Holistic Addiction Treatment

You’ve decided you or a loved one need to receive addiction treatment at a rehab center. Maybe you or your loved one experienced abuse as a child and used drugs or alcohol to help cope with their pain, or drugs or alcohol are being used to help numb the pain of a mental illness.

Making the decision to seek addiction treatment at a rehab center is huge, and comes with many questions. You may be wondering what type of treatment you’ll be receiving. Although every person is different and treatment is individualized, here are a few things you can expect at our rehab center when receiving holistic treatment.

What Can You Expect When Seeking Addiction Treatment? Is Holistic Treatment for You?

The idea of holistic treatment may sound appealing to you, but you might be wondering what this type of treatment entails, and what programs are available to you or a loved one. This list below will explain the different kinds of programs you can expect to discover at a holistic rehab.

    To provide individualized, medically, and therapeutically appropriate treatment, patients and therapists have to explore the deeper reasons for the substance use. An accurate assessment is critical to establishing an understanding of the client’s condition, past treatment experiences, physical health, mental state and other relevant factors.
    We use FDA-approved medications in conjunction with evidence-based therapies for MAT. The SAMHSA determined medication-assisted treatment is an effective way to treat addiction as it may even assist recovering users to remain in treatment for longer periods of time. This helps extend over all phases of sobriety and paves the way for a triumphant recovery.

This grouping of therapies is referred to as Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) and is frequently integrated into the treatment for alcohol and opioid substance use disorders at our rehab center.

    This form of therapy fully encourages patients to explore various other outlets, especially those that are physical—weightlifting, sports, etc.—to assist patients in coping with the multiple changes that they will be going through during their addiction treatment.

Various studies have reported that complementary therapies, like music and exercise, are beneficial to treating addiction to drugs and alcohol. In some cases, activity-based therapy has been shown to reduce the risk of relapse.

    Making an effort to focus on fresh foods as opposed to processed foods will make a significant difference. In addition, there are certain foods that some individuals will find helpful in reducing their cravings. Patients will learn skills and strategies that they can take with them out of rehab and use with their meal planning at home. Eating a well-balanced diet will help improve cell function, boost the immune system, repair muscles and tissues, enhance mood, and simply increase well-being.

Throughout the recovery process, patients will begin to notice changes in their appetite and how eating properly makes them feel better. It will take time for the body to recover and even repair itself, but eating healthier can make all the differences—and it can also be a motivating stepping stone to help patients start with a clean slate in the next chapter of their life.

    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a short-range, goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment focusing on a practical, hands-on approach to problem solving. The goal of this particular form of therapy is to alter patterns of behavior and the thinking that is behind an individual’s difficulties. Ideally, this also alters the way that the individual feels. The therapy is utilized to help treat various issues, including relationship problems, sleeping difficulties, anxiety, depression and alcohol or drug abuse. CBT is designed to alter an individual’s behavior and attitudes by focusing on their beliefs, thoughts, attitudes and images. All these relate to the way an individual behaves about dealing with emotional issues.


Each rehabilitation program employs different therapeutic styles including holistic methods to treat substance use disorder. Holistic alcohol and drug rehab programs are designed to teach patients how to protect the health of the mind, body and spirit. These types of rehab programs create a focus on therapeutic healing of all three of these areas to help individuals stop using alcohol or drugs.

These programs are considered alternative forms of treatment because they do not follow the standard models that focus on 12-step programs, psychotherapy, or other types of support groups. As an alternative, holistic rehab centers emphasize the concentration of the person—healing individuals from addiction through the mind-body-spirit connection. There are even some traditional treatment facilities for addiction that will incorporate holistic methods.

Why Choose Holistic Rehab?

There are endless reasons why individuals turn to alcohol and drugs. Some people attempt to self-medicate physical problems like back pain, some will attempt to numb feelings of pain related to spiritual emptiness, and others may attempt to self-medicate many underlying mental health problems.

