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Holistic Addiction Treatment Therapy

Harmony Place believes in utilizing an array of holistic treatments and therapies in conjunction with our clinical addiction care. Our integrated approach addresses the client’s physical, spiritual and mental health needs. By utilizing alternative or complementary treatments, such as yoga, chiropractic and acupuncture alongside the 12 steps, education and therapy, we are able to treat the whole person – rather than one single element or issue.

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Treating the Whole Person

Drugs and alcohol affect the central nervous system. Holistic addiction treatment aims to cover a variety of aspects that could be contributing to the root causes and underlying issues that lead to substance abuse in the first place.

Our program considers:
 

  • Physical dependence
  • Mental health issues
  • Spiritual disconnection
  • Lack of proper nutrition
  • Chemical brain imbalance
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Holistic Modalities

At Harmony Place, we strive to provide you with the best and most advanced tools and techniques to ensure your success as you begin the road of sobriety with us. These holistic modalities have proven to be effective in addiction treatment, and all are available to you during your stay.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a 2000-year-old Chinese medical practice that involves inserting tiny needles into the body’s tissues to adjust nerves or hormones. It is known to reduce anxiety and agitation while facilitating calm and receptive behavior. Levels of serotonin, dopamine and GABA – the “feel good” neurotransmitters in the brain – are known to rise significantly as the result of an acupuncture session. This can help you become more relaxed, suppress your cravings, overcome depression and insomnia, and boost your immunity.

The NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) Protocol is a form of addiction therapy used at Harmony Place to treat physical pain, supplement emotional well-being and assist with the symptoms and results of chemical addiction and withdrawal. It is very non-invasive, as the auricular treatment focuses on five points on the ear. Each of these points correspond with healing a specific ailment, be it physical or emotional. Harmony Place works closely with a NADA protocol expert who is an accomplished and compassionate licensed acupuncturist with a proven record of success.

You Can Continue Acupressure After Graduating from Harmony Place

After going through addiction treatment, many people can carry on their acupuncture treatments at home. This is fairly easy because there are a few acupressure points you can activate on your own in order to relieve stress. Giving yourself an acupressure massage or just working on a few points is a great way to practice self-care and emotional management when you’re feeling stressed during the post-treatment phase.

Your feet are full of acupressure points that are helpful in relieving tension and benefitting the body in a number of ways. Here are two of the most beneficial acupressure feet points you can apply acupressure at home:

Tai Chong (located within the indentation between the second and big toe)

Irritability is a common symptom of withdrawal from drugs and alcohol. As the dopamine levels return to normal, the brain has difficulty coping with the lack of pleasurable sensations being created by drugs and alcohol.

Low dopamine in addition to low serotonin, low energy and high feelings of physical discomfort can cause someone to experience severe irritability. When PAWS (post-acute withdrawal syndrome) hits, the Tai Chong point can be especially helpful to ward off feelings that remind you of early recovery.

Specifically, acupressure on the Tai Chong helps relieve:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • Irritability

Xing Jian (located in the most high-pressure part of the webbing between the first and second toe)

This acupressure point is ideal for recovering alcoholics as well as those recovering from opiate addiction. Firstly, alcoholism and alcohol abuse damage the liver. This point is known to help the liver heal from diseases and weaknesses.

Secondly, this point is helpful for relieving pain and aches caused by leg cramps. “Kicking” is the term applied to the experience of withdrawal from opiate drugs like painkillers and heroin, because the legs are restless and achy, causing the person to kick their feet and legs, sometimes uncontrollably.

Acupressure applied to the Xian Jian point is helpful for:

  • Liver Disease
  • Leg Cramps

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic is a natural form of medicine that uses spinal adjustments to correct misalignments of the spine and restore proper function to the nervous system, helping your body to heal naturally.

Chiropractic treatment focuses on relieving the pressure on the spinal nerves. By relieving spinal pressure, nerve impulses flow freely to all the muscles and organs of the body, eliminating pain. Pain can often cause anxiety, depression and contribute to addiction. Regular chiropractic treatment stimulates the immune system and contributes to the restoration of good health.

Research has shown that chiropractic treatment generates a nearly immediate increase in the production of wellness neurotransmitters – such as serotonin and dopamine. This assists in the treatment process, helping to increase your feelings of well-being as you walk the road of positive change with us.

Energy Work

Part of our holistic, whole-person approach to treatment includes addressing the energetic body system. The Energy Body consists of the Chakra Energy Systems, which parallel the psychosocial stages of development. Each of the seven Chakras coincides with energy centers along the spine, and those energy centers of the body provide important information about trauma or developmental disruptions that coincide with addictions. Understanding the correlation can open the door to emotional material, which, if left untreated, can contribute to the return to addictive behavior.

Massage Therapy

Building resistance to relapse requires utilizing relaxation strategies to reduce the stress sensitivity associated with post-acute withdrawal symptoms. Massage therapy is an effective treatment to address stress reduction, pain management, anxiety, sleep disturbance, headaches and muscle tension. It can reduce fatigue, increase energy and improve concentration, while also increasing feelings of connection and comfort.

Increased feelings of physical well-being contribute to a positive recovery experience. Harmony Place considers massage therapy to be an effective, easily accessible resource for our clients to use following residential treatment.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness practices are essential tools for reducing stress – a key contributor to relapse. Mindful meditation practices help clients focus their attention and awareness, giving them the ability to regulate their emotional experiences. When a client has voluntary control over their emotions, they are empowered to regulate those emotional states, rather than being driven by them.

Mindful meditation exercises help clients learn to quiet their minds and reduce stress. Research findings reveal that engaging in mindfulness stress-reducing practices not only reduces stress, but also decreases anxiety, depression and emotional reactivity.

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Holistic Modalities

Integrated Holistic Care

The comprehensive care at Harmony Place integrates holistic treatment into our clinical program to augment the traditional treatment modalities we offer. An essential tool for managing cravings and other symptoms in recovery is to build resistance to them. Building resistance against relapse requires attention to the whole person – physical, emotional, spiritual healing and the energetic body.

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