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If you know someone suffering from a substance abuse disorder, you know how tough it can be to beat the disease for good. There is no “right” solution for everyone, and the answer for the cure to addiction isn’t always in black & white.

While a rehabilitation program (including medication, counseling, etc.) is the primary way that many have found recovery, there are new alternative therapies that have been proving beneficial for people trying to permanently achieve sobriety. One of these new alternatives, holistic treatment, is especially on the rise.


What is Holistic Treatment?

Holistic treatment uses a mix of classic & non-traditional methods to help people overcome addiction and live a healthy lifestyle in every area: physically, mentally, and emotionally. This type of treatment encourages nutritious eating, specific physical activity, meditation, and more to give patients a comprehensive approach to beating addiction.

But of course, holistic treatment isn’t for everyone and should not be used as the primary method of addiction therapy unless the individual has a mild case. For people with severe addiction disorders, it works best when combined with traditional treatment; but for patients who have a job and family, holistic treatment is available as an outpatient rehab at some treatment centers.


The Holistic Approach to Rehabilitation

Many rehabilitation centers have added holistic treatment to their list of methods; and since it’s been so successful, some holistic facilities have begun to arise. These facilities are strictly focused on this type of therapy because of its alternative approaches.

Some holistic treatment options may include:

  • Massage Therapy
  • Physical Exercise Programs
  • A Nutrition Plan (organic foods)
  • Yoga & Tai Chi
  • Meditation & Spiritual Guidance
  • Herbal Therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Art & Music Therapies

For a treatment to be fully holistic, it should take a “whole-person” approach to recovery that focuses on both the body and mind. To start, those with addiction disorders must: not take any medications, find quality holistic care providers, and have the financial means to afford it. Therefore, this kind of treatment has a few risks. It may:

  1. Cause severe withdrawal symptoms due to lack of medication
  2. Be harder to find good counselors since holistic therapy is a small specialty
  3. Not be covered by insurance since there are no recovery cases that have been “proven” due to lack of medical substances

But if you have the resources to access holistic treatment, it is highly encouraged. These alternative methods can help people in new ways.


How Will This Treatment Help?

Since holistic treatment is best when combined with other types of therapies, it has been known to help people finish rehab programs more easily and quickly. It can also:

  • Boost morale through mind-cleansing techniques (yoga & acupuncture)
  • Help patients identify the root of their addiction & what led to using
  • Gives positive coping methods
  • Offers alternatives to using

Holistic facilities and traditional centers alike have been increasingly adopting these approaches due to overwhelming positive response from patients and families alike. If you’re interested in what holistic approaches may offer for you or a loved one, ask us a question by calling 844-237-5762.