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By NABH Staff

Medically Reviewed by Erika Dalton, LMSW

Last Updated on February 7, 2024

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Mental health disorders cannot be treated by treating the symptoms alone. We use holistic and evidence-based methods to treat the entire individual.

At North Atlanta Behavioral Health, we offer a variety of treatment services designed to meet the individual needs of our clients. One such therapy is red light therapy, which has been proven effective in reducing symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders.

This highly researched and newly emerging form of treatment can be used as a complementary modality or as an alternative approach when traditional methods are not achieving their desired results. Our team of experienced clinicians can guide you through your personalized mental health treatment.

What is Red Light Therapy?

Red Light Therapy is a non-invasive treatment that uses specialized red and near-infrared light waves to improve overall well-being. It can reduce fatigue, promote natural healing processes within the body, fight wrinkles and aging caused by sun exposure and environmental stressors, stimulate collagen production for firmer skin texture, and more.

Red light therapy also stimulates blood circulation throughout the body at higher speeds than normal, increasing energy levels while releasing stored-up toxins. This natural form of therapeutic care offers many positive benefits with minimal risks involved in its application. It is a great option for anyone looking to experience ultimate relaxation while potentially improving health conditions or reducing specific symptoms.

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Benefits of Red Light Therapy

  • Increased Energy Levels: Red Light Therapy helps to stimulate the production of ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate), which is our main source of energy and can help those struggling with addiction combat fatigue and lethargy that often comes along with withdrawal symptoms or detoxification. 
  • Improved Sleep Quality: Red light therapy has been shown to aid in improving sleep quality, helping soothe the body into natural restorative cycles for improved physical recovery at night 
  • Enhanced Mental Clarity: The increased blood flow and oxygen delivery resulting from this treatment further aids in soothing symptoms associated with anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders while providing greater clarity for decision-making processes throughout the recovery journey focusing on long-term sobriety maintenance goals. 
  • Reduced Cortisol Levels: Excessive cortisol levels are commonly found in those battling addiction due to chronic stress or trauma. With regular use, red light therapy promotes natural chemical processes within these receptors for slowing down cortisol production.
  • Stimulates Natural Healing Processes: The therapeutic red light penetrates beneath the skin’s surface to stimulate healing processes at a cellular level, which can quickly speed up physical recovery from addiction. 
  • Prevents Premature Aging: With its ability to penetrate deeper than UV rays, red light therapy provides anti-aging benefits such as reducing wrinkles or age spots. This type of treatment can increase collagen production for healthier skin. 
  • Enhances Mood and Well-Being: Research suggests that regular red light therapy may positively influence mood due to its ability to promote relaxation responses within the central nervous system leading to improved mental health.

How Our Red Light Therapy in Atlanta Works

There are several processes involved with our red light therapy in Atlanta. First, an initial consultation is conducted with the individual to determine if they could benefit from this therapy.

Next, sessions are scheduled as part of the person’s individualized treatment plan. Sessions range from 10 to 30 minutes but may vary depending on the symptoms and underlying conditions being addressed and treated.

During the session, the client can enjoy relaxing music, aromatherapy scents, or relax comfortably. At the end of each session, the person is given time to reflect on the experience. As a person progresses through addiction treatment, red light therapy sessions are adjusted to suit their current needs, objectives, and recovery goals.

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Is Red Light Therapy Safe?

Red light therapy is generally considered a safe and effective treatment. A few rare side effects like skin irritation or discomfort where the light wave is applied, but these often dissipate quickly. The intensity of the light can also be adjusted to meet specific needs so that patients only get the intensity required for their treatment.

Will I Have Any Side Effects From Red Light Therapy?

Most people do not experience any side effects from red light therapy. Some people may experience mild discomfort or skin tingling during the treatment, but this is typically temporary and should go away with time.

How Can Red Light Therapy Help Dual Diagnosis?

Red light therapy has been found to be beneficial for dual diagnosis cases, which is the presence of both a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder. By increasing circulation within the body, red light therapy can help reduce feelings of fatigue and exhaustion. 

It can also boost serotonin production in the brain, leading to an improvement in mood and behavior, reducing symptoms associated with depression and anxiety. Furthermore, red light can naturally activate dopamine receptors, potentially reducing cravings for certain drugs or substances.

Start Red Light Therapy Today

When you are ready to take the first steps to recovery and a new life, North Atlanta Behavioral Health near Atlanta is here to help. Our personalized mental health treatment includes services like red light therapy. Contact us for further information or to start your treatment today.

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