Understanding how it works
If you are new to the world of complementary medicine, you might be interested in knowing why this method has been reputed to work so well in treating a variety of physical and mental health conditions. Holistic therapy places emphasis on the individual’s general wellbeing while treating physical symptoms associated with addiction and withdrawal.
In holistic therapy, the various systems making up your body are considered parts of a whole and not as separate unrelated entities. Holistic therapy seeks to harmonize your mind, body, and spirit while promoting your overall health. This explains why this approach has been so successful.
At Recreate Life Counseling, our holistic recovery program offers the following therapy approaches:
- Yoga classes
- Mindfulness Meditation
- Art therapy
This therapy takes an integrated approach to address the underlying cause of your addiction. Although appearing somewhat different, all of these approaches are really similar in that they seek to show the cause of your destructive habits. With this clearly identified, it becomes easier to tailor your recovery program towards your entire being and not on your behavioral symptoms.
What are the Benefits of Holistic Therapy?
Improved long-term success rates: Research shows that addicts in recovery are better motivated to complete their treatment programs when they are satisfied with the type of treatment they are receiving. When holistic therapies such as yoga, meditation, and art are used in combination with traditional therapies like group therapy and individual counseling, the person feels more at ease and more likely to achieve long-term recovery.
A safe and comfortable environment: Rehab centers that practice holistic therapy know just how important it is for addicts to heal in a peaceful supportive environment. At Recreate Life Counseling, our facility is designed in such a way as to provide you with a safe and compassionate environment that facilitates your recovery process.
A Wider Array of Treatment Options: With holistic therapy, you have a broad spectrum of treatment options geared towards treating your entire body systems. This ensures you achieve total physical and mental wellbeing.
Enhanced wellness of body, mind, and spirit: As opposed to traditional therapy that majorly treats the physical aspect of your addiction, holistic recovery addresses the overall health of your body, mind, and spirit. Poor sleep, lack of exercise, stress, and improper nutrition can affect your health adversely. Holistic therapy helps to regulate every part of your system, promoting better mental and physical wellbeing.
Objectives of Holistic Therapy
A growing number of rehab facilities now use holistic therapy in combination with traditional inpatient and outpatient rehab programs. Among its many benefits, holistic therapy helps to identify and deal with a number of factors that have identified as contributing to substance abuse.
Holistic therapy aims to:
- Improve your physical fitness through regulated exercises
- Help you deal with your withdrawal and prevent relapse
- Improve your self-confidence
- Promote emotional balance
- Isolate the underlying cause of your addiction
- Help you control your craving for harmful substances
- Promote your spiritual wellbeing, thus making drugs less attractive
Is Holistic Therapy Effective In Treating Substance Abuse?
There isn’t a lot of empirical studies available, supporting the effectiveness of holistic therapy in treating addiction. Most of what is known come from anecdotal evidence, personal reports, and clinical observations.
Regardless of ongoing controversies surrounding their efficacy, holistic therapy has been reported to be effective when used as a complement to standard substance abuse treatment programs.
Available information shows that the people who would otherwise, have refrained from entering conventional evidence-based therapy find the holistic approach more attractive. Typically, such people are more receptive to conventional therapy and are more likely to attain lifelong recovery.
Additionally, incorporating alternative therapy into traditional addiction treatment programs have been demonstrated to better equip the addict to cope with post-acute withdrawal symptoms and maintain lasting abstinence from harmful substances. For these reasons and more, many rehab centers now use holistic practices along with traditional therapies.
What Holistic Therapy Approaches Are Available At Recreate Life Counseling?
A variety of conventional addiction treatment programs are available at Recreate Life Counseling. We also offer the following holistic therapies in our addiction treatment plans:
Yoga: Yoga involves a broad array of activities for keeping your mind and thought processes under control. With the improved presence of mind, you learn to cope with your mental stressors rather than giving in to drugs. Yoga also does much to improve your physiological response as well as decrease your stress level.
Guided Meditation: It is important to be in a clear state of mind while in recovery. Holistic therapy offers guided meditation as part of your treatment program. Being in a clear state of mind helps you stay focused on your recovery and reinforces your commitment to complete your treatment program.
Art therapy: Art therapy at Recreate Life Counseling involves learning to create art expressions using a variety of mediums such as paints, metals, glass, clay or wood. Although not directly addressing the cause of your addiction, the theme of your artwork can give therapists a clue of your emotional state of mind. In addition, learning to create artworks has been demonstrated to produce a calming and healing effect on the mind and body.