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What is Holistic Addiction Treatment?

Millions of people deal with addiction every day, and for most of those struggling with addiction either don’t get the help they need or get cookie-cutter treatment plans from average facilities. Addiction is a life-long disease that affects the mind, body, and spirit. Without full, well-rounded treatment, long-term sobriety is difficult to achieve. There is a better way, holistic addiction treatment. By finding a treatment plan that works to treat the whole body and not the substance, a person has a better chance of recovering and staying on the path of sobriety. 

At Hillside Mission Recovery, we understand that addiction needs a well-rounded approach to achieve true sobriety. That’s why we aim to give clients and their families all the tools they need to overcome addiction. In this post, we are going to discuss holistic addiction recovery, what holistic addiction treatment is, some examples of holistic treatment, how holistic treatment for addiction can be beneficial, and how to find a holistic substance abuse treatment facility near you.

What is Holistic Addiction Treatment? 

Most of the time, when we think about addiction treatment, we think about getting someone off drugs and putting them into detox. While that is certainly a part of the process, isolating someone and getting them off drugs and into a group setting isn’t all there is to treatment. Holistic treatment focuses on treating each of the three areas of mind, body, and spirit by developing individualized treatment plans for each individual. 

The physical part of the process means dealing with the substance in the body and removing it safely and compassionately. This often involves detox as well as dealing with the symptoms and complications of withdrawal. 

The mind aspect of holistic treatment involves dealing with the thoughts, behaviors, and urges leading to drug and alcohol abuse. This is most often accomplished by therapy in both a group and individual setting. Individual therapy allows a trained specialist to help bring out the root causes of the addiction, and group therapy gives those with addiction a place to feel companionship and to deal with some of the behaviors they learned while addicted in a group setting. 

Lastly, dealing with the spirit involves finding peace and solace and learning how to center yourself and focus on living a drug-free life. This can be accomplished in a variety of ways, such as meditation and yoga. This helps to relieve feelings of loss and regret and helps to renew the purpose of getting and staying sober. 

What Are Examples of Holistic Treatment? 

There is no one type of holistic treatment. Holistic treatment is a methodology that focuses on more than just addiction. However, there are some common practices that may be used to help treat addiction. 

Treatment may involve exercise programs like yoga or massage to improve the body. To improve the mental aspect of addiction, there are often specialized therapy sessions as well as reflectivity and mindfulness classes. 

Other examples include meditation, aromatherapy, and helping to reconnect with family and friends through emotional support and outreach. 

When is a Holistic Approach to Addiction Treatment Beneficial? 

While a holistic approach to addiction treatment is always beneficial in terms of long term recovery, for those with a particularly severe addiction, such as those who have been addicted for a long term, or those who have tried to get clean and relapsed, holistic treatment has a much higher chance of success. 

As we discussed, a holistic approach works to treat more than just the physical symptoms of the addiction; it works to heal the wounds created by the addiction and find the underlying causes of substance abuse, and give a person the tools to deal with them. Without these tools, a person is much more likely to continue using or to start using again when they return to everyday day-to-day life with the same stressors and triggers.

How to Find Holistic Addiction Treatment Programs 

You could spend a long time looking through average treatment programs, finding one that offers a holistic treatment program, or coming to us here at Hillside Mission Recovery. At our luxury inpatient rehab facility in Southern California, we combine standard treatment elements with holistic practices to offer the most comprehensive rehab program in Southern California

As part of our approach to rehab, we offer a calm, home-like environment with a variety of treatment options and amenities that are meant to focus on overall wellness and comfort so that the recovery process is as effective as possible. Once rehab is complete, we have aftercare and alumni programs to help clients continue on the path of sobriety. 
If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction, contact Hillside Mission Recovery today.