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What Is Holistic Addiction Therapy?

Addressing the Whole Disease  

When people think of addiction treatment, they often think of a group of people sitting around in a circle at meeting or an individual being psychoanalyzed by a counselor. While meetings and psychotherapy are a major part of addiction treatment, they are only the tip of the iceberg. The word “holistic” means addressing the whole of something. Addiction is a complex disease. There is not only one cause; therefore, there cannot be one type of treatment. Addiction is a physiological, psychological, social, and family disease. Holistic treatment addresses all of these components to ensure the best chances of recovery. 

What Does Holistic Addiction Treatment Look Like? 

Holistic addiction treatment goes beyond the conventional detox, talk therapy, and meetings. Holistic addiction treatment includes nutrition, teaching life skills, experiential therapy (e.g. art and music therapy), and family therapy. Many people wonder, “What do trips to the beach and horseback riding have to with getting off drugs and alcohol?”. The answer is a lot. 

Examples of holistic treatment for the physiological component of the disease is making balanced meals, yoga/meditation, chiropractic care, and bio sound therapy to help the body detox and increase dopamine levels. Examples of holistic treatment for the psychological component is psychodrama therapy, art therapy, adventure therapy, equine therapy, and writing therapy to help clients express repressed thoughts and feelings. Examples of holistic treatment for the social component of addiction is fun group activities (e.g. snorkeling, cooking, sports, going to movies, etc.) to teach the clients that making friends and having fun is possible as sober person and introduce clients to hobbies that can occupy their time. Examples of holistic treatment for the family component is family therapy sessions, workshops, and informing the family members of the resources that are available to them. 

The Benefits of Holistic Addiction Treatment

The benefits of treating alcohol use disorder and other substance use disorders holistically include: 

  • Better Preparation for Living on the Outside World as a Sober Person 

Holistic treatment provides the tools (e.g. cooking, cleaning, having sober fun, managing stress, etc.) to function on the outside world as a sober person. Holistic treatment centers often provide apartment-style living quarters to teach the clients how to manage living on their own. 

  • Improved Optimal Health 

Prolonged alcohol use disorder and other substance use puts a damper on both physical, mental, and social health. The various therapies help a person learn to live, think, and socialize healthy again. 

  • More Positive Attitudes About Recovery 

Since holistic therapies are fun, clients see that recovery is not boring or a spartan lifestyle. Instead, they view recovery is a life full of possibility and freedom. 

  • Reduce Risk of Relapse 

Since clients have a positive attitude about recovery and the tools to manage their new lives, they are less likely to relapse.

Holistic Addiction Treatment in San Diego California

If you or a loved one is suffering from the disease of addiction, a holistic approach to treatment is vital for long-term success. Pure Life Recovery creates individualized holistic plans for each individual client that comes to us. Please call one of our addiction specialists today for a free consultation: 949-344-2863.

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