holistic treatment for addiction

How Holistic Treatment Therapies Help Encourage Long-Term Sobriety

Dr. Norris Von Curl, II, MD

Dr. Norris Von Curl, II, MD

When someone is in active addiction the process of getting clean and sober can be daunting. Once someone has made the decision to get clean/sober they must take action to begin working on a new life. In early recovery thinking about long term sobriety can be overwhelming; having 10 days clean then thinking about having 10 YEARS clean can cause some to get nervous and lose motivation. Holistic treatment therapy can help make the transition from early recovery to long-term recovery less stressful and much easier

Holistic treatment therapy can be of great assistance throughout all stages of recovery. It is important that one meets with a professional prior to practicing and using the benefits of holistic treatment therapy. They will help teach you and guide you to make sure you are getting the most out of the work you put into your holistic treatment therapy. A big part of holistic treatment therapy is finding solitude and peace with nature, finding a natural serene and safe area can do wonders in improving the effectiveness of holistic treatment therapy. Recent studies have been done to prove the effectiveness of holistic treatment therapy and how it can encourage long term sobriety.

What Exactly is Holistic Treatment Therapy?

woman undergoing holistic therapy

Holistic treatment has been around for many years, over the past two decades it has become more widely used throughout drug and alcohol rehab centers. There are various different forms and methods that are applied and used in holistic treatment therapy. Holistic therapy and holistic medicine is a form of healing that is designed to help the body, mind, spirit, and emotions. When someone is practicing holistic therapy they’re trying to gain optimal health, awareness, and wellness. With proper techniques and guidelines one can achieve optimal mental health and gain a proper balance in life.

A therapist or any professional that practices and teaches holistic therapy believe that a person is built from independent parts. If one of those parts is not working correctly it will cause a domino effect that will affect all other parts. When someone has an imbalance whether it be physical, emotional, or spiritual, it can negatively impact their lives in multiple ways.

Another basis of holistic treatment therapy is that love and support are some of the strongest forms of healing in the world. The health of the person is up to that person, with the help of others and their unconditional love their chances of healing are much greater. Holistic treatment therapy can include things like exercise, a healthy diet, an exercise routine, meditation and spiritual counseling.

“The holistic concept in medical practice, which is distinct from the concept in the alternative medicine, upholds that all aspects of people’s needs including psychological, physical and social should be taken into account and seen as a whole. A 2007 study said the concept was alive and well in general medicine in Sweden.

Some practitioners of holistic medicine use alternative medicine exclusively, though sometimes holistic treatment can mean simply that a physician takes account of all a person’s circumstances in giving treatment. Sometimes when alternative medicine is mixed with mainstream medicine the result is called “holistic” medicine, though this is more commonly termed integrative medicine

According to the American Holistic Medical Association it is believed that the spiritual element should also be taken into account when assessing a person’s overall well-being.”

How Can Holistic Treatment Therapy Benefit Someone in Recovery?

As mentioned above, holistic treatment therapy is about bettering a person’s health in every way. When someone enters early recovery they are often beaten down both physically and mentally. By applying some of the principles and techniques of holistic treatment therapy they will start to grow and heal. By practicing meditation, they will begin to find a new level of mental peace that they may have not felt for some time. Meditation will help reduce stress, help with time management and ontop of other natural benefits it is a great sleep aid. By following an exercise routine, one will become more healthy both physically and mentally. Acupuncture has been proven to help with stress and pain in addition to other things. A healthy diet can give natural energy, help with digestion and with sleep. Using aromatherapy and herbs to help calm nerves instead of a drink or a drug, enjoying nature and being comfortable with one’s self are also teaching in holistic therapy. When one or more are combined the benefits are obvious.

In early recovery and throughout one’s lifetime applying these teachings can help- one gain a simpler and less stressful life. Stress can lead to relapse so keeping it low is extremely beneficial. By gaining a healthier mind and body one will feel better on a day to day basis, those rough days won’t seem as bad; those good days will be even better.

Anyone who enters recovery has the same goal, to live a long and happy life free from the deadly grip of drugs and alcohol. Holistic treatment therapy will help one achieve their long-term goals much easier than previously thought.

Are You or a Loved One Struggling?

Holistic treatment therapy is nothing new, if you or a loved one are struggling then maybe holistic treatment therapy is the right choice for you. At First Steps Recovery, we never give up on residents. If you feel you are at risk of recurrent relapsing, contact us today so we can help you create a diversion plan that will fortify your recovery and help you to sustain your sobriety long-term.Please call us today if you or a loved one are struggling, 1-844-BIG-STEP (1-844-489-0836).

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