addiction, please call Hawaii Island Recovery at 866-906-6911 for help or more information.