Addiction is a disease that can affect all aspects of your health, from your physical health to your emotional health. It’s not just a condition that affects your brain but can also affect your heart, liver, and other organs. Addiction often impacts your mental health as well, limiting your ability to cope and breaking down your self-esteem.
As we learn more about addiction and its impact on health, more treatment centers are offering holistic treatment or whole-person treatment. Holistic treatment is designed to address all aspects of your wellbeing with empathetic and supportive care.
What is Holistic Treatment?
Holistic treatment is comprehensive care that focuses on caring for both your body and mind, leading to a better recovery. It combines traditional addiction treatment techniques, such as detox and individual counseling, with complementary therapies designed to further improve your wellbeing. These treatments help you learn how to have a healthy mind long-term, supporting you in your sobriety.
Common complementary therapies at addiction treatment centers include:
- Massage therapy
- Tai chi
- Nutritional therapy
- Horseback riding
You can choose to include all or none of these therapies in your addiction treatment plan.
Holistic care is designed to improve your quality of life. This style of treatment may have many advantages, not only in battling addiction but improving your health in the long-term. Benefits of holistic treatment include:
More Personalized Care
Holistic treatment can be highly personalized, using a variety of different treatment methods. You and your care provider can work together to decide which forms of complementary therapies will work best for you. For instance, you may need help developing a better diet, so pursue nutritional therapy. Or you may feel you need help learning to quiet your mind, so take meditation classes. Holistic treatment can be truly tailored to you and your needs so that you are treated as an individual.
Better Physical Health
Exercise, yoga, and tai chi all help you strengthen your body, improving balance, flexibility, and strength. Regular physical activity can help you sleep better and boost your mood, giving you greater strength in resisting drugs and alcohol.
Massage therapy can also improve your physical health, treating and releasing stress that your body has endured. Massage therapy has benefits such as lowering blood pressure, relieving back pain, and improving flexibility and range of motion.
Nutritional therapy also helps you achieve better health through an improved diet. Eating healthy foods helps your body function better and feel better. When you feel better about your body and more confident in yourself, you may feel less dependent on drugs.
Improved Coping Techniques
Stress can trigger you to use again, especially if you don’t know any other ways to deal with troubling times besides using drugs. Meditation, yoga, and other holistic treatments help you learn how to better cope with stress. They give you a way to quiet the noise in your mind, get rid of negative thoughts, and relax. These techniques can be invaluable in times of stress when you may be most likely to relapse.
More Well-Rounded Care
Counseling, support groups, and other evidence-based treatments are still the best way to treat addiction. While they will remain the core of your care, they may not fully address the underlying problems related to addiction. Holistic treatment helps you address these issues, from coping problems to poor health, improve your confidence, and make you feel stronger both mentally and physically. Instead of focusing on just addiction, holistic treatment helps you improve other aspects of your health that may have also suffered.
Better Long-Term Success
For many people, holistic treatment methods lead to better outcomes and a greater chance of long-term sobriety. More people who use holistic treatment tend to recover completely rather than those who don’t. People who use holistic care can break out of their patterns and start a new life. They may also feel more satisfied with treatment and feel that their providers are more caring and empathetic.
Holistic treatment can also be pursued as part of aftercare. Though you may not take yoga classes at your treatment facility, you can often find them in the community to continue your journey. Along with alumni groups and other regular aftercare, holistic treatment gives you long-term support.
Overcoming addiction and substance abuse requires a commitment to change. It requires you to seek new ways to live, to deal with stress, and to improve your health.
At Harmony Place, we offer holistic treatment to help you build a new life. From yoga to acupuncture and more, we help you tailor your care to fit your particular needs and goals. By improving your overall wellness and making positive changes in your life, you can achieve long-term abstinence.
If you or a loved one require addiction treatment, we can help. Contact us at 1-888-789-4330 at any time day or night for assistance.