Holistic drug and alcohol rehab programs approach addiction treatment by treating the physical, emotional, and spiritual health of their clients. A good comprehensive rehab program utilizes both: the traditional model of addiction treatment which focuses on psychotherapy, 12-step programs, and support groups, and the holistic model, which focuses on improving and maintaining all three areas of health working on the mind-body-spirit connection.
The philosophy behind treating all three areas of health is that they are all connected; meaning that disease in one area will affect the other two. A holistic treatment approach will work to heal each of these three areas so that the recovering individual can sustain sobriety after the main issues influencing substance use are resolved.
One major aspect of the holistic drug and alcohol rehab that might differ from traditional rehab is the detox process. As an example, detox at a holistic addiction treatment center may not include medications to ease uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. However, not providing any medication to ease discomfort is not a detox protocol found in the majority of rehabs that offer both traditional and holistic treatment approaches.
If you are interested in this type of treatment, you should evaluate the program carefully to make sure the program you are considering is the right one for you.
Other aspects of holistic addiction treatment programs that are different from traditional treatment are the alternative types of psychotherapy offered, such as art, music, or animal-assisted therapy.
Holistic rehab programs may include:
- Meditation sessions, yoga, tai-chi & prayer sessions
- Complementary therapy, such as massage or acupuncture
- Organic, all-natural meal plans provided to improve physical health and focus on nutritional deficiencies due to addiction
- Physical activities such as exercise, biking, hiking, etc.
As most comprehensive addiction treatment programs are tailored to the individual’s needs, they are flexible when it comes to holistic alternative activities. Some programs allow you to opt-out of meditation or other activities if you are not comfortable practicing them.
Nevertheless, no matter what the treatment type, the treatment must be evidence-based and shown to be effective.
For more information on finding a quality holistic addiction rehab program, call our helpline today at 800-851-3291
Addiction treatment support specialists can answer your questions to help you identify your needs and guide you in choosing a rehab program that is best for you.
The Mind-body-spirit connection in addiction treatment can be a life-changing way to begin the path to recovery.
Dr. Balta is the Medical Director at FCR for more than 10 years. Dr. Balta is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine, Certified Psychoanalyst. As well, as having Psychiatric Training at The Albert Einstein School of Medicine Psychiatric Residency Program In New York City and Psychoanalytic Training at The William Alanson White Institute in New York City. While working in New York City, gained funding Grants for the treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders from SAMHSA , HRSA and the City of New York.