Holistic Drug Rehab: Healing the Mind, Body and Spirit
Holistic drug rehab focuses on healing the mind, body, and spirit from the damages of addiction. Holistic rehab offers a significantly different treatment than we’ve traditionally experienced. It adds yet another powerful approach to a diverse array of effective options for those who need help treating substance abuse.
Many ask if a holistic rehab is the right choice, and it’s a good question. People are not always that familiar with rehab of any sort, particularly a rehab center that uses holistic methods.
Everyone will have to make that decision for themselves, of course, and it helps immensely to do some research and talk with people who understand holistic addiction treatment. Not every person who has a substance abuse problem is the same, although they share the same illness with countless others. Similarly, not every rehab is the same and not every treatment approach is right for everyone.
Traditionally, many addiction treatment programs have been based upon the principles of the 12-step program of AA (Alcoholics Anonymous). AA and rehab programs using its principles have helped countless people recover. However, many others have not been able to successfully maintain recovery using this approach. Still others have left treatment early, or avoided treatment altogether, not feeling comfortable with these principles.
Holistic programs offer a different perspective, causing people to often call them non 12-step programs. This is not to dismiss the value of the 12 steps, but rather indicates that they operate with different core principles. In fact, a holistic rehab incorporates rather than excludes potentially helpful options and resources. It is common, for example, for participants in a holistic rehab program to be educated about the 12 steps and encouraged to participate if they think that such groups may be helpful.
Some significant differences between traditional substance treatment and holistic addiction treatment are perspectives about the addictive process itself and what happens when treatment is successful. For example, traditional programs have considered addiction an incurable disease that can only be managed in remission.
Meanwhile, holistic programs are open to the notion that an addiction can be completely resolved. Traditionally, those abstaining from substance use refer to themselves as in recovery or recovering. This indicates that the illness is still present even when no symptoms of it occur. Holistic approaches often use the term recovered to indicate that people have had illnesses in the past that are no longer continuing.
A holistic rehab seeks to treat the body, mind, and spirit simultaneously. Therefore, it uses a variety of techniques and methods in every stage of treatment.
A holistic philosophy of health embraces the importance of the physical body, emotions, thoughts, beliefs, interactions, social environment, behavioral choices, and spirituality. It views the different realms of our lives as integrated, so we cannot entirely separate one from another. All need attention in daily life and all especially need attention when recovering from an illness.
Many holistic services are typically called alternative practices and refer to more natural approaches to establishing and maintaining health. Such practices can be incorporated into one’s lifestyle after treatment. They include
- Art and music therapy
- Nutrition education
The types of drug addiction treatment offered at rehab centers differ from one client to another. It is even more varied when it comes a co-occurring disorder or a dual diagnosis, which are disorders that include both substance abuse and mental illness. However, dual treatment rehab facilities often have a structured rehab process that is universal. Below is a look at what to expect when seeking treatment at a dual diagnosis treatment center:
Intake is the first process of any drug and alcohol rehab program. Simply speaking, it is an interview process that aims to make sure that you or your loved one is fit for the rehab facility. Likewise, it also gives you and your loved one a chance to decide fully whether the facility is the rig fit for you. During this time you will meet with a counselor and medical professional to go over your history of substance abuse. You will also be asked to do a physical so the team can properly assess you for detox protocol.
Detoxification, or detox, is the next stage of treatment in a holistic drug rehab. It involves removing all traces of alcohol and drugs from the body of the client. Holistic offers a nonmedical detox if the clients wish, but if there are life-threatening symptoms from withdrawing from drugs or alcohol, medical intervention may be necessary.
Once the detox process starts, medical professionals monitor clients for withdrawal symptoms. If withdrawal symptoms are severe, medication is prescribed to help with stabilization. During detox, clients are not typically required to participate in group activities or other aspects of treatment. The main goal is to rest and allow drugs and alcohol to leave the body.
Once a mental evaluation has been conducted and detox is complete, clients can participate in treatment. Treatment processes vary depending on the facilities and the clients. The best rehab centers offer flexible treatment styles to meet their clients’ needs. The following are primary addiction treatments offered at our centers:
- Dual diagnosis addiction treatment
- Faith-based addiction treatment
- 12-step addiction treatment
- SMART Recovery program
- Non 12-step addiction treatment
Aside from treatment style options, there are many therapies that help addicts address underlying issues. One-on-one counseling, group therapy, life skills lessons, family therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and many more.
The treatment you choose is important and can make or break your ability to stay sober after therapy. For more information on which options are best available for your situation, call us at any time.
Recovering from drug addiction is a long process, and it does not end with rehabilitation. Once clients have undergone treatment in holistic rehab centers, they return to their normal lives. But doing so also increases the risks of relapse. It is thus important to offer aftercare treatment options to reduce the risk of relapsing.
Rehab facilities that offer holistic options may include these options in their aftercare suggestions:
- Outpatient programs in the client’s community to continue treatment.
- Therapy and counseling options in the client’s community that work with his or her insurance plan.
- Psychiatry treatment to treat identified mental disorder(s).
- Sober support groups in the client’s community, such as AA or NA.
- Holistic therapies in the community such as yoga, meditation, massage acupuncture, art therapy classes, and more.
Treatment is an investment in yourself, your future, your family’s well-being, and your family’s future, but the costs can seem daunting. But you have several options for financing an addiction treatment stay, no matter what type of rehab you choose. Funding addiction treatment is a challenge for many of us, but addiction treatment is not a luxury service available only to a few. Treatment can be financially manageable due to a variety of resources and options.
Insurance for Holistic Drug Rehab
If you have insurance coverage, you will need to check for the exact coverage you have. For example, you may be covered for a portion of the costs, or for a certain length of stay.
You can determine your coverage by contacting your insurance company directly or by allowing us to do that for you. Information from your insurance company may clarify what they will pay and under what conditions. This does not mean that you can choose any program and expect your insurance to pay, but it can help you understand your coverage. Finding a program that accepts your insurance policy is the next step, a step that can put you on the path to lifelong recovery.