Our understanding of alcoholism and addiction has changed dramatically over the past 20 years and as such the way that we think about treating these diseases has changed as well. In the past, the treatment options available to a person who was seeking help for their addiction were greatly limited and a majority of the time a person could only find help within a hospital or some other clinical setting.
These sort of treatment options focused entirely on getting the person’s body and mind cleared from drugs and alcohol but did not really focus on how these diseases affected all the parts of a person, or how all the parts of a person could aid in recovery. Often times physical exercise was not emphasized nor was spiritual mindfulness talked about, but since we now have a better understanding of the interconnectedness of the mind, body, and spirit, we are able to offer treatment options that focus on all aspects of recovery.
At Elevations Health’s Austin Holistic Rehab, we are aware of how important it is to not just treat the disease, but to treat the person. At our Austin Holistic Rehab, we offer programming that focuses on total recovery from alcoholism and addiction and in doing so we offer our clients the best possible chance for sustained recovery.
What Is Holistic Treatment?
Holistic treatments, like the ones offered at our Austin Holistic Rehab, are based on the art and science of healing. The idea is that holistic medicine addresses the healing of the whole person, including the mind, body, and spirit. Holistic medicine does use some kinds of conventional methods of treating alcoholism and addiction, but it also employs the use of alternative therapies to prevent and treat these diseases. Overall, the goal is to provide your body with optimal levels of health and wellness and at our Austin Holistic Rehab, we believe that any and all possible means to combat addiction and alcoholism should be made available to our clients.
Holistic physicians work with patients to help them learn complimentary alternatives to taking drugs. They offer people the ability to cope with anxiety, stress, emotional trauma, etc., all through holistic and natural methods. However, this does not mean that holistic therapy does not also work in conjunction with western medicine. The holistic approach does not, as some people think, mean that anything that is modern or western is viewed as bad; it simply means that there is a focus on total body healing. So if certain medications are necessary for a person to overcome their alcoholism or addiction then they will be used in the treatment process.
One major encouragement of holistic therapy is to appreciate the patient as a whole. It’s important to see the patient as a person, not as a series of symptoms. A person’s symptoms are a sign of a greater underlying issue and are not, in fact, the only problem that must be dealt with. Holistic treatments operate under the assumption that by addressing the wellness of the person in totality, the symptoms related to their alcoholism or addiction, or other underlying issues can be dealt with in a more meaningful way, then if their symptoms are the only thing being treated.
Some of the holistic therapies that are offered in holistic rehabs are:
The use of yoga in the recovery of alcoholism and addiction has grown in popularity over the past ten years. This is mainly because of the benefits that yoga can offer to a person, such as, an ability to relax the mind and help them meditate and the fact that yoga increases the blood flow through the body and helps a person to feel an overall sense of wellbeing.
Massage therapy is more than just getting a massage, it helps people to relax, removes toxins from the system, and it helps to promote wellness in a person who is new to recovery. Massage therapy can also remove stress and tension from the body, allowing the mind to relax and in turn allows a person to possibly open up and heal their emotional wounds.
Acupuncture works by inserting small, thin needles into the body. The treatment is used to draw blood to the surface and encourage good circulation. It’s believed that inserting the needles into specific areas of the body releases tension, stress, and improves the flow of energy throughout a person.