What Makes a Holistic Rehab Center “Holistic”?

What Makes a Holistic Rehab Center “Holistic”?

By Lakeview Health
Lakeview Health
Published: May 7, 2016

When you’re ready to get sober from drugs or alcohol, it’s important to know about the different options you have. Your recovery is personal to you, so you should know which option will suit you best. The two primary types of rehab programs are medical and holistic. Both options can help you on the path to sobriety, but you should know the benefits of each one before entering a program. Although a medical rehab is one of the most popular methods, you should consider going through a holistic rehab center.

What’s the Difference between a Medical and Holistic Rehab Center?

The first step in the addiction rehabilitation process is going through detoxification. Typically people go through a medical detoxification. In a medical detox program, the person is given medications that help to minimize the symptoms of withdrawal. For example, many people addicted to opiates will be given medications like Subutex or methadone to help trick the brain into thinking the person is still using. The problem with medical detox is that the person will still experience some symptoms of withdrawal when they stop taking the non-narcotic detox medication. There’s nothing wrong with going through a medical detoxification, but a holistic rehab center is sometimes a better way to begin recovery. At a holistic rehab center, a person may still be given medications to help keep their heartrate and blood pressure under control, and sometimes they’ll be prescribed anti-seizure medications. The difference is that the person is not given medications to minimize the symptoms of withdrawal. Instead, the person will find ways to deal with the symptoms, which don’t require medications. This is very beneficial for people who don’t want to be reliant upon a new substance when they begin their journey of recovery.

A Holistic Rehab Center Heals the Mind, Body and Soul

The symptoms of withdrawal happen for a variety of different reasons. The body’s muscles, nervous system and tissue have all been damaged due to excessive drug or alcohol abuse. Through the help of natural substances, the body will begin to detoxify and the toxins will start to leave. Some of the methods that have been proven to help regenerate and heal the body. In a holistic rehab, you’ll be doing moderate exercise and physical activity, which will also help you in your long-term recovery. Other holistic methods include yoga, acupuncture, massage and meditation. Through meditation, you’ll find a new relationship with your thoughts, fears and pain. All of these methods have been proven to help alleviate anxiety, which makes each one great practices that you can use for the years to come. If you’d like more information on how a holistic rehab center can help you, give Lakeview Health a call today at 866.704.7692.