(press release: summitbehavioralhealth) // New Jersey // Maria Ulmer MA, LMFT, CAADC | Chief Clinical Officer
Haverhill’s leading addiction treatment center, Serenity at Summit, uses the holistic approach to addiction treatment and recovery. Here, they explain what clients should know about this approach and its benefits.
The holistic approach to health conditions, including recovery from drug or alcohol addiction, can be extremely beneficial to the sufferer. It can decrease stress, boost immunity, and increase psychological resilience which can help the body heal faster, cope better, and maintain health. The holistic approach to recovery encourages the person to practice healing strategies that heal and protect all areas of his or her health, including mind, body, and spirit.
What is the Holistic Approach to Addiction Treatment and Recovery?
Holistic recovery takes into account that people turn to drugs or alcohol for many different reasons. Some do so to escape psychological pain from negative life experiences or trauma, some to self-medicate physical pain or other medical issues, and some to fill a feeling of spiritual emptiness. Often, those who are addicted don’t know which area they are attempting to “fix” with their using or drinking, so using the holistic approach to recovery – a program that examines and treats all three areas (mind, body, and spirit) – has a good chance of addressing their problem areas so they are able to abstain from using drugs or alcohol.
Additionally, the philosophy behind the holistic approach to recovery says that all three areas of health are intertwined. That means that if one area is diseased it will affect the other two. Treating all three will heal each area, helping individuals to stay sober after the main influence of their using is resolved.
What is Holistic Addiction Treatment Like?
Holistic rehabilitation programs are much like traditional programs, in that they offer 24/7 medical care, detoxification if needed, individual and group therapy, and exposure to 12 step programs. However, they also offer individuals the ability to work on every aspect of their health. For example, they may attend meditation sessions for their spiritual health, counseling sessions for psychological health, and exercise for their physical health.
The goals of holistic recovery are:
- To identify triggers that lead to drug or alcohol use
- To understand the events that led to drug or alcohol use
- To stop the active addiction early
- To teach coping skills such as visualization, thought disruption, and relaxation, that will help with triggers
- To develop a long-term recovery plan
In order to accomplish those goals, most holistic recovery centers combine traditional treatments with holistic services that balance healing in the three core areas. Some of the services may include:
- Nutritional therapy
- Exercise programs
- Massage therapy
- Spiritual or religious counseling
- Art therapy
- Music therapy
- Tai chi
About Serenity at Summit
If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, and you don’t know what the underlying causes are, it may be in your best interest to seek a holistic recovery center. At Serenity at Summit’s residential treatment facility, we offer healing for the mind, body, and spirit to promote recovery from addiction.
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