The Holistic Approach To Addiction Recovery

The holistic approach means treating the whole person and not just working on the physical symptoms, but also the mental, spirit, and social, with the understanding that they are all interconnected in the healing process. When this is applied to addiction recovery it allows the patient to heal and improve all of these aspects of their life for the ability to maintain and enjoy their sobriety. There are always different reasons that people start to use drugs. For some it may be because they have a co-occurring mental disorder, others may become addicted to pain medication for a very real physical pain that they have, or they may simply be trying to improve their emotional or spiritual state. When taking the holistic approach to the treatment of addiction, the patient uncovers the reasoning for their addiction and are given the knowledge and resources on how to handle it and improve their life without the false aid of their vice. With the understanding that when there is a problem in one of these areas, there are direct issues in the others. For example, someone with physical pain becomes addicted to opiates, may then start to suffer from depression, stop taking care of themselves, and the process continues and worsens. Holistic treatment offers many different ways to improve all of these.

Holistic Recovery offers therapists for individual and group therapy, medical teams to ensure patients remain physically healthy during their stay, healthy meals that provide energy and nutrition needed in recovery, physical activity to help them stay healthy while also using the benefits of the endorphins released during exercise, meditation and yoga to help with relaxing and calming oneself, and other therapies. By utilizing this approach patients are able to find and maintain a balance in their life which helps with sobriety. Someone with a co-occurring disorder that is never addressed or understood, it would be more difficult for them to stay sober after treatment.

Unique Holistic Treatments That Help

While some people may consider these unique, it is only because not everyone has them available to offer. Those who have used these treatments have seen the benefits and enjoyed the outcomes. Offering new ways of looking at life, experiencing life, coping with stressors, understanding emotions, understanding any co-occurring disorders.

Recreational Therapy is where a nationally certified and state licensed Recreation Therapist uses recreation activities of all kinds to bring about a positive change socially, emotionally, intellectually, physically, and/or spiritually. They use all kinds of activities to allow patients to discover and re-create themselves while practicing skills in a safe supportive environment. The Recreation Therapy process prepares patients in their recovery to initiate their leisure time with constructive activities, which may increase their self-efficacy, competence, and autonomy. It is a purposeful intervention designed to improve patient’s overall quality of life. One of the biggest struggles recovering addicts say they have when they are out of treatment and boredom. Through recreational therapy they can find a new activity or hobby that they can continue if they get bored instead of using again. It will also help them meet new friends and stay physically healthy. Some people even find peace and some sort of spirituality being out in nature.

Sensory Integration Therapy uses specially designed sensory rooms, or Snoezelen rooms, to offer a multiple of sensory stimulation for patients to make them more comfortable as well as more aware of their body and their feelings. When patients feel stressed or upset about something they are used to using their substance to cope. These rooms teach them different ways to handle those feelings. Surrounded by comfortable seating, cushions, a swing, 65 different colored LED lights, calming imagery such as beaches and mountains, and music or sounds. All of these things help to make that patient feel more calm and able to explore their feelings of depression, anxiety, pain, and agitation. They have sensory stimulating things such as weighted blankets, pillows, and other comforting tools. It is an environment that nurtures the body and invites the person to engage in activities that help them to feel good and to focus on strengths, interests, and personal self-care. This room provides patients with additional options for recognizing and reducing their level of self-perceived distress and anxiety and teaches them how to self-regulate and feel more in control of their addiction and their own life. Read about a simple technique learned here and how it helped.

Another important aspect of recovery is mental health and the therapy that goes along with it. When someone has an addiction but also and psychiatric or emotional illness then they have a co-occurring disorder. If the underlying emotional or psychiatric disorder is not treated it will be very difficult for this patient to maintain their sobriety. Some co-occurring disorders include depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), bipolar disorder, and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Patients should receive individual counseling sessions, and medical attention from medical staff, psychiatrist, and addictionologist. Family members should be taught how to recognize triggering circumstances and ways to avoid issues before they occur. Programs are designed to break the addiction cycle, stabilize moods, and teach the addict how to cope with mood and personality disorders effectively. Help relieve the pain and confusion of having a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder by treating both conditions simultaneously.

Are you ready for a holistic addiction treatment experience?

Recovery Ways, addiction rehab in Utah, is centered around the concept of healing the mind and the spirit, and not just the body. To truly heal both physically and mentally a dual-diagnosis approach is key in treating any co-occurring disorders. This treats not only the addiction, but also any underlying mental health issues. If you or a loved one is in need of a holistic addiction rehab please contact out admissions team immediately. You can contact them here.

Originally published at on January 11, 2017.