Why a Holistic Approach Matters for Recovery

Holistic Approach to RecoveryIt can be a long and difficult journey finally arriving at the point where someone is ready to ask for help in overcoming their substance addiction.  Because a drug or alcohol problem doesn't just affect one small, compartmentalized area of a person’s life, it’s important for total recovery that a holistic approach is taken. A holistic path to healing doesn't just focus on one aspect of the body, but rather the whole person: mind, body, and spirit.  This therapy incorporates fitness, nutrition, and natural pain management elements alongside more traditional forms of treatment but doesn't rely just on pharmaceutical recovery options. The Mind The holistic approach for healing the mind is done through individual counseling sessions where the individuals spend one-on-one time with a counselor to help them discover what in their life has led them to substances and teaches them how to deal with those and other stressors in a healthier manner in the future. To take it further, group counseling sessions allow those at the facility to immediately practice their newly learned coping skills through interactions with others.  Group therapy is a great way for individuals to use those skills since there is usually a diverse population participating in it.  It gives each person the hands-on experience they need to fortify their coping mechanisms to make their recovery more permanent. The Body A body that has been subjected to drugs and alcohol is damaged and in need of rest and repair.  People who feel healthy are in a much better place to take control of their behavioral and mental health.  With the holistic approach, recovery includes focus on proper nutrition and fitness.  It’s important to note that those who are physically healthy and get exercise regularly have a natural defense against two common side effects of addiction: anxiety and depression. The Spirit Learning good habits and counseling are not the only things that go into recovery.  Holistic treatment also focuses on other ways to help alleviate stress and anxiety by acknowledging and addressing an individual’s need to slow down and become more aware of what’s happening around them in order to stop the cycle of reacting unconsciously to stressors.  Ways this can be accomplished are though spiritual instruction, yoga, or meditation. By incorporating all aspects of a person’s being into treatment and through the teaching of various coping skills, an individual is more likely to remain sober because all parts of the being are addressed.  Creating inner balance while helping to build a support network will give someone the foundation they need to start a healthier, cleaner life.  A treatment center that intentionally considers the whole being can make all the difference to a long-lasting recovery.  If you think that this treatment is right for you or a loved one, or if you have any further questions, please contact us at Drug Help Line, phone 1-800-714-2955.  Help and the path to recovery are just a phone call away.