Holistic addiction treatment rehabs treat the whole person, not just the disease.
A recent trend toward a more holistic approach to treatment is now front and center in some rehab programs. Holistic treatment is based on the concept that our wellness involves all aspects of the person: mind, body, and spirit. When one of these realms is unhealthy, it affects all the other areas of our being.
There is an array of holistic methods that are present in treatment programs, right there with the other therapies. The thought is that, without treating all the facets of our wellness, it isn’t possible to sustain sobriety.
Combined with therapy and other mainline treatments, the holistic methods only help to strengthen recovery. Read on to learn more about holistic treatment for substance use disorders (SUD).
Learn More About Holistic Wellness
The goal of holistic wellness is simple: to achieve optimal wellbeing through the healthy functions of the whole person. The thought is that when your mental health is stressed or unwell it will impact your physical health and your spiritual health. This concept follows through to all of these aspects of being. To treat the SUD you must address all these facets of wellness.
This is done through the use of holistic treatments. These will assist the person in healing all areas of their life, not just the symptoms related to the SUD. Learn to quiet the mind, to relax, to reduce stress, to eat healthy, to get proper exercise—and improve wellness.
The Holistic Model for SUD Treatment
For most of the past many decades, SUDs have been treated using traditional methods. These include mostly psychotherapy, education, and medication. The concept of SUD treatment has widened quite a bit in recent years. Not only are there more drugs now to help support recovery, but holistic methods are now part of the landscape.
It is now believed that holistic methods enhance the overall treatment effect of the rehab program. They do this by helping the person to engage in rehab while in a more relaxed state. When people feel relaxed they are more open, calm, and willing to share during group sessions. This also holds true for the one-on-one talk sessions. In classes, when relaxed, more of what is being taught will sink in.
So Many Holistic Treatment Methods to Choose From
Even just ten years ago, rehabs did not include much in the way of holistic treatments. That has really changed now that it is widely known how these methods can augment the treatment outcomes.
Yoga is used as an adjunct therapy in rehab because of its ability to increase strength, reduce stress, and help you achieve a calm mental state.
Spending time in thought and reflection helps the person gain new insights while also gaining control over their feelings. Learning how to meditate can help promote better control over cravings. Having more control over thoughts can help the person take a pause before they respond to a trigger. When prayer time is included in the sessions, it also becomes a source of strength.
The practice of keeping a journal provides an outlet for feelings, thoughts, and prayers. Putting your feelings down on paper helps to reduce stress, versus going over and over an event in your mind.
Mindfulness with deep breathing.
Early recovery is not easy. The mind is still bouncing around and can disrupt any attempts at peace. Mindful awareness can help to better manage roaming thoughts. When coupled with deep breathing techniques, stress is also greatly reduced.
Stress can be held in the back, neck, and shoulders. Massage therapy helps to release the muscle tensions and toxins in the body. It also calms the mind as the person enjoys being deeply relaxed and in a tranquil state.
Placing tiny needles in five areas in the ear can help during treatment, and beyond. This ancient practice assists by reducing pain related to detox symptoms. It can also reduce stress.
Movement benefits both our physical and mental health. Programs that include fitness will help clients improve overall wellness while elevating mood with release of the feel good hormones.
Some folks may not be willing to open up during therapy sessions. They may feel self-conscious about revealing their deepest thoughts and fears. These same people may find that art therapy helps them to express their feelings artistically instead.
Using certain essential oils has been found to help people relax and distress. These oils can also help improve sleep. Consider lavender, rose, orange, ylang ylang, and frankincense oils to help reduce stress.
Caring for a horse, by feeding, grooming, and exercising the horse, can be helpful in treatment. Helping with the horse’s needs becomes a source for building self-esteem, confidence, and caring for something outside oneself.
The process of planting and caring for a garden can help reduce stress. Being outdoors also helps you increase your vitamin D, which can protect against depression.
When treating someone for a SUD, it isn’t enough to just focus on the disease alone. Many factors underlie an SUD in most cases. Trauma, life events, failed relationships, and illness can be involved. Ignoring all the realms of a person in favor of just treating the SUD is not going to yield long-lasting results.
The mind, body, and spirit work in tandem to create a healthy, centered sense of being. Rehab programs that feature holistic methods offer a more complete approach to treatment. These programs take into account the whole person and all their needs.
Bodhi Addiction Treatment Rehab Northern California
Bodhi Addiction Treatment Center offers a blended approach of evidence-based and holistic treatments. Our unique approach centers on helping clients to function better in all levels of their being. By adding the holistic aspects to the treatment program we believe the long-term results will be strengthened. For more details about our program, please give us a call today at (877) 414-1024.