Many people who struggle with any type of substance abuse may not be aware of the area(s) of health that they are attempting to control with their behavior. For that reason, a program that centers on improving and sustaining all three of the previously mentioned areas of health ultimately has the best possible chance of addressing the problem area so individuals can become clean and remain sober.

The philosophy behind holistic programs is that all three areas of health (mind, body and spirit) are treated. This means that if there is disease in one area, it will negatively affect the other two areas. A holistic rehab program strives to heal all three areas so that an individual can remain sober even after all primary issues that influence substance abuse are successfully resolved.

Benefits of Holistic Addiction Rehab Programs

Nearly everyone can benefit from a holistic addiction rehab program. The one and only requirement with this type of program is that you are willing to achieve sobriety.

Most holistic addiction rehab programs offer similar treatment options as traditional programs, but they also offer additional benefits. For instance, like traditional programs, holistic ones have available trained therapists who can offer individual and group therapy sessions as well as on-site daily support groups.

Certain features may be different in a holistic rehab center. For instance, the detox process will often not include medications to alleviate uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms.

Additionally, holistic rehab programs may focus on the following:

  • Physical Activities
    • For example: swimming, biking, mountain climbing, hiking
  • All-Natural and Organic Meal Plans
    • This boosts physical health and addresses nutritional deficiencies due to addiction.
  • Complementary Therapy
    • For example: acupuncture and massage
  • Meditation Exercise Sessions
    • For example: tai chi, yoga, prayer sessions
  • Alternative Forms of Psychotherapy
    • For example: music, art, animal-assisted therapy
  • Scenic Locations
    • For example: the ocean, lake, or in the mountains

How to Know If You Should an Seek Addiction Treatment Program

In some cases, it may be easier to tell that you have an addiction by examining your behaviors. Here is a look at some common behavioral signs of addiction. These may include:

  • Developing a tolerance for how much substance is used
  • Feeling as if you want to stop using but aren’t able to
  • Going to several doctors to get prescriptions (aka doctor shopping)
  • Spending a significant amount of time thinking about the abused substance
  • Being unable to quit using despite having medical issues
  • Using more frequently than you mean to
  • Having issues maintaining responsibilities
  • Losing interest in favorite activities
  • Being informed you have an addiction and require alcohol or drug rehabilitation
  • Borrowing or stealing money to pay for alcohol or drugs
  • Spending time with individuals who use or abuse substances
  • Keeping your substance abuse a secret

If these behaviors sound like something you do, then there is the possibility that you do have an addiction and need to seek help at a rehab center.

What You Should Consider When Seeking Holistic Addiction Treatment vs Conventional Rehab Treatment

When it comes to evaluating a rehab center or program, it is important to ensure that the program is fitting for you as an individual. Some questions that you need to take into consideration when evaluating a holistic rehab include the following:

What types of treatment options are available?

You always want to make sure that there is an assortment of treatment options available because treatments are not one-size-fits-all. An addiction rehab center should modify treatment to your needs. Find out what kinds of therapy and other types of activities are offered, and note if the activities are mandatory. Some facilities will permit you to opt out of non-traditional activities or meditation if you prefer. Ask about the success rate and scientific background of the treatments implemented.

How long will the program last?

An addiction rehab center should offer treatments for different lengths of time since each person will require a different length of time for recovery. Many people make considerable progress with a 30- or 60-day rehab program, though others may need a longer program. Ideally, you should learn if it is possible to begin a short-term program and have your stay extended if possible. Outcomes of treatment are typically better if a person gets more than 30-45 days of effective treatment.

How much will the program cost?

Get a written list of the program costs so you can effectively compare a few programs. Determine if it is possible to save money by choosing not to participate in activities in which you have no interest. There are some rehab facilities that offer treatment on a sliding scale, accept health insurance, or will simply work with you by offering a payment plan. Remember, no one wants to keep you from getting the help you need due to financial barriers!

Where exactly is the program located?

