Addiction is a complex problem that has many contributing factors. The first bridge to cross would be to get clean which may involve a medical detox, and from then on the addict would need to stay away from addictive substances and activities.
This is not the end of the recovery process, it is not complete. In fact it has only just begun. Addiction is deep rooted and even though the addict may be physically clean from any addictive substances, the negative behavior of the addict and the “stinking thinking” is still very much present.
The Importance Of Holistic Addiction Treatment
Addiction treatment very much focuses on addressing making changes to the way that an addict thinks and behaves. This is done through individual counseling, group therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, 12 step meetings, religious counseling and/or SMART recovery meetings, as well as holistic addiction treatment. It is through this process that will help the addict achieve long term sobriety.
An addict needs to focus on the physical, spiritual and emotional aspects of recovery from addiction and not just one aspect. Taking a holistic approach to addiction treatment will give the addict a much better chance at long term recovery.
Here are some holistic addiction treatment methods that you can consider including in your recovery plan:
Massage therapy has incredible benefits and incorporating it into your treatment plan is highly recommended.
Being in active addiction is stressful and comes with many worries, feelings of guilt, anger and resentment. Deciding to go to rehab or joining a recovery group is scary and comes with a whole new set of concerns for an addict. Being in early recovery and working through your past and problems can be traumatic in itself.
Massage can help to relieve emotional stress and tension that has built up.
Detox is physically traumatic as well as emotional. Massage increases dopamine and serotonin (the feel good hormones) as well as improving circulation and removes metabolic waste from your system. This will not only help your body to detox faster but also to make the process of detox less painful and stressful.
Massage can also improve sleep which is something many addicts struggle with.
Touch may have invoke negative feelings for addicts. Including massage therapy can help to make touch have a positive association.Very often addicts may have a very emotional reaction to massage therapy which is perfectly normal.
Yoga is more than just a form of exercise, it is a mindful process that teaches you how to connect your mind, body and breath. It is about self-awareness and focusing inward.
The benefits of yoga for addiction treatment include:
- improved sleep
- increase in energy levels
- stress relief
- increase in self-awareness and self-reflection
- improved self-image and self-confidence
- pain relief
- reduced fatigue
- increased physical strength and stamina
- emotional healing
Yoga provides a healthier coping mechanism for addicts which can help to prevent relapse, reduce symptoms of withdrawals and cravings.
Meditation can be done in many different ways such as alone or in a group, in silence or with music, your own meditation or a guided meditation.
Meditation has physical, mental and spiritual benefits which makes it an incredible tool for addiction treatment.
Physical benefits include decreased tension related pain, lowered blood pressure, increased serotonin and increased energy levels.
Mental benefits include increased calmness, decreased stress and anxiety and improved emotional stability.
Spiritual benefits include increased creativity, open-mindedness and happiness.
Meditation will help you to create that feeling of oneness, of being in touch with your mind and your body.
Acupuncture is a key component of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It works on the belief that there are lines of energy running through the body which are called meridians. When there is any pain, discomfort or disease it is believe that these meridians are blocked. Acupuncture uses needles to remove the blockages and free the flow of energy.
The benefits of acupuncture for recovery are:
- improved sleep
- reduce in cravings
- lessened withdrawals
- decrease in anxiety
- pain reduction
- modulated emotions
Reiki is a Japanese practice used for relaxation and stress relief. It is based on the belief that life energy flows through the body. If your life energy is low then you are more likely to get to get ill or feel stress. If your life energy is high you are more likely to happy, healthy and in harmony. Reiki practitioners make use of palm healing to transfer energy through their hands to benefit their patient.
The importance of good nutrition during the recovery process cannot be emphasized enough. Addicts make poor eating choices during active addiction and need to focus on eating properly when in treatment and in recovery.
Eating the right foods can make the detox and withdrawal process a little bit easier. Getting in the proper nutrition can also help your body to recover and repair itself after the use of drugs.
Part of recovery is learning healthy living habits and eating properly needs to be high on this list of healthy habits.
Getting in the right vitamins and minerals will have a positive impact on your mental well-being. Good nutrition means stable blood sugar, which in turn will help to keep your moods stable.
These are just some of the types of holistic treatments available for addiction treatment. They key to holistic treatments is that they aim to treat the person as a whole, not just one single element of the symptoms. The same should be said of an addiction treatment plan, just treating the behavioral aspect of addiction is often not going to be adequate.
The best possible approach is to team up holistic treatments with traditional addiction treatment.
The goal is to treat all the underlying issues that an addict is faced with, which will result in changed behaviors, improved physical and emotional health, as well as a spiritual awakening.