Holistic Treatment for Recovery of Body, Mind, and Spirit
Holistic treatment for addiction tackles the body, mind, and spirit of those who have struggled with compulsive substance use. Addiction affects every realm of life as we know it if it goes unchecked long enough. We become physically ill from the toxic effects of substances, of course, but we also suffer mentally, emotionally, and spiritually as well. In a holistic treatment program for addiction, you can expect that the three major aspects of life will be addressed—your body, mind, and spirit.
Holistic Treatment for the Body after Active Addiction
Holistic treatment for the body begins with withdrawal and detoxification. The body has been exposed to frequent toxicity in active addiction. Not only does substance use have to stop for recovery to begin, but the residual toxins in the body have to be removed, too.
It is a myth that holistic treatment does not use elements of mainstream medicine. An effective holistic approach incorporates a wide range of methods and techniques into a comprehensive plan. Consequently, if medications are indicated during withdrawal to ease symptoms of distress, and make the process medically safer, then they are used. However, additional methods are likely to also be used during withdrawal and detox that other, more traditional programs don’t always use. Some of these are vitamins, supplements, herbal medicines, specialized nutrition, acupuncture, chiropractic, yoga, and massage. Every holistic treatment program is unique in their staffing and array of services available. If you are interested in particular methods, you will have to inquire if they are available at each holistic program you explore.
Healing the body after active addiction is a process of returning it to a balanced state. The basics of a healthy physical life have to be restored and regulated. For example, substance use overrides the body’s natural instincts for sleep and food, setting up cycles based on intoxication rather than normal biological need. Restoring physical balance addresses these basics, helping you achieve adequate and regular rest, as well as adequate and regular nutrition. The process helps you regain a connection to your natural physical needs, reconnecting you to bodily cues, signals, and needs. While quick gains are typically made, and people feel much better soon into the detox process, physically healing is a gradual process. You can look and feel dramatically better long before your body has completely healed from chronic or heavy drug use.
Longer term strategies are important for continued physical healing after detox. An effective holistic treatment program will teach you the skills you need to sustain your physical gains once you’ve returned home. Among those skills are usually methods of de-stressing the body, and obtaining optimal nourishment. Learning to live with a daily lifestyle that promotes physical wellness is important to sustained wellness.
Healing the Mind in Holistic Treatment for Addiction
When it comes to addiction and recovery, the mind is either our ally or our enemy. We’ve long known that addiction is far more than simply taking substances. Beyond that physical issue, our minds are intricately involved and active in the distress and difficulties of active addiction. Consequently, recovery from addiction must also address our mental activity. Otherwise, we are vulnerable to relapse.
One of the most notable mental elements of addiction is the obsession. Obsession is a fixation upon a particular thought or set of thoughts. And, it can feel involuntary, even intrusive to have such thoughts. Addiction inevitability induces obsessive thinking about using more, and many people experience these thoughts as tormenting.
In the worse of our worst, we are consumed with thoughts about the substance we are addicted to. We think about using. We think about how it was when we used. We think about obtaining more of the substance, and arranging circumstances so we can use. When we try to reduce how frequently we use, or how much we use, our obsessive thoughts are very active, telling us that cutting down isn’t possible. When we stop using, the obsession increases and is a driving force behind a great deal of the distress we feel when we initially do stop.
Other problematic mental activity in addiction also serves the addiction in some way. Therefore, any successful treatment and recovery effort has to examine thoughts and beliefs that trigger substance use. The thoughts and beliefs that reinforce addiction aren’t always direct but can set us up in patterns of self-sabotage that eventually lead us back to using.
Thoughts and beliefs can help us deny that we have a problem. They can also help us rationalize and justify our addictive behaviors. Denial and other thinking distortions like rationalization, justification, blaming others, seeing self as a victim and so on are universal characteristics of all addictions. They help perpetuate the illness, but we can identify them in the thoughts we think, and we can replace them with more helpful, reality-based thinking.
Healing the Spirit in Holistic Treatment for Addiction
Many people consider addiction to be a spiritual malady. In fact, 12 Step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) have this concept at the core of their philosophy. However, a great deal of misinformation surrounds spirituality and spiritual practices, making many wary of holistic spiritual healing.
Typically, spirituality is more broadly defined than most think. It refers to a sense of well-being, feeling connected to others and the world; living a life of values, purpose, and meaning, and being empowered to lead a healthy life. Some are very put off by spiritual programs, thinking them to be religious in nature. However, the ‘spirit’ to which holistic programs refer involves working toward feelings of peace, gratitude, serenity, balance, and acceptance rather than the practice of organized religion, or belief in a particular system of thought.
Many practices have a spiritual core to them, encouraging introspection, awareness, mindfulness, and an overall sense of well-being, empowerment, and confidence. Such practices as meditation, yoga, qi gong, and tai chi are generally accepted as having an overall calming, focusing, and balancing effect upon those who practice them, for example. In a comprehensive treatment program, tending to the spirit can also involve such experiences as creativity, openness, and honesty. A usual response to such activities is the relief of a mental or emotional burden, finding closure for emotional issues, breaking free to a new level of awareness, accepting a previously difficult issue, or embracing opportunities for growth.
When Holistic Treatment Makes Sense
There are many times and situations in which a holistic approach to addiction treatment makes sense. It is always a very individualized choice and preference, and whatever treatment method you choose should make sense to you and feel comfortable. Your choice should also be one that gives you a sense of hope for healing. Having confidence in the Here are some reasons people choose a holistic method:
- They are familiar with elements of a holistic program and have had success with them.
- They are curious about holistic methods.
- Other methods have not worked.
- There are many issues occurring all at once and a comprehensive approach is indicated.
- They feel aligned with the underlying philosophy and values of a holistic program.
- They are looking for a significant lifestyle change.
- They feel disempowered to establish and manage a healthy life.
- There are unresolved and underlying issues that have led back to substance use after other treatments.
How to Find the Right Holistic Treatment Program for You
Finding the right treatment program of any type can be an overwhelming event. When you are at the point of needing rehab, you are already overwhelmed, not physically well, and emotionally drained. Chances are just about every aspect of your life is in chaos, and it feels almost impossible to do your research, sorting through the myriad of choices you find on the Internet. Then, too, financial issues are a big concern. Can you afford the treatment you need? How do you negotiate insurance issues?
You don’t have to navigate all this on your own. We understand the pain and chaos you and your family are in when it’s time for addiction treatment. We also have done the research for you and countless others already. With one call to us, we can help identify your treatment needs, clarify insurance issues for you, and make recommendations that perfectly suit your situation. In short, we can expedite the process of finding the right help for you without increasing your emotional burden at a very difficult time in your life. You can start reaching out for the help you need by reaching out to us. We are a free service with no strings attached.
Of course, no one can do it all for you. You have things to do, too. First and most importantly, you have to make significant decisions: to reach out for help, to accept that help, and to participate in your treatment to the best of your ability. After you’ve made those decisions, you have to ‘suit up and show up’, putting yourself where you can get the help you and your family deserve. We can help point you in the right direction for you and your family’s resources.
There is hope for recovery, no matter how long you have struggled, and no matter how hopeless you feel. You can, like countless others before you, take the leap of faith you need to get yourself in treatment. From there, you simply go step by step, following guidance and recommendations of people trained to get you where you need to be. Recovery happens and it can happen for you.