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Addiction Recovery Through a Holistic Approach

Holistic 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.

Addiction Recovery Holistic Therapy

Holistic therapy 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.

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.

Styles of Addiction Holistic Therapy

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 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 counselling, private sessions and group sessions in order to guide the individual through their recovery process.

Treating Addiction Through Holistic Practices

Each person’s addiction recovery will have a unique holistic treatment based on their needs and what might benefit them most. Here are some areas that holistic therapy can treat.

What Addiction Holistic Therapy Treats

Lack of sleep: Poor sleep routine can be a symptom of drug use, and withdrawal. Therefore,  it’s important to train better sleep patterns and practices.

Poor diet: A bad diet, not eating enough or overeating unhealthy foods, can all have negative impacts on a person’s mental state and recovery process.

Underlying Causes: Through coaching, consulting and private or group sessions, holistic treatments can help to uncover the underlying causes for the addiction so they can address them.

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.

Is Holistic Therapy Helpful for Addiction Recovery?

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.
Blended with traditional treatment for drug and alcohol abuse, holistic therapy can add the best combination of treatments to support someone’s recovery. Approaching substance abuse from various angles will help recovery alongside private and group counseling..

Holistic Therapy in Atlanta, GA

Buckhead Behavioral Health is a luxury addiction treatment facility and drug rehab in Atlanta, Georgia. Offering individualized treatment, 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. Learn more about our admission process and begin the road to recovery now.

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