It is important that you find out exactly where the program will be located so you know how far it will be from your home. Plus, it helps know the program’s setting. If the addiction treatment center is further from your home than you would like, you need to weigh the pros and cons of the travel costs and the distance against the benefits of the holistic addiction rehab treatment program. If you have a strong support group at home and in your community, then a local facility may be satisfactory for you. Otherwise, it may be worth the distance and the costs.

What are the staff’s credentials?

All staff at an addiction rehab center should be extensively trained, experienced with substance use disorders, and have a solid understanding of how to properly treat these problems. Additionally, ask about the staff-to-patient ratio as you want to ensure there is plenty of staff so that you will get individual attention.

Is the facility properly accredited?

There is an accreditation body in every state that oversees substance use disorder treatment facilities. Take the time to ask if the facility that you are thinking about is accredited and is in full compliance with federal and state regulations. Reputable centers will generally seek accreditation from national programs like the Joint Commission [previously known as the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO)] or the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

What type of follow-up care is offered?

A facility that offers a top-notch program should offer some type of aftercare program to ensure that you remain sober after the treatment program is complete. Generally, they will provide you with information on sober living, support groups and various other types of continued therapy. Some will even help you gain access to these resources.

How to Choose the Right Addiction Treatment and Therapy Program For You

Addiction rehab centers are broadly available, and they vary in their treatment methods. The most integral part of selecting a rehab program is making sure it adapts the treatment to your individual needs.

Keep in mind if you have previously participated in a program and relapsed later on, it does not mean that you failed in some way. It simply means you need to take a different approach to treatment. A holistic addiction rehab program may be exactly the different approach you need to obtain continued sobriety.

Once you locate a few addiction treatment centers you are interested in, taking the time to visit each of the facilities in person. Speak to the staff members and take a tour of the facilities. Listen to your gut on how you feel about each of the facilities as well as ensuring to get the answers to all the questions listed above.

Finally, call and talk to an admissions counselor who can help you determine your individual needs and assist in choosing the best program for you.

Will Insurance Pay for Holistic Rehab and Addiction Treatment?

As many of the treatment modalities used in a holistic rehab program are considered complementary or alternative medicine, only certain insurance companies will recognize their legitimacy and provide reimbursement for them.

For many, as such, the biggest downside to seeking a holistic recovery program is a financial one. Some patients might have to pay an equal sum of money out of their own pocket if they are determined to undergo holistic treatment but, for many, it's well worth it. The cost of inpatient treatment tends to go between $200 and $900 per day. Outpatient services cost around $100 to $500 per treatment session. These costs vary by the duration and frequency of treatment, as well as program specifics like location and level of luxury.

Licensing for practitioners of many therapies is another issue to consider. Acupuncturists carry their own recognized set of licenses and accreditation, however many other practitioners do not fall under any federal licensing jurisdiction or scrutiny. On an individual state basis, some form or registration or quality of care indicators are mandated, but it is not universal. For these reasons, and to ensure that the highest level of quality care will be administered, it would be in one's best interest to do some investigating of the training and background of the health care providers that you are bound to encounter at specific holistic rehabs.

Before making a decision about whether to choose holistic rehab, it can help get word-of-mouth recommendations, check the practitioner's track record, and ask any questions you have about the practitioner's qualifications and methods used.

A Holistic Approach to Substance Abuse and Therapy: Our Rehab Centers

We have multiple locations in New Mexico that can offer holistic treatment services to you or a loved one:

Taos Recovery Center

Taos Recovery Center is a unique residential rehab facility built around healing and rebuilding the family set in the gorgeous Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

Our patients participate in either a 12-Step Program with added psychotherapy, or a 12-Step Alternative program, depending on their personal needs, each designed to promote lasting recovery.

Albuquerque Recovery Center

Our recovery center in Albuquerque offers individualized, evidence-based addiction treatment with full-service detox and in-patient treatment.

If you believe you are ready to begin your journey to recovery with a mind-body-spirit connection, contact us at Shadow Mountain Recovery.

Don’t wait another day to get the help you or a loved one needs. Call us now.