Cold Laser Therapy for Addiction

Over the years, there have been several different breakthroughs in the medical field. Luckily, technology has allowed us to try out different methods of treatment and therapy for a variety of disorders or injuries, including addiction. One of these is cold laser therapy. While some may be skeptical of the name, cold laser treatment can be extremely beneficial for several cases of addiction. 

It is always important to look at different options when looking for treatment/therapy. This is especially the case when dealing with addiction or mental health. At Coastal Detox, we pride ourselves on providing quality and trusted treatment for many different cases. If your or a loved one is suffering from addiction, don’t wait, get help right now. 

What is Cold Laser Therapy?

Cold laser therapy is a low-intensity laser therapy that stimulates healing. This is done by emitting low levels of light. The reason this treatment is called ‘cold’ laser therapy, is because the level of light is very low. This means that the levels of light are not high enough to heat the body’s tissues, hence ‘cold’ laser therapy. 

Additionally, the light levels used in cold laser therapy are much lower when compared to other laser therapies. Aesthetic and surgical lasers heat up the tissue, which is not the case during cold laser treatment. Cold laser therapy can be a great alternate for other laser therapies as well. Cold laser therapy goes by a few other names, these include the following:

  • Photobiomodulation
  • Soft laser biostimulation
  • Low-level laser therapy (LLLT)
  • Low-power laser therapy (LPLT)

How Does Cold Therapy Work?

Cold therapy works by applying different wavelengths and outputs (of low-level light) to a specific area. This area ends up absorbing the light and changes accordingly. These lights (primarily the red and near-infrared lights) cause a reaction. In turn, the damaged cells in the area will start to regenerate. This is a process that occurs within a short period of time (a few minutes). 

To take a closer look at the process, superficial tissue is usually taken care of with wavelengths ranging from 600 to 700 nm (nanometers). For more severe cases, higher wavelengths are used, around the 780-950 nm range. While a person will feel the laser (the device) touching their skin, the entire procedure is pain-free and not invasive. The process only lasts a few minutes and does not include sounds, vibrations, or heat of any kind. 

Cold Laser Therapy: Uses for Addiction and Beyond

Cold laser treatment has many different applications and can be extremely beneficial with physical injuries and problems. Doctors, therapists, medical professionals, and even dentists use cold laser therapy in their fields. The primary use of cold laser therapy is tissue repair and pain relief (inflammation relief as well).

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Cold laser therapy is also extremely useful in cases of addiction. Over time, your body can be severely affected by the drugs in your body. A person’s cells can be damaged and can become sensitive over time. This can take attention away from addiction recovery and can be a distraction. Cold laser therapy can help rejuvenate these portions of your body for healthier living overall. 

What many people forget is that addiction is a mental battle as well. Depression, anxiety, trauma, and stress can fuel a person’s addiction. Some people turn to drugs as an escape from these emotional disturbances, and sometimes even physical challenges. This creates a dependency and until a person confronts these emotional feelings, they cannot truly be sober. This is why it is important to be in a healthy state, physically and mentally. 

Relief for Pain and Aches

Cold laser therapy is commonly used for cases of physical pain or aches. These can include a multitude of different conditions and severity levels. Over time, your body can take a beating, especially dealing with alcohol or intense drug use. Since cold laser therapy is physically based, pains and aches can be aided with ease. As your body heals from these pains and aches, you can focus on other therapy options for your addiction. 

This form of laser therapy can also be used as a substitute for acupuncture. Acupuncture typically involves the use of needles and can be very relaxing and therapeutic. Chiropractic methods and acupuncture can be used during addiction treatment for relaxation purposes. If a person is anxious about needles, cold laser therapy can be used as a substitute (no needles or contact).

Boosting Energy Levels and Mental Wellbeing

When getting help, a person’s energy levels and mental state may be negatively skewed. It is worth noting that addiction is just as much of a mental matter as it is a physical matter. Having a clear head and focused mind can make a massive difference on the road to recovery. Cold laser therapy can be used to relieve some of the physical pain while promoting stress-relief and other positive effects. 

Cold laser treatment can lead to the following factors:

  • Better mood
  • Better stress management
  • Improved fitness and cardio levels
  • Improved and healthier sleeping patterns
  • Positive effects on a person’s nervous system

When individuals take good care of themselves and all the issues revolving around their body, they can truly focus on what matters. By improving a person’s wellbeing, they can put their attention on their depression, anxiety, feelings, triggers, and other stresses related to addiction. Sometimes all it takes is a small string of improvements to make a difference. 

Is Cold Laser Therapy Right for You?

While cold laser therapy has many benefits, it’s important to know if a therapy like this one would be right for you or a loved one. Cold laser therapy is safe and effective when done by a medical professional. It is not invasive or painful in any way, which is always a big positive when it comes to therapy treatment. There are instances where cold laser therapy should not be used: without professional guidance and supervision, on unborn children, or pregnant women. 

It is also worth noting that this type of therapy does take some time. While the sessions last only a couple of minutes, it will take some time (sometimes a month) to see its effects. This might not be the right option if you need something more immediate. On the economic side, some insurance providers may not cover this form of treatment. 

Using Cold Laser Therapy at Home

Some cold laser therapy devices are actually available to use at home. However, there are a few things to keep in mind if you are considering this. It’s important to make sure which device you are buying if you go this route. Often, they may make claims that are unrealistic. For the best result, it’s best to refer to a medical professional with experience. 

This is especially true in cases of addiction. In order to get an effective treatment, you have to take the first step in a trusted facility like Coastal Detox. It’s important to get supervised guidance when it comes to drug and alcohol addiction treatment. 

Other Ways to Get Help for Addiction

Addiction is something that can affect every part of the body, regardless of who you are. It’s a disease that does not discriminate. If left untreated, a person’s entire life can change for the worse (mentally, socially, and physically). This is why it’s extra important to weigh out your options about addiction and treatment. Cold laser therapy alone is not enough to effectively treat addiction. But it can be a great aid in the journey towards recovery (along with other holistic therapies). 

Rehab centers like Coastal Detox have a variety of resources and help for you or a loved one’s addiction. We specialize in detoxification, which is an essential and primary step of all addiction treatment cases. Detox can be a stressful and unpredictable period due to the withdrawal symptoms that may arise in the process. However, we’ll be by your side to ensure your detox is effective and safe from start to finish. 

There are also a lot of other ways of treating and managing addiction. This can include a wide range of therapy options and support systems. Common forms of therapy for addiction/mental health include:

  • Family therapy
  • Support groups
  • Holistic treatment
  • CBT/DBT therapy
  • Inpatient treatment
  • Outpatient treatment
  • Medication-assisted treatment
  • Partial hospitalization programs

Start Your Journey to Recovery Here at Coastal Detox

While cold laser therapy can be very beneficial, it is only a single piece of the bigger picture. Detox and addiction treatment is necessary for long-term sobriety. It’s important to know that you are not alone in your journey towards sobriety. No matter how deep your addiction may be, it is never too late to reach out for help. Let Coastal be your guide today. Contact us today to learn more about our facility and the detox process. 

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