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Holistic Addiction Treatment Therapy

Harmony Place believes in utilizing an array of holistic addiction treatment programs 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.

Mind, Body & Spirit

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 Addiction Treatment 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 corresponds 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 damages 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. Chiropractors use hands-on manipulation of the spine and other alternative treatments. The theory behind it is that the body’s musculoskeletal structure, especially the spine, needs proper alignment and that this will enable the body to heal itself without surgery or medication. 

Chiropractic care in addiction recovery focuses on the flow of neurotransmitters. This is because during active addiction, drugs and alcohol take over the production of neurotransmitters. And after a while, the addict will experience illness of both the mind and body. Once the body is back in alignment, neurotransmitters can flow normally and activate in the correct sequences. 

When used in conjunction with other essential treatment services, chiropractic care in addiction recovery can be of tremendous benefit in re-establishing total body harmony. 

Benefits

Chiropractic care in drug treatment may provide people who are recovering from substance abuse significant benefits that will help build a foundation of recovery such as:

  • Chiropractic care in addiction recovery can provide stress relief. Especially in the early stages of treatment. The beginning of treatment is frequently filled with overwhelming feelings of uncertainty, anxiety, and even physical uneasiness. At this time, patients need to find ways to relax and let go of stress. Chiropractic treatment is a way they can get the stress relief they need as they start treatment.
  • Another benefit is that chiropractic care can help restore emotional balance. During early recovery, newly recovering addicts may experience a wide range of overpowering emotions that might be difficult to handle without the familiar crutch of substances. 

Chiropractic therapy can help to bring about an inner feeling of calm and can help the addict attain clarity of mind. In turn, this can allow them to process their thoughts and emotions in a healthier and more positive manner. Finally, chiropractic therapy in addiction treatment can help strengthen and nurture your emotional sobriety, which is equally if not more important than achieving physical sobriety.

Perhaps the most important feature of chiropractic care in drug treatment is that it can help relieve the physical pain and discomfort newly recovering addicts feel–especially in the medical detoxification process. There are those times when physical pain is the primary cause for individuals to begin using substances and go on to develop an addiction. 

Chiropractic therapy in addiction recovery can help to identify and relieve that pain. Additionally, undergoing chiropractic therapy can offer benefits such as decreased cravings for drugs and alcohol, decreased depression and anxiety, improved mental performance, lower cortisol levels, improved blood circulation, and increased oxygen levels among others.

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.

Energy Healing vs. Psychotherapy

These days, mental health treatment is made up of mostly psychotherapy, which mainly uses language to affect thoughts, feelings, and behavior. The other major type of mental health treatment is behavioral modification, using rewards and penalties to affect behavior, thoughts, and feelings.

Energy work depends on the fact that all thought, emotion, and behavior are controlled by energy. Imagine the atoms in your body vibrating and spinning while, at the same time, you’re in a sea of energy as endless as the universe. The Universal energy interacts with your personal energy to cause everything that happens to you:

  • Your health
  • Your emotions
  • Your thoughts
  • Your behavior

Energy healing targets the merging of the Universal and the personal energies. The practitioner of energy healing guides the Universal energy so it has the greatest benefit on the personal energy and the atoms of the body.

Energy Healing Advantages

  • Energy balancing is mainly non-verbal. It is beyond language.
  • Subconscious beliefs are changed automatically without effort.
  • The patient doesn’t need to do anything to achieve the benefits.
  • It’s not necessary for the patient to “believe” in the treatment for it to work.
  • The deepest parts of spirit and mind are affected.
  • Energy healing is non-invasive and non-toxic.
  • It’s cost effective. No medications or equipment are required.

Benefits include:

  • It creates deep relaxation and helps the body to release stress and tension.
  • Speeds up the body’s self-healing abilities.
  • Aids better sleep.
  • Helps with the breaking of addictive behavior patterns.
  • Eases physical discomfort.
  • Remove energy blockages, adjust the flow of energy in the endocrine system. This brings the body back into balance and harmony.
  • Helps the body cleanse itself from toxins.
  • Reduces the side effects of drugs and helps the body recover from drug use and drug therapy.
  • Increases energy and stamina.
  • Supports the immune system

Applying Energy Healing to Addictions

The addictive process includes every level of human functioning:

  • Emotional
  • Mental
  • Behavioral
  • Physical
  • Spiritual

Energy work affects each of these levels quickly and at the same time. This promotes complete change at the deepest levels of the body, mind, and spirit. A person caught up in an addiction needs to change their worldview, belief system, and their behavior.

Massage Therapy

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. Other physical and emotional issues during recovery include:

  • Pain
  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Sleep problems

Benefits of Massage

Massage (of any kind) helps with all of these. The body releases fewer stress hormones while being massaged. Stress hormones, like cortisol, weaken the immune system which can lead to more pain. It can become a vicious cycle that massage can end.

  • Massage also increases the levels of dopamine and serotonin, the feel-good chemicals in your brain while it decreases cortisol. This is crucial in the early stages of recovery when your dopamine level often drops dramatically. It is an uncomfortable time to say the least.
  • A study at the University of Miami’s School of Medicine’s Touch Research Institute found that even people who are going through withdrawal from alcohol, cocaine, or opioids were more deeply relaxed with a simple chair massage than with 20-minute relaxation sessions. During the relaxation sessions, they sat in a quiet room and focused on their breathing. Furthermore, those who received the massage sustained the relaxation benefits for 24 hours.
  • Massage therapists understand the stress/disease connection more than doctors do. They are able to feel when a patient is holding tension. Doctors don’t put their hands on people as therapists do.
  • Building resistance to relapse requires utilizing relaxation strategies to reduce the stress sensitivity associated with post-acute withdrawal symptoms. 

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 is a condition of mental awareness and focuses that have usually been used in meditation practices. It has recently become useful as part of certain types of cognitive-behavioral therapy.

What Is It?

When you are mindful, you are aware of both your environmental surroundings as well as your inner experience including your responses to what’s going on around you at the given moment. The goal is to be aware without becoming attached to anything you’re experiencing. Mindfulness is not difficult but it does take some practice and self-discipline to focus only on the present moment and not get sidetracked by thoughts of the past and the future.

Mindfulness

One of the ways mindfulness makes people feel better is by slowing things down. It keeps you from rushing from one activity to another or one thought to another. When you quiet the mental chatter, you can have a sense of calmness and peace that is often the reason people use drugs such as marijuana, alcohol, and opiates.

Another way mindfulness makes you feel better without drugs is by giving you an opportunity to notice the many enjoyable sensory experiences that surround you in everyday life. Things you probably never noticed. When you allow the beauty of the world to fill your consciousness, it doesn’t seem like a place you want to escape.

Mindfulness can help you understand your own reactions to things. Through understanding your reactions without getting attached to them, you will find that you can usually let things go that would have irritated you in the past. Frequently, people reach new realizations about themselves and the things that trigger them to drink, use drugs, or take part in other addictive behaviors. This makes it easier to respond differently in the future.

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.

Holistic Modalities

Integrated Holistic Addiction Treatment 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. Learn more about how we can help you today!

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