As human beings, there are so many different aspects that define us – including our family histories, our physical health status, our personality and more. All of these factors have contributed to who we are today – and because so many components are part of our deep-rooted being, they should always be considered when navigating addiction recovery. Addiction doesn’t just come up “out of the blue” – it often coincides along with stress, real-life situations and more. When we make addiction the one and only priority to focus on in recovery, we’re likely looking over some other much-needed aspects of ourselves that need healing.
In the United States, traditional medicine has been the main approach towards recovery, and it’s obvious that things like medication are much-needed and are great at times for helping treat a variety of serious issues such as injuries, health conditions, detoxification, withdrawal symptoms, mental health issues, recovery maintenance and more. What we’ve come to find, however, is that there is another side to the coin; this notion of mind, body, and spirit has really taken effect in the form of holistic treatment (also known as alternative treatment) and has helped millions of people around the world find what works for them. Forms of holistic treatment modalities may exercise, yoga, art therapy, nutrition management, meditation, neurofeedback, acupuncture, and more.
While the traditional focus primarily on the physical, the holistic approach comprehends the mental, physical and spiritual components of a person altogether that can be treated for optimum healing. Considered a very caring approach, holistic treatment gets to know each person on a very individual level so that their treatment is more customized depending on their wants/needs. Minor areas of life such as relationships, work endeavors, day-to-day issues and more can seem small overall – but they add up and create huge waves in daily life, and that’s what holistic care is aimed at helping. In addition to these facets of life, those who co-occurring disorders (2 disorders occurring at the same time) will find that treatment is more helpful because of the many ways that disorders can combine in symptoms and in daily life effects. Some of the most common co-occurring disorders are:
- Anxiety and cocaine addiction
- Opioid substance abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Marijuana and schizophrenia
- Alcoholism and antisocial personality disorder
- And more
Around 70% of adults in the United States have battled with trauma and some point in their lives, and even those who experience PTSD in recovery can benefit from holistic practices. The aftermath of trauma can leave physical and/or psychological wounds for many years to come, and it can become truly difficult for people in addiction recovery to move past the physical and psychological wounds associated with these traumatic events. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a disorder that can make day-to-day life incredibly challenging and may involve symptoms such as emotional numbness, flashbacks, paranoia, nightmares, difficulty concentrating and more – but with the combination of holistic treatment and traditional treatment, a person is more likely to flourish.
By integrating both traditional and holistic forms of treatment, there becomes a lot more opportunity for growth and healing in addiction recovery. When a program is customized, a client is more likely to follow through with their recovery goals because they’ve become personally invested into their own treatment plan – and personalized programs also serve as a very strong foundation for individuals to experience amazing treatment outcomes.
While holistic practices may seem a little non-conventional compared to others, it’s become incredibly popular for healing – and that does not mean that traditional medicine is not used altogether. In many cases, practitioners may provide medication but will also aim to explore deeper into the issue to determine what else is out of balance for someone. Some alternative forms of treatment that may become incorporated into a person’s wellness plan are nutrition management, exercise, homeopathy, prayer, acupuncture, and meditation. Alongside these beautiful outlets for treatment, doctors may also recommend things such as massage therapy, chiropractic services and more.
Holistic methods may sometimes be combined in a variety of settings, such as in a doctor’s or dentist’s office, a yoga center, meditation retreats, therapy and more. In addiction recovery, holistic practices all too often help a person discover more of who they are and what works for them – and it’s a truly empowering experience.
Each person should determine which form of treatment works best for them. However, if you are looking for an approach that is guided by all aspects of life and seeking treatment in the form of both medicine and mind, body, and spirit this form of treatment could be very beneficial to you. The goal of holistic medicine is to keep an open mind and heart to trying different methods for healing and transformation.
If you’re ready to take that first step towards your recovery, speak with a professional from True Recovery today. Not only should treatment be comprehensive, but it should be customizable to meet your needs. For more information on recovery and anyone seeking help with mental health challenges, addiction, and substance use problems, please call True Recovery at (844) 744-8783
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