A holistic approach to recovery can include anything from generalized assistance with detoxing from substances to helping restore a more natural life balance after moving past the initial stages of recovery.
A multi-faceted, or holistic, approach to recovery will leave patients thriving in permanent recovery as they discover new coping strategies which offer both relief and reward.
How Do Patients in Recovery Incorporate a Holistic Approach to Healing?
Once you choose your treatment program and begin working with our medical and clinical professionals toward recovery, you will have different choices in your approach to learning how to cope with stress in healthier ways. While some patients choose other types of approaches such as faith-based, step-based or counseling-based, you can choose a holistic track that offers a full range of coping strategies for the times when you fear that you are heading toward a relapse. A holistic approach to recovery places a great deal of power in your own hands to stay strong in the face of adversity.
The treatment centers in RiverMend Health Centers provide alternative coping strategies that you can use after you leave the facility. These types of holistic services are also sometimes called “complementary” or “integrative” strategies.
What Are Some of the Holistic Therapies You Can Explore?
Consider one or many of the following types of holistic approaches to your wellness as you learn more about drug and alcohol rehab and how it will best serve you and your loved ones. The more you learn about this recovery method, the more tools you will have at your disposal during difficult times once you leave your rehabilitation center.
Animal and Pet Therapy
Often used in senior care facilities and children’s hospital wards, animal and pet therapy can be beneficial for anyone struggling with depression and/or addiction. The presence of an animal radiating joy, calmness and positive energy can help you refocus. The sight of a happy dog wagging its tail, or the sound of a kitten’s purr when you stroke its soft fur can help establish an optimistic outlook. The Addiction Recovery guide notes that humans who interact with animals experience lowered blood pressure and increased endorphin levels.
Creative Arts Therapy
Addictions can spiral out of control when people are not in touch with their authentic selves. Creative arts therapy–whether painting, writing poetry, sculpting or playing a musical instrument–can help you reconnect with your creative side and refocus your energy away from the lure of substance abuse and towards the simple act of creating new things.
Meditation works as a powerful therapy tool by clearing the mind of clutter and chaotic noise. People suffering from addiction often aren’t able to think positively, because they have so many negative thoughts crowding their mind at a given moment. Meditation can help you clear up mental space, which in turn helps you to have a more positive outlook.
Addictions often leave your body in a state of nutritional imbalance. In addition, poor nutrition can make the process of recovery more difficult than it needs to be. Proper nutrition is a powerful first step towards healing any damage caused by substance abuse, and avoiding addictive and low-nutrient foods can help you maintain a clear mind as you go through your recovery.
There are many benefits to physical activity, but yoga is one of the most useful forms of exercise for those in recovery. Yoga increases flexibility, muscle strength, cardiovascular health, balance, and respiration. It has also been shown to lower blood pressure, reduce chronic pain and reduce stress. These are all wonderful physical benefits, but perhaps even more impressive are the mental benefits of yoga. At its core, yoga focuses on meditation and breathing. This emphasis on relaxation can help you become more positive and experience an improved state of mental well-being.
There are many ways to recover from addiction and return to a fulfilling and productive life. Step-based, counseling-based, and faith-based methods aren’t the only viable paths to success. Holistic treatment is an alternative which can help you achieve a full recovery while participating in treatments and exercises which you’ll love. With a better understanding of the different treatments available to you at Georgia Detox and Recovery Centers, you have the power to decide what path to recovery will help you thrive the most.