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.
Clinically Reviewed by: Charee Marquez, LMFT
Review Date: 3/1/2023
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.
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.
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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