What Does Holistic Mean?
When it comes to substance abuse treatments, holistic can have two separate meanings. A ‘holistic’ treatment plan is a plan that will address the whole person and their needs as an individual, rather than treating that client like “just another addict”. This means that on top of physical detoxification procedures, the client’s physical, mental, and emotional health is taken into consideration, and so are social needs including family issues, employment needs and housing.
The second way ‘holistic’ is often used in addiction treatment centers is to name types of treatment that are not the traditional, evidence-based, medical and talk therapy models you find in a rehab program. These are sometimes called ‘alternative’ substance abuse treatments, and they encompass the person’s mind, body, and emotional health alongside the physical aspects of addiction.
What is Holistic Addiction Treatment?
Holistic addiction treatment encompasses all the types of treatments provided that encompass a person’s health as a whole person. These treatments incorporate mental wellness and spirituality for a whole-patient approach, and may offer help dealing with stress, withdrawal symptoms and chronic pain, provide spiritual grounding and a better mind-body connection, and help the patient regain their physical and mental strength.
Each treatment facility differs in the types of programs and therapies offered, but some common holistic treatments in a recovery center may include:
- Life skills and vocational programs
- Sober living
- Employment support
- Massage therapy
- Yoga therapy
- Equine therapy
- Tai chi
- Coping tools
- Music therapy
- Social activities
- Art therapies
- Experiential therapy
- Wilderness therapy
- Exercise and nutritional counseling
How Holistic Treatment for Addiction Works
The idea behind holistic treatment is that there are several parts to a healthy person, and if there is an imbalance in one part of that person’s life, all of the other parts will be negatively affected. This means that if you are physically well but mentally or emotionally unwell or do not have strong social connections, in terms of addiction, you will likely relapse. If, on the other hand, you address the underlying emotional issues and other root causes of addiction, build up your support network through family therapy and community support groups, and get control over any co-occurring disorder like a mental health issue in a dual diagnosis treatment plan, your chances of remaining in long-term recovery from drug addiction will grow.
How Effective Is Holistic Addiction Treatment?
When used in tandem with traditional therapy and behavioral health treatments like cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing and multidimensional family therapy, a holistic approach to substance abuse treatment is very effective. Not everybody responds to the same types of treatments in the same way and having options to choose from that feel less clinical may be preferable for some individuals.
Where to Find Holistic Addiction Treatment Near You
The most common way to begin looking for a rehab center near you is through an internet search. Some things to consider when viewing a treatment center website include:
- Are they accredited, with educated and experienced staff members, doctors, and therapists?
- Are they knowledgeable and equipped to handle dual diagnosis treatments?
- Do they provide medication-assisted treatment for detoxing?
- Do they also integrate evidence-based approaches like cognitive behavioral therapy or dialectical behavior therapy into each plan?
- Do they provide an assessment and a customized treatment plan based on your needs?
Massage therapy and yoga are excellent as an addition to a regulated and professional therapy program, but should not replace traditional treatment in addiction recovery.
Serenity Oaks Holistic Approach to Treating Addiction
At Serenity Oaks, we offer holistic treatment that includes:
- Nutrition classes
- Recreational activities
We have life skills classes that include financial education and budgeting, time management skills, resume building and personal grooming classes. There is family therapy, physical fitness and nutrition, and trauma therapy.
With levels of care that include medically assisted drug detox and inpatient rehab, outpatient rehab, partial hospitalization programs and intensive outpatient program, we offer a customized treatment plan for each client with:
- A safe medication-assisted drug and alcohol detox
- Dual diagnosis options to get control over co-occurring mental illness alongside addiction
- A customized inpatient and/or outpatient treatment plan
- Follow-up with an aftercare plan that includes connections to sober living homes and support groups including Alcoholics Anonymous
Whether you are suffering from cocaine addiction, a gambling addiction, an alcohol addiction or any other substance abuse disorder, we can help. Call Serenity Oaks rehab centers today at (833) 720-0708. for insurance verification, and to learn more about our holistic approach to our addiction treatments.