Holistic drug rehab offers a mind, body, spirit approach to alcoholism and drug addiction. Holistic therapies take into account the whole individual and seek to help the body heal itself rather than relying on medication.
Today, while more drug rehabs are beginning to recognize the benefits of holistic therapies in addressing the symptoms associated with alcoholism and drug addiction it is still considered an alternative method of treatment. Holistic drug rehab may also offer a combination of medical and clinical therapy to address the symptoms of mind and body created by alcoholism and drug addiction. These traditional methods are then combined within a 12-step program that addresses the spiritual aspect of the disease.
Holistic Drug Rehab Programs
Holistic drug rehab programs often offer the same medical and clinical components as traditional drug rehabs but with the complimentary benefits of holistic therapies. A holistic practitioner will "read" the body's symptoms. The body's symptoms show where healing needs to take place.
In holistic medicine, the focus is on awakening the body's own innate power to heal itself through a combination of natural remedies, such as massage, herbs, acupuncture, yoga and meditation. Holistic therapies treat the body's symptoms rather than suppressing it through medication. For many people entering drug rehab, they've suppressed their symptoms for years through drugs and alcohol. The period of time following detox can be uncomfortable as people become aware of these symptoms, maybe for the first time. Holistic therapies are a natural and comfortable way to treat these symptoms.
Holistic Drug Rehab Benefits
A holistic drug rehab program offers benefits of mind, body and spirit healing on an individual basis. Treating the person on a holistic basis requires knowing the history and symptoms in order to treat them most effectively. This requires a one-on-one approach that is beneficial in treating alcoholism and drug addiction.
In addition, holistic therapies have shown a success rate in the treatment of alcoholism and drug addiction. A Yale University study has concluded that acupuncture alone can increase the success rate of a drug rehab program by 200%. Ear acupuncture is especially effective in minimizing detox symptoms and increasing a sense of calmness and well-being. Combining these benefits in a holistic drug rehab program with clinical therapy and the traditional 12-step model seem to be the most beneficial approach to alcohol and drug addiction treatment.