Holistic Therapy

Holistic Therapy

What is Holistic Therapy?

‘’Holistic’’ comes from the Greek word ‘’Holos’’ meaning ‘’The Whole’’. It is a term used for a school of thought in therapy that tries to address a person as a whole. It attempts to address a person according to his spirit, mind and body. Holistic therapy includes a set of non-medicinal recovery methods which are employed to complement traditional treatment practices. Addiction Rehab Centers offer holistic therapy, to help people overcome their addiction by using meditation, nutrition and exercise. Some of the different practices offered by holistic therapy to overcome addiction are mentioned below:

Currently, there are many 12-step programs helping the addicts recover from a number of addictions including:

  • Counselling
  • Yoga
  • Proper nutrition
  • Acupuncture
  • Tai chi
  • Massage therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Spiritual therapy
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Family therapy
  • Guided imagery
  • Guided meditation
  • Routine exercise
  • Anxiety management
  • Walk

How does Holistic Therapy work?

The first and foremost requirement of holistic treatment is that the therapist knows the patient very well. Sometimes, the trust needs to be built from scratch before the therapist is able to get authentic information about what is the problem with the patient. When trust is developed between the therapist and addict, he can talk to him openly without the fear of being judged. During the therapy that usually involves psychotherapy and referred to as talk therapy, the therapist asks questions regarding the childhood of the addict, family members, past trauma, relationships, and any other thing that might give some clues about the person’s problem.

Once the therapist gets to know the patient and his mental condition, he can suggest the best course of treatment for him. This therapy often requires significant input from the patient so that the therapist can give his best output. After this, the patient is guided to choose the best treatment course for himself. This is done by teaching the client to use the technique of mindfulness. Mindfulness is not introduced to everyone. The decision to introduce mindfulness depends on the factors like gender of the patient, more women, compared to men, engage themselves in mindfulness practices.

Holistic Therapy for Addiction Treatment:

For the treatment of addiction, holistic therapy is being used since a long time. Holistic therapy practices use non-medicinal and personalized methods for addiction recovery. The holistic therapists deal with both the mental and physical addiction symptoms. They also treat emotional and nutritional imbalances without the use of medicines.

Lack of sleep, emotional stress and poor diet are some of the hurdles in the process of recovery which holistic therapy helps to treat. Holistic therapy plans are not rigid; they are flexible, dealing with the needs of each individual separately.

Following are the main objectives of holistic therapy:

  1. To identify underlying causes of addiction.
  2. To promote physical fitness.
  3. To reduce the appeal of drugs and alcohol abuse.
  4. To Strengthen the resistance to cravings.
  5. To Increase self-confidence of the patient.

Types of Holistic Addiction Therapies:

Holistic addiction therapy includes different types of therapeutic techniques. Some of them are mentioned below:

  • Meditation: Guided meditation is an essential component of most of the holistic treatment programs. The recovering addicts must have a clear mind if they want to overcome their addiction. Addiction Rehab Centers also offer ‘’yoga’’ as a meditative practice. Yoga aids the patients in increasing focus and clarity of their mind. Meditation also helps relax their mind and body.
  • Nutritional Therapy: A healthy body is important to overcome addiction. Good nutrition and diet are key aspects of addiction recovery. Proper diet and nutrition provide tangible healing to addicts and aids in recovery. Those who are determined to recover can take a new start by giving their bodies the diet and nutrition they need.  A healthy mind resides in a healthy body so physical fitness also helps to achieve mental fitness.
  • Massage and Acupuncture: Massage is frequently used in the holistic treatment therapy because it aids in relieving stress and relaxing the body. A good massage releases the stress of the patient and helps him recover faster. Acupuncture is also used to regain balance to a patient’s body after prolonged drug abuse.
  • Exercise and Recreational Therapy: Daily exercise is advised even for healthy people. It has a healthy effect on the mind and body of the recovering patient. Daily exercise aids in building a proper routine, relieving stress and strengthening the body of the patient. It is an essential part of many holistic treatment therapies. Some recreational activities offered by Addiction Rehab Centers include gardening, rock-climbing, horseback-riding, canoeing or hiking.

Holistic therapy is beneficial for most of the patients. At Addiction Rehab Centers, patients wishing to get involved in holistic treatment are provided a certified, licensed and experienced holistic therapist. Also, we use it in combination with more traditional, evidence-based treatment models. Sometimes, it is also coupled with orthodox medicines.