The Holistic Approach to Recovery
Restored Balance Within
Many addiction rehab centers offer holistic treatment as supplemental therapy. Holistic treatment focuses on the whole person. Its purpose is to balance the body, mind, spirit and emotions to achieve the healthiest state.
When choosing a drug and alcohol rehab, look for one that promotes holistic treatment. Why settle for giving 100 percent toward recovery when you can give 110 percent? Lakeview Health is a holistic treatment center that believes in a balanced approach to addiction recovery.
Benefits of Holistic Treatment
While in recovery, an addict faces challenges beyond drug dependency. Holistic treatment can enable a person to cope better, heal faster and be healthier.
Holistic Treatment Can:
- Lift mood
- Improve sleep patterns
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Boost immunity
Helping Body: Physical Exercise
Physical exercise can have profound effects in addiction recovery. It releases endorphins, which makes the person feel a natural high. Good feelings can only help in the recovery process.
Research shows that exercise reduces stress and may curb stress-related cravings. A study showed that smokers had fewer withdrawal symptoms and only mild cravings for nicotine after they worked out at the gym.
Physical activity can also serve as a distraction. When you run, jog or play sports, you’re probably not thinking about drugs or alcohol.
Helping Spirit: Spiritual Exercise
Yoga is about stretching exercises, relaxation and controlled breathing. It can also improve heart function and lower cholesterol.
According to Nikki Myers, a yoga and addiction recovery therapist, yoga and addiction recovery should go hand in hand. She founded Y12SR, which stands for Yoga of 12-Step Recovery, a program that combines addiction recovery with the healing benefits of yoga. Myers believes that the mind and body are connected. She stresses focusing on both to achieve recovery.
Helping Mind: Mental Exercise
Meditation is useful in addiction recovery because it slows down, or clears, the thoughts racing through your mind. It brings the person to a state of relaxation. Some people meditate in silence and use specific postures or breathing techniques. Others chant or play music.
Vipassana is a kind of meditation that involves “watching” what your mind and body are doing. For example, it encourages you to concentrate on your breathing without trying to control it. Vipassana promotes the welcoming of addiction-related thoughts without judgment or reaction. With practice, this meditation may help you acknowledge and then release drug and alcohol cravings.
How about doing meditative yoga? This would be extra beneficial. With either of these holistic exercises, you’re already in a relaxed state, so you might as well try combining both.