Holistic Drug Rehab Versus Traditional Drug Rehab

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Holistic Drug Rehab Versus Traditional Drug Rehab Addiction Treatment
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Both holistic drug rehabilitation and traditional drug rehab offer the same root treatments to address the basic physical and psychological needs of a recovering addict.

Each rehab type starts with a medical detox to break the intense physical addiction to the substance that has been abused. Then a variety of talk therapy methodologies are employed to help the individual explore the feelings and emotions that surround their drug addiction. However, these basic therapies that should be a part of any quality drug treatment program may not be enough for many people battling addiction.

Holistic drug treatment is a term used to describe a rehabilitation program that aims to treat the whole person. Where traditional treatment addresses the basic physical, emotional and mental needs of the individual, holistic rehab goes much deeper into each of these areas and adds a stronger spiritual component as well.

In addition to the therapies traditional rehab provides, holistic rehabilitation also offers treatments that speak to all levels of a person such as:

  • Physical exercise (both in a gym and in the great outdoors)
  • Tai chi
  • Meditation
  • Acupuncture
  • Equine Therapy
  • Yoga
  • Nutritional awareness
  • Eastern philosophy
  • Massage

These are only a few possible examples because every holistic rehab has its own unique combination of treatments. These additional therapies address multiple aspects of an individual’s body, mind and spirit. They also give the patient an opportunity to learn coping skills they can use to maintain their sobriety for a lifetime.

Holistic Drug Rehab Addresses Dual Diagnosis

Research has shown that over half of people with a mental disorder also have an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. These two diseases go hand-in-hand because individuals with a mental illness often use drugs to self-medicate in order to deal with the symptoms of their disorder. This is known as having a “Dual Diagnosis.”

Although drug abuse and psychological diagnoses are linked, they need different dual diagnosis treatments and professionals who understand the aspects of the two types of illness.

Holistic rehabilitation programs have the appropriate mental health professionals on staff to manage simultaneously treating both issues.

A person may have a Dual Diagnosis and be unaware of it. That is why holistic drug rehabs provide a complete evaluation of each patient to make sure everyone’s needs are fully addressed while in treatment. This gives each patient a greater chance of a successful recovery.

Holistic Drug Rehab Provides Individualized Care

Holistic-type rehabs are better able to design treatment programs to specifically meet the needs of each patient because, very simply, they provide more options.

In traditional rehab programs they have only a few choices of potential treatments. Each patient is medically detoxed and then participates in some form of psychotherapy. The patient may have a say in which type of talk therapy is best for them, but that is where the options end.

In holistic rehab centers, there are so many choices for work mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually that each patient can tailor a drug treatment program that works specifically for them. With guidance from experienced professionals, each patient gets care to fit their particular wants and needs.

Holistic Drug Rehab Explores Your Spirituality

Traditional drug rehab usually uses some form of a 12-step program as the basis for their spiritual component. These 12-step programs usually offer a more rigid type of spirituality. The person in recovery is not allowed to explore their own beliefs, but to accept the tenets of the 12-step program without question. This type of spirituality alone works for some people, but is not effective for many others.

Different rehab types, such as the holistic approach, allow the patient to be more involved in taking charge of their spiritual thoughts and beliefs.

Through alternative therapies such as yoga, meditation or tai chi, patients are allowed to go deep within themselves and get in touch with the thoughts and beliefs they lost connection to during their period of addiction. This allows the patient to have a more intimate relationship with their spirituality and therefore will be a more effective tool to guide them through difficult times where relapse might be a potential.

Finding the Right Holistic Rehabilitation for You

If you are looking to have the most options for recovery, individualized care and the ability to explore the forgotten parts of yourself then a holistic type rehab will be the best fit for you.

For more information about choices and locations, contact us today. Don’t wait another day to start your journey to sobriety.


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