For many people, the term “holistic” brings up thoughts of unproven medicine and superstitious healing practices. But that’s not what this kind of addiction recovery is about. According to Elevate Addiction Services, holistic treatments use a variety of therapies that allow a patient’s body to heal naturally. This treatment type is adaptable to each person and “heals and enhances the mind, body and spirit” simultaneously.
Treatments included in such a recovery program can include:
* Massage therapy
* Meditation and yoga
* Mindfulness training
* Nutritional awareness and training
* Experiential therapy
* Exercise and physical fitness
But perhaps the most important aspect of a holistic approach to recovery is that it does not rely on any medication to help the patient through the recovery process. While the occasional prescription pill might not significantly impact the average person, addicts have a completely different chemical makeup in their brain. Taking another form of medication to end their current addiction appeals to the ingrained mentality of “taking a pill to solve your problems.” That is why holistic rehab facilities believe in treating addictions without the aid of any medication.
Holistic addiction treatments don’t just seek to get a person off of drugs; it seeks to heal the whole person, and get to the root causes of their abuse. For many addicts, addiction is merely a symptom of a deeper problem, and the problem can be different for each person. Holistic treatments help patients identify and overcome the issues that have led to their addictions in order to prevent relapse.