What are the benefits of holistic addiction treatment?

Holistic addiction treatment takes into account the many facets of a person's life. It not only addresses the addiction itself, but also includes the spiritual, creative, emotional, and social areas of one's life. In fact, both the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) recognize the importance of living holistically and taking one's overall well being in consideration when in recovery. One of NIDA's 13 principles of successful recovery placed an emphasis on treatment that is holistic:

Drug and alcohol treatment that is effective addresses not just the addiction alone.; it must address the medical, psychological, social, vocational, and legal issues as well. Treatment must be holistic in nature.

Holistic practices might be included in treatment are yoga, meditation, spiritual self-expression, inspirational reading, nutrition counseling, and development of life skills. A holistic addiction treatment center might also have a culinary artist on board who prepares healthy and organic meals and who is able to make special dietary considerations for their residents. Holistic activities help to promote physical well being, a healthy self-image, productive coping mechanisms, and psychological health. When these are combined with the right rehabilitative environment for living substance-free, they can create lasting change.

CEO, Lakehouse Recovery Center

Holistic addiction treatment can be applied throughout the entire process of recovery or relapse prevention and may consist of the following:

  • Helping to decrease stress
  • Improving mental health
  • Improving physical health and well-being
  • Achieving a degree of balance.
Furthermore, holistic approaches to addiction treatment can employ healing methods that offer both important short-term and long-term benefits related to withdrawal and relapse prevention for the recovering individual. These methods can help to decrease tension, anxiety, depression, insomnia as well as improve an individual’s overall well-being and help to positively alter a person's behavior.

Abimbola Farinde, Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor
Private Practice

If you or someone you know is seeking help from addiction, please visit our directory of treatment centers or call 800-772-8219 to to start the path to recovery today.

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