According to PsychCentral, addiction forms whenever a pleasurable behavior — like substance abuse — takes hold of a person and begins inflicting negative consequences on the individual’s life due to their inability to stop engaging in the addictive behavior. While there are many forms of addiction, a dependency on drugs or alcohol is certainly the most common. Across the nation, there were approximately 23.9 million people using illicit substances or abusing a psychotherapeutic drug in the past month, per a 2012 survey by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Drug abuse is increasingly common; however, the illegal status of most drugs keeps many away from abusing them. While there may be a certain stigma against illegal behaviors that inhibit some from engaging in drug use, alcohol is one substance that’s fair game for those 21 and over. In 2012, around 17 million people aged 18 or older struggled with an alcohol use disorder in the United States, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. For those struggling with both drug and alcohol abuse issues, addiction treatment facilities can help them get well. For many, holistic rehabilitation options are ideal as they offer a more natural, whole-body approach to sobriety and wellness.
The price of holistic care facilities varies significantly, just as it does with traditional centers; some may be more expensive than average while others are far cheaper.
What is most important in deciding where to get help is not the price tag it comes with, but whether the facility’s services meet all of your needs inside and out.
Holistic medicine is simply a form of care that focuses on not just the physical body, but also the mind, spirit, and feelings of a patient, per WebMD. Facilities that focus on holistic methods of substance abuse treatment are skilled at treating the whole individual. Rather than treating just the addiction, this care takes into account all aspects of the person’s life, helping to ensure a more comprehensive recovery process.
The number of patients seeking natural treatment options is on the rise. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine notes that 38.3 percent of adults were using some form of complementary or alternative medicine in 2007, up from 36 percent in 2002. Additionally, NCCAM notes 11.8 percent of children using at least one use of alternative medicine in 2007.
Some of the things you can expect to experience at a holistic facility, per Psychology Today, include:
What to Expect
- Massage therapy
- Energy psychology
In general, the cost of these treatments are fairly level in comparison with what you’d pay for them outside of a treatment facility. There have been far more studies completed on the efficacy of standard treatment methods that are inclusive of pharmaceutical medications than anything else in the world of substance abuse treatment. This isn’t to say the methods listed above don’t work, but the evidence to back up the claims many of these facilities attest to doesn’t exist yet.
First and foremost, a period of detoxification is vital for most addicts. For some who suffer from certain dependencies, detox may not be necessary. For most with more severe addictions, however, supervised detox at a medical facility is recommended.
Most treatment programs begin with detox shortly after admission. The care you get from this point on will depend on what substance you’re dependent on. Some people prefer more natural methods of detox, using only holistic treatments, such as acupuncture or massage, to help cope with the discomfort of detox. Common holistic practices for detox include meditation and mindfulness as well as professional practices like hypnotherapy and nutritional assessments. More traditional treatment facilities may utilize prescription medications to counteract the effects of withdrawal.
When medications are being forgone, as they often are in holistic care situations, other methods are used to treat the individual’s needs — mostly commonly, therapy. While therapy is always a foundation of addiction treatment, it truly takes center stage in holistic care. One of the primary and most effective therapeutic remedies for substance abuse is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. The National Alliance on Mental Illness defines this type of therapy as being centered on what links a patient’s thoughts to their behaviors and trying to rewire that relationship. On average, HealthCentral cites CBT as having a 50 percent success rate.
Many professionals also use Dialectical Behavior Therapy as a way to remediate the patient’s tendency to overreact to situations that emotionally upset them. Per Social Work Today, only 36 percent of drug-dependent patients with borderline personality receiving DBT dropped out of treatment, as compared to 73 percent not receiving it. Group therapy and support groups are also commonly utilized among the holistic substance abuse treatment community.
Acceptance and commitment therapy is also widely prescribed in the holistic health world. In a study published in the journal of Drug and Alcohol Dependence, end of treatment outcomes for opioid addiction were compared among patients who received ACT, showing a 37 percent success rate for detox and those who received drug counseling showing only a 19 percent detox rate. For the majority of holistic substance abuse centers, the patient can expect to engage in exercise therapies, sometimes worked into group activities like hiking and yoga.
It is possible that you’re battling more than drug or alcohol abuse and totally unaware of it. In fact, 53 percent of people who abuse drugs also have an underlying mental illness, and 37 percent of alcohol abusers do, per Helpguide. You will be screened for mental health disorders at most professional rehab centers. Often, an undiagnosed illness, such as bipolar disorder, leads the patient to use illicit substances or alcohol as a form of self-medication to numb the symptoms of the disorder. When a properly supervised prescribed treatment is rendered, the effects of disorder are far less frequent and prominent.
In 2012, about 2.5 million individuals sought treatment for substance abuse in America, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Unfortunately, another 20.6 million people were in need of treatment and never received it. Which group would you rather belong to?
At Rehab International, there’s no shortage of compassion for what you’re going through. We’re ready and waiting for your call. Dial our number today and speak with one of our caring admissions coordinators about the steps you need to take to reach a sober and drug-free life. We can connect you with the best rehab center that can help you achieve the life you want.