Holistic drug and alcohol rehab is typically extremely effective in treating addiction, mental health disorders, and more. While holistic drug rehab is often customized to meet the need of the individual, it involves treating the whole person – including the mind, body, and spirit. At Buckhead Behavioral Health, we provide a range of options for holistic drug rehab in the Atlanta area.
What Is Holistic Drug Rehab?
Holistic rehab and therapy has shown that patients can recover physically, mentally, and spiritually. It consists of a variety of non-medical methods to help people overcome substance abuse. Many of the same traditional therapies, for example, one-on-one time and group counseling are part of the treatment, however, now more holistic methods are also used.
Holistic methods can complement traditional treatment and offer alternative ways for patients to heal. These methods range from exercise and nutrition to art therapy, writing therapy, or meditation. Practices like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) will appear in both traditional therapy and holistic therapy treatment.
How Does Holistic Rehab Work?
Holistic rehab can help a person improve their well-being and mental outlook, which are both connected to substance abuse. As a user goes through a holistic method, they may reduce their anxiety and worry which leads them to relapse. Exercise, better nutrition, and meditation have proven health benefits, so holistic therapy covers these areas. In addition, holistic therapies provide the opportunity to learn valuable skills and develop tools to help address cravings and triggers. Those that incorporate holistic therapies as part of their rehab and recovery treatment plan often find it easier to maintain their sobriety long-term.
This therapy practice includes many more ideas, and the individual can choose which they most enjoy and would therefore get the most benefit out of. Here is a list of holistic therapy examples that may be tried.
Types of Holistic Therapies
At Buckhead Behavioral Health in Atlanta, our holistic rehab uses therapies in conjunction with our evidence-based group therapy to promote whole healing, and health, and give the individual the best chances at recovery. We treat the entire person, rather than just the symptoms. We use a number of modalities including the following:
Tai Chi: The slow relaxing movements and focused muscle control teach the practitioner both control and patience and gives them time to relax.
Yoga: Yoga is a 5000-year-old practice, used as exercise and mental well-being. Now, it’s popular and used worldwide to strengthen the body, calm the mind, and bring peace to the soul.
Guided meditation: Meditation has proven to have incredible effects on the brain over a long period. In the short term, it can provide calm and train a person to slow their thoughts and emotions, develop patience and focus, and learn to make better decisions in their life.
Nutrition: Holistic therapy would cover nutrition, which will include improving a person’s food intake to create incredible effects on the body. Proper nutrition can improve a person’s weight, mental clarity and focus, and allow them to recover faster.
Exercise: There is a tremendous amount of science showing the health benefits of exercise. From improving your immune system, speeding up recovery, boosting metabolism, to the mental health benefits too. Regular exercise also makes the person feel accomplished for completing a workout, and that creates the mental habits and behaviors to enjoy staying healthy and in shape.
Other treatments involved in holistic drug rehab include massage therapy, spiritual therapy, acupuncture, or creative therapy like writing or art therapy, and various other treatment methods. All treatment either holistic or traditional will also include personal counseling, private sessions and group sessions in order to guide the individual through their recovery process.
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The Five Components Of Using Holistic Therapy During Rehab?
There are five components that encompass holistic healing, including:
The body reflects our physical well-being and health. Substance abuse directly affects the body in different ways, such as:
- Not being able to sleep.
- Forgetting to eat or eating unhealthy foods.
- Experiencing body aches and pains.
- Having physical symptoms like headaches, nausea, and vomiting.
By learning how to care for oneself physically, you are able to restore balance to your body.
Substance abuse directly impacts our mental faculties and mind. Substances alter the natural release of chemicals in the brain. Furthermore, the effects of various substances can make it difficult for us to concentrate, speak, focus, and make informed decisions.
Holistic healing during rehab helps restore balance to the mind by promoting better mental health and well-being.
When we talk about the spirit and holistic therapies, we refer to your ability to understand yourself and relate to the world around you. For example, when you abuse substances, you may think your spirit benefits if the effects of the substances make you more outgoing and instill more self-confidence.
However, the more you abuse substances, the more you become disconnected from the mind and body. As a result, your spirit also suffers. Rather than feeling outgoing, you gradually retreat inwards and pull away from others. Not to mention, whatever substance you abuse becomes your primary focus.
Another component of holistic healing is to restore the social connections you once had with your family and friends. Your addiction has a direct impact on those that matter the most. It can take time to heal those wounds. However, by doing so, you could be able to deepen the relationships, resulting in a better sense of support and happiness.
Our emotions are equally important when it comes to holistic healing and addiction recovery. Once you are ready to seek help for your substance abuse, it is common to feel guilty and embarrassed about how you behaved while under the influence.
Holistic healing helps you learn how to overcome negative emotions from your addiction, as well as how to respond to all your emotions, thoughts, and feelings as you move forward with your recovery.
Benefits of Holistic Therapy
Physical Fitness: Patients who are physically fit can recover faster and are mentally prepared to overcome any mental disorders and avoid the danger of relapsing. It also creates a positive habit that can flood the body with natural good feeling chemicals that the individual can enjoy. This creates a positive self-reinforcing habit that helps them for the rest of their lives.
Self-confidence: Working on the patient’s self-confidence can improve their recovery by teaching them how to take responsibility and control over their lives. They learn acceptance, confidence in themselves, and can make better choices in their life.
Reducing appeal to drugs: By teaching users the negative effects and talking about the bad causes behind drug use and the negative impact it has on people’s lives, patients can think differently about drugs and the appeal can fade.
Meditation: Guided meditation, silent meditation, or any other type of this famous practice is one of the best mindfulness exercises to practice. You learn to focus on your breath and focus on your thoughts. When you bring your focus back to the breath, you teach your brain to control its own direction. This improves focus, decision making, and ability to stay calm in stressful situations or when feeling powerful emotions.
Improved Sleep: Poor sleep routine can be a symptom of drug use, and withdrawal. Therefore, it’s important to train better sleep patterns and practices. Holistic therapies can result in improved sleep and healing.
Holistic Therapy vs Regular Therapy
Getting lost in drug abuse can cause long-term mental and physical effects on a person. Holistic therapy can help someone address the many ways that they were harmed. Learning to think, breathe, move your body, and discover passions and hobbies, is all a part of holistic recovery. While holistic therapy combines modalities in treating an entire person, regular therapy including talk therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy can still help address underlying issues and maladaptive coping patterns.
Blended with traditional treatment for drug and alcohol abuse, holistic therapy can add the best combination of treatments to support someone’s recovery. At Buckhead Behavioral Health, we approach substance abuse from various angles to help recovery alongside private and group counseling.
Holistic Rehab at Buckhead Behavioral Health
Buckhead Behavioral Health is a luxury addiction treatment facility and drug rehab in Atlanta, Georgia. Offering individualized and holistic rehab, the multidisciplinary staff at Buckhead Behavioral Health offers evidence-based practices to help individuals recover from addiction in a safe and structured setting free from distractions. We focus on healing the mind, body, and soul. Our multiple programs include:
- Partial Hospitalization Programming
- Intensive Outpatient Programming
- Virtual IOP
- Outpatient Programming
With a 30, 60, and 90-day program option, our holistic modalities are integrated into more traditional therapies to provide them with a solid footing for sustainable recovery. Learn more about our facilities below or call us now at (470) 460-6789.