Holistic Treatment For Mental Health And Addiction

Holistic Treatment

What is Holistic Addiction Treatment?

Substance abuse and addiction are complicated problems that can take root in various physical, emotional, and social factors. Each person has a unique journey through life and requires an individualized plan to address their wants and needs. As we understand more about addiction, how it happens, and what impact it has on someone’s life, it is clear that it is a complex issue that needs a compassionate, holistic approach.

Mental health issues are not simply mental health issues, so therapy alone is not enough to support someone’s journey to sobriety. We understand addiction is not a medical issue, so it doesn’t work to treat only the symptoms. A successful treatment program must incorporate care for the person’s body, mind, and spirit.

At California Prime Recovery, we use a holistic approach to treatment for substance use and mental health disorders and keep the whole person in mind when developing treatment plans.

What Holistic Practices Are Used in Addiction Treatment?

A holistic approach to substance abuse treatment aims to connect or align a person’s mind, body, and spirit. Some commonly-used practices include:

These holistic practices are used to heal the body, soothe the mind, and relieve some physical and mental symptoms of withdrawal. They allow people to identify their strengths, develop healthy coping mechanisms, and support a sense of grounding. They are practices that promote relaxation, help people feel safe, and encourage them to address their addiction’s underlying causes. Holistic treatment increases a sense of self-worth and improves self-esteem. Using these techniques can give people a better chance of achieving sobriety and maintaining it long-term.

What Role Does Mental Health Have in Addiction Treatment?

Mental health issues are often causative factors of substance abuse, and the effects of some substances can cause the symptoms of mental illness to be challenging to manage. When treating substance abuse, it is essential to assess the whole person. Each person must receive care that considers their past, present situation, and hopes for the future. Part of understanding how to treat someone holistically means untangling their mental health issues from their substance abuse and treating both of these issues.

Taking care of the body and mind is essential, and a holistic approach works well for many people as they work towards recovery and sobriety. Many commonly-used holistic treatments have a positive effect on the symptoms of mental illness. They can provide calming and centering sensations, and many allow people to gain more control over their thought patterns.

What Evidence-Based Approach Has the Best Results?

It is not enough to focus on only the physical aspects of substance abuse and addiction. To give people the best chance at recovery and allow them to live healthy, full lives, they must be treated as whole beings who belong to a community. Holistic rehab programs do not ignore the evidence-based approach of medical detox and therapy. Instead, the holistic approach weaves other supportive practices into traditional treatment programs to treat the whole person. This range of methods lets people take part in their recovery and gives them a chance to process their physical and emotional changes in several ways.

When people are provided thoughtful, holistic care, they are more likely to take an interest in their recovery and utilize the tools they need to stay sober and live a whole, self-directed life as part of their community.

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Alyssa Mueller


Alyssa Mueller is an Associate Clinical Social Worker. She holds a Master of Social Work with a concentration in Community Mental Health from California State University of Fullerton as well as a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies with an emphasis on intercultural and interpersonal communication from California State University of Long Beach. Compassion, empowerment and unconditional positive regard are the foundations of her clinical practice, Alyssa has a passion for helping others and her priority is to hold space for clients to feel heard, to feel safe and to find fulfillment and self-love on their recovery journey. Alyssa specializes in addiction treatment, self-esteem building, mindfulness practices, grief and loss, trauma informed care, and self-compassion as well as individual and family therapy. She has extensive experience working with high risk populations in various clinical settings such as partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient care, outpatient treatment, schools, and community outreach. Alyssa uses a client centered and holistic approach to address the client as a whole person in order to help them to feel empowered and facilitate their confidence and independence.

Charee Marquez

LMFT - Clinical Director

Charee has worked in the recovery field for 10 years.Charee is dedicated to supporting and inspiring clients to live a healthy lifestyle filled with meaning and purpose.Charee has extensive clinical experience within the recovery field in both inpatient and outpatient settings.She specializes in working with individuals and families affected by the disease of addiction however she has also clinical experience in assisting individuals,couples and families in working through a variety of concerns,including: depression,anxiety,relationship & communication issues,substance abuse,grief & loss,trauma, life transitions, and many others.Charee works with each client to specialize their treatment plan with what works best for the client in a compassionate and effective way. She emphasizes the strength of every individual client and fosters an environment of personal growth and internal healing from a mind, body and spiritual approach.Charee received her Bachelor of Arts from Seton Hall University, Majoring in Psychology and Minoring in Women and Gender Studies, in addition to her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California.

Stephen Carmel

Founder & CEO

I began my journey to recovery back in 2011 when I moved to California from New York.Along wiht my recovery and beginning a new way of life,I began to develop a heart for others struffling with sobriety.My journey to California was filled with many trials and lessons learned, but most of all, personal growht.I truly believe i would not have found success if I didn’t come to California.I started CPR as a way to work with people in recovery on a daily basis and it evolved into something much more beautiful. I have also come to realize that my own personal happiness and recovery depends on being involved in the lives of people in recovery. Helping others recover is a cornerstone of many 12 step programs, as it is here. Giving back to those still suffering, is the only way not to lose what you have gained. It is the paradox that we live by every day.