Holistic Therapy and Recovery
There are many working parts to a recovery from drugs and alcohol. After detoxing and removing the substances from your body and then going through treatment, you will begin to work on the healing process – both spiritually and physically. This phase of recovery can be challenging, since it requires introspection, evaluation, and forgiveness. One of the most important components, practiced by Treatment Alternatives, a New York drug rehabilitation, is holistic therapy.
What is holistic therapy?
Holistic therapy is a form of healing that considers the body, mind, spirit, and emotions of a person all essential to optimal health and wellness. Holistic therapy believes that gaining a proper balance in these aspects of one’s life will help them to achieve optimal health all around.
In Holistic therapy, the person is looked at as a set of interdependent parts – each part must be working at its fullest potential for the best possible outcome of the human. A physical, spiritual, or emotional imbalance in one area can offset the function of the rest; therefore, each aspect of holistic therapy should complement each other.
It is believed that the link between a person’s physical health and mental health have much to do with our psychological, emotional, social, spiritual, and environmental states. Holistic therapy is believed to be an excellent alternative to conventional medicine. Instead of jumping to apply medications to a person’s discomfort, a holistic therapy approach looks at what underlying factors are contributing; such as health, diet, sleep patterns, stress, and personal relationships. Avoiding medications helps those to learn how to naturally heal themselves, and decreases the chance of developing further addictions.
The general principles of holistic therapy are as follows:
Every person has their own innate healing powers
The patient is a person, not a disease.
Healing requires an approach directed at all aspects of life.
Treatment means fixing the cause of the issue or condition, not minimizing, or temporarily alleviating the symptoms.
The major practices of holistic therapy include: mind-body interventions, relaxation classes, biologically based therapies, massage therapy, energy therapies, and open discussion therapy. This approach aims to be safe and effective in treating addictions and building positive, long lasting life skills.
Is holistic therapy useful in addiction treatment?
Holistic therapy is helpful in addiction recovery for several reasons. At Treatment Alternatives New York drug rehabilitation, we know simply removing the drug from your possession and lecturing on its effects is not going to treat an addiction long-term. Our addiction professionals and therapists aim to discover the individual’s underlying reasons for drug and alcohol use in the first place, and we work from there. Our holistic approaches include reducing stress, setting a serene environment, and working to incorporate a healthy activity, healthy diet, and a healthy overall lifestyle for everyone.
Using the Holistic approach, the qualified mental health professionals at our facility can help each member to become better attuned to their self-awareness, which can promote other areas of their lives for a successful recovery.