Elevate Addiction Services takes an alternative approach to addiction treatment to other rehab centers. Our experience over the past 20 years has confirmed our belief that substance use disorder is best treated holistically to address the individual’s physical, emotional and psychological health at the same time.
Addiction is a chronic illness that affects a person in all areas of their lives. Personal relationships are damaged, sometimes beyond repair, successful careers wrecked and lives are torn apart. Due to the extensive damage done by addiction and substance abuse, holistic therapy offers a gentle way of bringing healing across multiple layers of an individual’s overall well-being.
That said, there are still many people who are unfamiliar with how holistic therapy works and the effectiveness of the individual therapies and practices used at the best alcohol treatment centers like Elevate. In this article, we want to lift the lid on the most effective treatments used at the best alcohol treatment centers to reveal just how beneficial the holistic approach can be for people struggling with substance use.
What Is Holistic Therapy?
Holistic addiction treatment considers the individual as a whole rather than just addressing the symptoms of illness in the way traditional medicine does. When referring to the person as a “whole” it means their total body health in terms of mind, body, and spirit. This is based on the belief that the way we think and feel has a direct connection with our emotional and physical health.
In an addiction context, a holistic recovery center recognizes that destructive behaviors are driven by how we feel about ourselves and our place in the world. By healing the emotional and psychological problems an individual has, they are empowered to introduce healthier behaviors into their lives and in turn improve their physical health.
When someone has become dependent on or addicted to drugs or alcohol, their physical health inevitably suffers. This is largely due to the damaging effects on the brain’s chemistry caused by persistent substance abuse, which turns a desire to use into a compulsive need to that’s directed entirely by the body rather than through the individual’s conscious choice.
Holistic addiction treatment seeks to identify the connections between physical, emotional and psychological problems and how they interplay with each other in an addicted person. As a holistic recovery center, Elevate has the main objective of healing each component of a person’s illness at the same time through combined holistic and evidence-based therapies.
Holistic Addiction Recovery Services at Elevate
Therapists at Elevate Addiction Services are specialists within a variety of holistic fields. Some holistic treatments we offer are well-established, whereas others are more modern techniques for healing substance use disorder.
Some of the holistic services Elevate offers include:
Mindfulness is an ancient practice that is designed to focus the mind on the present. People with substance use disorder have generally become quite scattered in their thinking due to chemical imbalances in the brain. Mindfulness seeks to restore the balance by silencing the racing internal dialogue patients may experience in rehab, allowing them to find a quiet place within themselves as a daily practice. Mindfulness practices include meditation and deep-breathing and have been shown to be highly effective coping mechanisms in recovery.
Nutritional Awareness Education
Many people with addiction illness have developed bad eating habits. Some substances may cause people to eat more, whereas others may suppress the appetite altogether. People with alcohol dependence or alcoholism commonly replace regular healthy meals with a “liquid” alternative. This accumulation of poor nutrition can often cause significant health issues, which nutritional awareness education seeks to address.
Art and Music Therapy
Art and music therapy is considered an experiential treatment for addiction as it introduces patients to creative activities they may not have previously pursued. The value of this type of therapy in an addiction context is that it allows patients another medium for expression, allowing them to communicate more clearly how they think and feel. One of the fundamental aspects of long-term recovery is that individuals feel they are supported and understood in their new sobriety and so honest expression and open communication are vital. Art and music therapy opens the doors for self-exploration in an enjoyable and productive experience that has enormous therapeutic value.
Many people who need addiction treatment are concerned about the detox process which is the first step of rehab. At Elevate, we recommend a 30-day detox program as it allows patients time to cleanse their bodies of the influence of substances in a gentle and natural way. Massage therapy is hugely important in detox as it reduces some of the more unpleasant withdrawal symptoms patients may experience. Therapeutic massage helps to relax the individual during drug or alcohol detox while improving blood circulation, reducing stress and easing chronic pain.