Finding the right combination of medications, counseling and behavioral therapy to treat alcohol and drug addictions is critical in long term success. When choosing a treatment plan for any type of substance abuse it is very important to consider the depth of the treatment plan and recognize the need to address the body, mind and spirit connections in any substance abuse management plan.
Enter Holistic Therapy
One component in treating alcohol and drug addictions is holistic therapy. Holistic therapy’s goal is to treat every aspect of the addictive behavior or illness and this includes the whole person. A holistic approach does not use harsh directives and controlling approaches but involves the addict in their own recovery by representational techniques that allow the addict to come to their own conclusions. Once a patient realizes on all levels that they are an addict they can begin to change their thinking and behavior.
In essence, holistic medicine helps the addict to heal themselves. Drug and alcohol abusers can become less selfish in their approach to their environment and help raise thinking to a higher more selfless philosophy. Incorporate group and individual therapies that include reading assignments, writing practices and study. Learn why you are addicted. Holistic treatments also include comprehensive physical fitness programs that are calculated for each individual to address specific fitness shortages. Restoring the spirit entails assisting every addict to reconnect with self and to practice a spiritual application. This can include Yoga, meditation, Tai Chi or any quiet and meditative practice that stimulates a healing environment.
Other Possible Therapies
A different form of alternative medicine and treatment is a Chinese medicine treatment that has been practiced for thousands of years. Acupuncture can help a recovering addict by inserting fine needles at specific meridian points. Acupuncture is very successful in managing withdrawal symptoms in those addicted to opiates. Acupuncture may require meditation therapies and the addict must learn the desire to stop the addictive behavior. Acupuncture demands belief and a desire to want to stop using.
Other natural and alternative therapies that have proven successful in some cases are drum therapies or drumming in a group. This does sound a bit strange, but percussion treatments produce physical and mental stimulation that benefits the recovery process. Some therapists stress that “drumming out drugs” helps with social unity, emotional regeneration and increased awareness and self-esteem.
Encourage outdoor therapy to take addicts out of their customary activities and normal drug environments. Engage them in the geographical world by employing wilderness programs that lead challenging adventures to motivate the healing possibilities of group activities. These programs focus on survival and healing, working in a group for a common goal, and functioning with others. Outdoor activities also have the added benefit of not allowing drugs or alcohol on the premises and helping the addict to avoid dwelling on withdrawal difficulties. Included in outdoor therapy is gardening which is highly relaxing, lowers tensions and encourages empathy. Gardening has proven to be valuable in long-term rehabilitation centers and in prisons. Gardening is therapeutic in encouraging long-term thinking, planning, and exercising.
What ever therapy you choose, just know that your doing it to better yourself. Living clean and sober brings on wonders that you thought were only there when you were under the influence of a substance. Contact Us Today to start on your road to recovery.