One of the newest developments in the field of addiction care is the increasing implementation of holistic addiction treatment, which takes an all-encompassing approach to the client’s well-being and encourages many overall lifestyle changes.
At Unity Behavioral Health, we look beyond the surface symptoms of addiction and strive to provide comprehensive treatment for the mind, body, and spirit.
What is Holistic Addiction Treatment?
This complimentary treatment strategy is used in concert with traditional therapies to provide patients with the tools for long-term success in recovery. Holistic addiction treatment is derived from ancient healing practices and has become very popular throughout the healthcare industry. The holistic therapies at Unity Behavioral Health have proven useful in several areas:
- Helping patients overcome stress, depression, and anxiety.
- Increasing self-awareness
- Improving overall mental health
- Reducing discomfort during detox and rehab
- Developing healthier coping techniques
- Spiritual exploration
People turn to drug and alcohol abuse for many different reasons, and most of the time, those reasons are unclear at first. Sometimes people abuse substances to self-medicate symptoms of mental illness. Other times, it could be to fill a spiritual emptiness or to manage body pain. Focusing on the mind, body, and spirit allows patients to explore the origins of their substance abuse better and make progress in addiction treatment much more manageable
Holistic Treatment at Unity Behavioral Health
We are proud to offer an extensive holistic healing program at Unity Behavioral Health. Our holistic options are researched by our addiction care specialists and focus on the needs of our patients.
Our holistic options include opportunities for spiritual examination and remedies for mental illness and chronic pain.
Massage therapy in addiction treatment boosts mental and physical well-being. During detox, massage helps release built-up toxins in the body. Stimulating pressure points relaxes the body and clears the mind allowing a person to focus on their sobriety.
When your spine is misaligned, it can disrupt the flow of transmitters, causing a chemical imbalance in your brain known as the reward deficiency syndrome. Precise, localized chiropractic adjustments, specific to the upper cervical spine, stimulate the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin.
Chiropractic care helps balance the chemicals in the brain that control your reward systems. Studies have shown that individuals who receive these adjustments during their recovery program may experience reduced anxiety, increased focus, and improved overall well-being.
Meditation is not offered as a cure-all for dependence and drug-seeking behaviors. However, when it is included in a comprehensive drug treatment program, meditation provides:
- Increased self-awareness
- A renewed spiritual-religious connection
- Improved creativity
- A decrease in negative emotional responses to life’s many stressors
Two minutes of meditation is beneficial in resetting thoughts and calming the mind. An hour of meditation can also significantly reduce pain and help a patient manage its intensity better.
Research proves that practicing meditation will reduce the severity of pain by 40 percent of those who need assistance with pain management. In contrast, prescribed morphine is said only to reduce pain by 25 percent.
Countless addiction patients have reported marked reductions in cravings, relief from withdrawal symptoms, and improved sleep and relaxation as a result of acupuncture. Additionally, the World Health Organization lists over 40 disorders that respond favorably to this ancient treatment. Among these are:
- Chronic pain
- Back and neck pain,
- Depression (mild)
- Stress disorders
Acupuncture decreases chronic pain by increasing the release of endorphins (morphine-like chemicals produced to help our bodies manage pain and stress).
When a nerve is stimulated by acupuncture, it sends a message to the brain and spinal cord to release those pain-relieving endorphins. As a result, endorphins then block the signal of pain being transmitted to the brain.
Yoga is the art of stretching, breathing, and relaxation. Addiction treatment centers are increasing the use of yoga in their programs to help prevent relapse, reduce cravings, and cope with the stresses in life. There are many benefits to yoga which include:
- Increase stamina and strength
- Increase self-awareness
- Increase energy levels
- Reduce stress
- Pain relief
- Sleep better
- Reduce fatigue
- Emotional healing
Yoga helps an individual learn to take ownership of feelings and actions.
Exercise is an excellent way for a person to improve their overall health, physically and mentally. Exercise can be hiking, working out, and running. When pushing through a hard workout, a person can release all the negative energy flowing through them. It is a healthy escape from the stress of life. Exercising while battling cravings is an excellent way to change your thought pattern and resist the cravings.
People who battle addiction destroy the health of their bodies. Drugs and alcohol become the new food, so the body is deprived of essential nutrients. When starting recovery, it is essential to have a nutritional plan. Tips for improving nutrition include:
- Eat a variety of foods – meats, dairy, fruits, and vegetables
- Eat foods high in fiber – fruits, vegetables, muffins, oat cereal
- Do not skip meals
- Limit sugar and caffeine – soda, cookies, coffee, cakes
- Drink water
- Take vitamins
A well-balanced diet not only improves a person physically but mentally as well. When a person does not eat healthy, cravings for drugs and alcohol can start and be harder to resist. A lifetime of proper nutrition increases a lifetime of sobriety.
