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What Are the Benefits of Holistic Addiction Treatment?

With so many treatment options available today, individuals with alcohol and drug addictions are better able to find rehabilitation centers that offer programs to address their unique, individual recovery needs. However, the versatility of these recovery programs hasn’t made them immune to criticism. Some believe that alcohol and drug rehab centers have a tendency to overlook essential components of the recovery process.

Going to rehab helps people get sober and address the issues that led to their addictions, but many recovering addicts need more than just counseling and group therapy to find meaning and purpose in sobriety. Many rehabs shy away from addressing issues that are most closely associated with spirituality, a misunderstood concept that references a person’s source of inner peace and fulfillment and the feeling of being connected with the universe. In practice, however, people can derive meaning and fulfillment from their spirituality, which has historically been associated with 12-Step support groups but is often absent from clinical programs. Where is the middle ground? 

The answer you’re looking for could be holistic treatment. A holistic approach to addiction treatment basically means the mind, body, and spirit are all being treated. In practice, holistic care seeks to restore a patient to a state of complete health rather than merely treating his or her symptoms; therefore, a patient’s treatment regimen might include a much broader variety of treatments—like massage and chiropractic therapies, acupuncture and acupressure, yoga, and meditation, among others—in addition to more traditional methods of care.

But what are the benefits to this approach for addiction treatment? We’ll list just a few benefits you or a loved one can experience when receiving holistic treatment below.

Offers A Whole-Person Approach

Holistic rehab programs follow the belief that treating the mind, body, and spirit is essential to helping a person achieve lasting recovery from addiction. This is often referred to as a ‘whole-person approach’.

This type of treatment approach allows patients to explore the various ways their substance use affected them, from the physical strain on their body, to its effect on how they view themselves and the world. Holistic treatments also challenge patients to look within themselves to their motivations, desires, and what they hope for themselves moving forward.

Helpful for Stress Relief

Many holistic treatments can be beneficial in offering a natural and effective strategy for relieving stress, which can be useful for preventing relapse. Stress is a common trigger for people who abuse substances, and finding effective ways to relieve this can for some become the difference between returning to drug use and maintaining their sobriety.

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), holistic treatments that have shown to be effective for short and long-term stress relief include acupuncture, meditation, and yoga among others.

Reduced Risk for Relapse And Long-Term Benefits

Holistic therapies like mindfulness and meditation practice have shown to provide lasting benefit for many issues commonly experienced by those with substance use disorders.

In one 2014 study, for instance, two groups of people overcoming drug or alcohol abuse were followed over a 12-month period to assess the effectiveness of mindfulness practice for relapse prevention. One group participated in mindfulness and meditation groups alongside traditional treatments like counseling, while the other group only participated in the traditional treatments.

At both the six and 12-month follow-ups, the group that participated in mindfulness-based relapse prevention (MBRP) reported significantly fewer days of drinking or using drugs compared to the traditional-treatment-only group. This shows that holistic therapies, when used in conjunction with traditional treatments, may often be more effective for preventing relapse over the long-term.

Other potential long-term benefits of common holistic treatments include:

  • Improved sleep
  • Healthy eating habits
  • Establishing a healthy exercise regime
  • Outlet for stress relief
  • Reduced drug or alcohol cravings

Where Your Child Can Seek Help for Addiction

If you or a loved one has realized they finally need to seek addiction treatment, or you need some help to persuade them, give Shadow Mountain Recovery a call today. We have experienced staff that can help combat addiction to any drug, and we specialize in holistic treatment to treat the mind, body, and spirit.

If you or a loved one needs an individualized treatment plan to help with meth addiction, call Shadow Mountain Recovery today: (800) 203-8249