Your body is an intricate machine. Within that body, we have a mind and many believe a spirit as well. Addiction is not simply a physical dependency. It’s not just a terrible “habit”. It affects the spirit and emotions as well.

Holistic drug and alcohol treatment is about treating the one suffering like a whole person, attacking the addiction by helping the whole body-mind-spirit heal.

The idea is that a healthy whole person is better equipped to say “no” to temptation down the road and continue to work toward personal growth when he/she is shown how to live a healthy life. In this article, we’ll explore what holistic treatment is and what benefits those who undergo this treatment experience.

What is Holistic Treatment Like

First of all… It’s important to understand that many facilities state that they use holistic treatments. They are not intentionally representing their programs. What holistic means to them and what it means to you may be two totally different things.

The dictionary definition is this:

Holistic Treatment – A comprehensive treatment of the whole person with consideration to the fact that all pieces are connected.

The above is the definition that many facilities use. But, over time, holistic has begun to mean something a little different to many people because we so often associate the word with natural medicine.

Holistic Treatment – Treating the whole person with natural remedies and activities; alternative medicine

Both are effective options for treatment. But if you’re looking for the latter, you’ll want to ask questions. Here are some common holistic treatments using the 2nd definition.

  • Herbal medicines
  • Reiki – a Japanese healing technique that works to align the flow of energy through the body
  • Acupuncture – also a Japanese healing technique that realigns energy
  • Massage
  • Nutrition – Learning how to eat well
  • Nutrition Therapy – Eating specific foods during your treatment to replenish the body or support mood, energy, sleep, etc. to help you heal
  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Exercise
  • Sweat Lodge/Sauna
  • Neuro/bio – Feedback – Patients are shown images of their brains when they are stimulated by different events . This visualization of cravings helps many better understand and manage their emotions.

These treatment would be in addition to more traditional cognitive-behavioral treatments, group therapies and 1:1 counseling.

Benefits of Holistic Drug and Alcohol Treatment

1. Focus on natural rather than synthetic

Synthetic drugs often have terrible side effects. A holistic approach doesn’t normally include synthetic medicines. Rather compassionates but firm professionals take the more difficult approach of immediately beginning to work with the individual, treating them with respect and talking to them like aware and intelligent human beings. They focus on helping the patient reestablish the normal cues and functions of the body using the holistic techniques discussed above.

2. Gets at the root causes

At lot of blame and shame can go around in a traditional rehab setting. Holistic treatment is not about blame and shame, but understanding. Once you get to the root cause, you can address it, forgive if need be, heal it,  and put it behind you.

3. Body recovery

Addiction suffers put their bodies through a lot. Lack of proper nutrition coupled with toxins and other self-destructive behaviors destroy the body. Nutrition, massage, yoga and exercise work to restore the body. Saunas are used to help individuals remove toxins from their bodies.

4. Mind Recovery

Therapists work to redirect negative self-talk and replace it with healthier thinking patterns. They teach the patient coping skills, how to exert will power and handle tough situations. Energy treatments like Reiki and Acupuncture are believed to greatly contribute to mind recovery.

5. Emotional Recovery

An addict’s emotions are often in shambles. They likely endured trauma. Therapists help the addiction sufferer work through trauma and understand emotion, so that they can better process how they feel. Exercise, meditation and yoga are very powerful tools for helping individuals regulate emotion.

6. Spiritual Recovery

Holistic treatment centers respect all spiritual paths. They are simply there to facilitate the individual’s own understanding of who he/she is as a spiritual being. Many patients find it helpful to envision a higher power greater than themselves whether that is God, Goddess, Universal Energy or something else. The patient is urged to reconnect with his/her spiritual beliefs, if any.

7. Lasting Recovery

Whether your holistic center uses natural remedies or not, they treat the whole person not just the disease of addiction. That’s what’s important. The holistic approach empowers the individual rather than making them feel victims to their addictions or their environment. According to research, a holistic approach does give a patient the best chance at living a relapse-free life on the recovery path.

Finding a Holistic Drug and Alcohol

Adrugrehab.org is dedicated to connecting those suffering from addiction and their families with respected and effective treatment options in their area. When you call our free, confidential helpline, you’ll speak with compassionate and knowledgeable professionals who will listen and evaluate your unique physical, behavioral and financial needs before educating you and supporting you in making the right rehab choice for lasting recovery.