Alternative Therapies

What is Alternative Therapy and what are the treatment options offered at Haven Behavioral Hospital of Albuquerque?

Haven Behavioral Hospital of Albuquerque offers alternative therapy treatment opportunities as an added benefit to our patients. For patients who would like options to enhance their traditional treatment plan, alternative therapies such as movement/stretching, music and recreational therapy are growing in popularity. According to a 2007 study conducted by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, more than 38% of adults and nearly 12% of children in the United States use some form of complementary or alternative medicine.


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Stretching has always been touted as a way to ease tension, typically in muscles. At Haven Behavioral Hospital of Albuquerque, stretching and movement are a type of therapy utilized to ease not only physical tension, but also mental stress. Stretching the body helps patients concentrate on the movement which relieves stress and helps relax the body. This, in turn, quiets the mind and helps the patient relax.

Music Therapy

At Haven Behavioral Hospital of Albuquerque, music therapy is used as a way for patients to communicate, interact and express themselves through a medium other than speech. Music has a way of taking us back to another time. Maybe it is songs that were popular in high school or the song you danced to at your wedding. Patients may have this same reaction to a specific song or type of music that reminds them of a happy time in their life. In addition, the use of music therapy helps decrease anxiety in patients, reduces muscle tension and, in some cases, increases socialization. Music therapy allows patients to make music, listen to music and discuss what they have heard or feelings that the music invoked. Music therapy sessions may occur on an individual basis or in a group setting.

Recreational Therapy

According to the American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA), recreational therapy is a treatment designed to restore, remediate and rehabilitate a person’s level of functioning and independence in life activities, to promote health and wellness as well as reduce or eliminate the activity limitations and restrictions to participation in life situations caused by an illness or disabling condition. At Haven Behavioral Hospital of Albuquerque, our recreational therapists are uniquely trained to assist behavioral health patients whose issues are further complicated by age and mobility limitations due to the aging process. Activity and movement improve not only the physical health of a patient, but the mental health as well.


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