Researchers into the nature of addiction are finding many new contributing factors that manifest themselves as substance use disorder. Addiction treatment in New Jersey tends to take a holistic approach, attempting to identify and treat all of these contributing factors. Many times, they include undiagnosed and untreated mental conditions, in particular trauma, depression and anxieties.

Margo Talbot recently told her story to CNN about her own descent into substance use disorder which included freebasing cocaine. A native of Canada, she began using drugs at 12 years old but had become borderline suicidal by the time she was 20 and ended up being arrested, giving her a wakeup call to figure out why she felt the need to self medicate a depression she didn’t understand with harder and harder drugs. While she was sitting in her cell, she recalled going on an ice climbing trip with her then-boyfriend and how much it made her happy.

“The very first time I went ice climbing, I felt joy for the first time in my life without the use of a heavy does of street drugs.” The emotional neglect as a child she experienced had given way to a sense of purpose and living ‘in the moment’ in a way that kept her focused directly on what was in front of her, in a very meditative sense.

“I don’t call ice climbing a sport. I call it an endeavor, a practice. It’s got too much danger to call it a sport. But that’s one of the reasons I love it. The danger rings you completely into the present moment.”

Her discovery of an activity that as a therapy didn’t come from a treatment center, but from her self reflection in jail. However, it’s well known by top rated drug rehab centers that holistic therapy that includes expressing yourself through action and activity can result in not only newfound passions, but heavily contribute to relapse prevention. While Margo hasn’t gone through emotional therapy with trained psychologists, as someone who’s going into treatment would experience, the power of activity based therapy has so far worked out for her.

She now teaches ice climbing clinics and has replaced drug use and partying with teaching and leading ice climbing expeditions in places like Ouray Ice Park in Ouray, Colorado, a small mountain town in the San Juan Mountains. Many people call the location the ‘Switzerland of America.’ While not everyone can have the same personal insight, rehab clinics with a holistic approach tailor themselves to uncover and treat underlying emotional distresses that often are caused by or cause addiction itself. Activity based therapies are offered with guidance to help people seeking treatment find their own personal form of therapy like ice climbing has served Margo.

Discovery InstituteIf you or someone you know has found themselves with substance use disorder and wishes to get professional help, Discovery Institute offers addiction treatment in New Jersey. Call 844-478-6563 for more information.


Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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