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Drug and alcohol addiction are problems which never only affect someone physically, but in many other ways that the addicted individual may not even be aware of, all of which makes the problem persist. The effects and consequences of addiction permeate throughout someone's life and ultimately impacts them emotionally, mentally, socially and in many other ways which is what causes the dependence they are haunted by and the daily cycle of personal self-destruction. Keeping this in mind, one would understand why a treatment program to address any type of addiction should address the person as a whole and never just one aspect of addiction, but every aspect of addiction including the physical, mental and even emotional facets of the problem. Only addressing physical dependence for example leaves the door wide open for future problems and relapse, which is why individuals who only briefly address the physical aspect of their addiction in rehab are not typically those with the best chance of remaining drug and alcohol free.
Holistic treatment is defined as taking the person as a whole into consideration, not just the physical compulsion and dependence that makes them continue to abuse drugs or alcohol despite the consequences. Although addressing the physical aspects of addiction is an important step in the treatment process, a holistic rehab program is much more comprehensive and will incorporate other treatment steps to help an individual address other aspects of themselves and their lives during recovery which will help them overcome their addiction in a much more proactive and finite manner.
Holistic rehab is a completely different approach to treatment than what most people are accustomed to and even know exists. Most people have heard of or even taken part in a program which uses a treatment model which focuses on the treatment of addiction as a disease. This is what most people consider the "norm" or traditional way to go about treating addiction. The disease model programs are very accepted and practiced broadly, because it has been indoctrinated into the addiction and treatment culture for many years. But with this in mind, approaching addiction in this manner leaves the door open to a number of problems for addicted individuals. Many have tried several times to take part in a traditional disease model program, and cycles of abstinence and devastating relapse becomes an all too common occurrence leaving them without hope for a permanent end to the endless cycle of addiction that so many people resign themselves to. But life doesn't have to be that way, with a much more effective approach to treatment available at holistic treatment centers that provide comprehensive treatment to address the problem much more productively and effectively.
Holistic treatment is different from traditional programs, but this doesn't make it any less effective as an approach even though there are fewer programs who practice holistic treatment. An example of a program which offers holistic treatment would be one which provides services starting with professional and safe detoxification services, treatment to help with interpersonal relationships and life skills building, services to address any mental health issues that may be unaddressed or lacking specific remedies, and other services to improve the person's life as a whole which will in turn help them live a drug free life. This differs from traditional treatment models, because most programs only provide basic detoxification services, brief therapy in the form of either group sessions or individual sessions or both, and very little to address any other aspect of addiction or the person's life, which could be a problem that could trigger relapse in the future.
In fact many holistic rehab programs incorporate other therapeutic options into the treatment process to make treatment more comfortable and pleasant for clients, and also to encourage a change in lifestyle so that clients find other outlets to enhance their mood and improve their overall quality of life. For example, many holistic rehab programs provide acupuncture and massage services, exercise and detoxification regimens beyond that traditionally offered, nutritional intervention and support, and similar services all of which can help someone recover from addiction but also teach them a new and healthier way to relieve stress and live their lives without the need for drugs or alcohol to do so.
Many of these services and this approach to treatment in general encourages treatment clients in a holistic rehab to discover things about themselves and factors in their lives which do cause stress, and hence trigger their addictive and self-destructive behavior. But even more so, it encourages clients to develop and utilize the techniques and tools they have become availed of in holistic rehab to treat life situations much differently and to not let the things which in the past may have caused mental, emotional and psychological stress cause them to turn to drugs or alcohol as an answer.
So in a traditional rehab program clients would be told that their disease is something they can't control but only manage, while in a holistic rehab clients are empowered to have complete control over their actions and decisions in their lives and hence their choice to be someone who is addicted to drugs or alcohol. So holistic treatment is really all about helping clients have the power over their life choices, giving them healthy outlets to relieve stress and anxiety, providing them with treatment that will help them build self-esteem and self-confidence, and ensuring they make the changes in their lifestyle that will help them life a drug free life.
Another very important aspect of holistic treatment, and how this approach varies drastically from traditional programs, is that it doesn't incorporate the use of drugs into the treatment process unless it is completely medically necessary of course. This is most definitely not the case with traditional programs, where the use of medical drugs is not only encouraged but often the only option given to clients. An example of this would be programs which begin clients on a daily maintenance dose of drugs which stop them from going into opiate withdrawal. This "solution" only leaves opiate dependent individuals dependent to something which they can obtain legally, but is just another drug they will have to be a prisoner to on a daily basis for the rest of their lives. This is by no means the only solution to severe dependence, and there are many examples of clients in holistic rehab programs finding much more effective ways to deal with this permanently without the use of drugs. This of course results in a much higher quality of life for clients who choose to treat this holistically and more proactively, who don't have to be a prisoner to any drug ever again.
To learn more about holistic rehab, speak with a professional treatment counselor at a holistic drug rehab program today who can explain which services are provided at the holistic facility and how to get the process started for yourself or a loved one who is experiencing a substance abuse problem. Even though holistic programs aren't as widely available as traditional programs, more holistic facilities are in operation than ever before and many accept private health insurance and will work with your insurance carrier to get you started in holistic treatment as soon as possible.