Using plant components and derivatives for alcohol abuse dates back to ancient Chinese, Indian, and Native American medical traditions. When entering treatment for prescription drug abuse, some people prefer to stay away from all prescriptions. Herbal supplements, homeopathy, and essential oils are a natural form of relief. These include:
Milk Thistle is hugely beneficial for individuals who have liver damage. People who abuse alcohol may see improved liver function, but it will not cure liver disease. Milk thistle does have risks, so do not add this to your diet without talking with your doctor.
Chamomile has many benefits—individuals in recovery for substance use disorder and mental health disorders. Chamomile tea helps with insomnia, upset stomachs. It is an anti-inflammatory, but it can lead to vomiting if drank in access. Some individuals may have an allergic reaction.
Passionflower can also be beneficial in recovery for substance use disorder. Passionflower strengthens the nervous system and alleviates mild depression symptoms. It also helps with insomnia and anxiety and eases tension in the body. Passionflower has serious side effects that include dizziness, confusion, itching, and swelling. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not take passionflower.
Gingko used regularly can improve mental functions. People in the early stages of recovery complain of concentration difficulties. Ginkgo can also improve memory, energy, circulation, and glucose uptake. Individuals may experience adverse effects, such as nausea, heart palpitations, and restlessness. Ginkgo can react with blood thinner medications, so speak with your doctor before taking it.
Behavioral research has given insights into the functions of the brain. These insights have discovered how the brain responds to drugs and alcohol and the effects of mental illness. Neuro Behavioral Therapy (NBT) is a scientific approach to identifying and treating addiction and mental illnesses.
NBT restores neuronal pathways in the brain. Scientists and Psychologists identify abnormalities in the brain and create a medication protocol to reset the irregularity. Sensors are attached to a person’s head, and a painless EEG is performed. A baseline will be established, and the person will then be asked to complete a few activities.
These results will be the baseline for future treatment sessions. In treatment sessions, results will be continuously gathered and used to help retrain the brain. Changing brainwave patterns can improve reactions and brain functions. NBT is not a long term solution to substance use disorders or mental health disorders. Still, it is useful when used as part of a comprehensive approach.
Dual-Diagnosis and Holistic Treatment
More than half of individuals with a substance use disorder also have at least one mental disorder. If a person has a dual-diagnosis, it is vital to address addiction and mental illness. Treating both diseases empowers individuals to face their mental disorders without running to drugs and alcohol.
At Unity Behavioral Health, we understand that if you only treat the addiction, it sets a person up to relapse. Holistic treatment for substance use disorder is equally as important as a comprehensive treatment for mental disorders. Intake assessment involves talking with a psychiatrist to distinguish what issues are related to addiction and psychiatric disorders.
Holistic treatment for dual-diagnosis include:
- Yoga therapy
- Meditation therapy
- Recreational therapy
- Acupuncture therapy
- Nutritional therapy
The Value of Integrated Addiction Treatment
There is no one single drug or alcohol addiction treatment strategy that works for every patient. Each person who enters rehab has specific challenges to overcome, and an integrated addiction treatment approach ensures that these obstacles will be met and defeated.
While one patient may have fallen into opioid addiction because of an injury, another could be struggling with alcoholism to drown out traumatic memories. Offering treatment that focuses on mental health, physical well-being, and spiritual healing allows addiction specialists to help patients identify and surmount their impediments to recovery.
Each person who enters rehab has specific challenges to overcome, and a holistic addiction treatment approach ensures that these obstacles will be met and defeated.
At Unity Behavioral Health, our goal is to help patients find their unique paths to sobriety. We do this by providing comprehensive treatment that accounts for more than just addiction.
Our rehab strategy allows patients to discover why:
- They abuse drugs or alcohol
- Uncover the dysfunctional thoughts that lead to substance abuse
- Reverse the damage caused by addiction
- Identify other co-occurring mental illnesses
- Live healthier and more balanced lives
If you or someone in your life is ready to fight back against addiction, we urge you to call one of our representatives right away. Any delay in treatment could cause the problem to worsen, and the addicted person loses the motivation to seek treatment.
Contact us today to learn more and get started on the path to a drug and alcohol-free life.