Holistic drug treatment is one form of addiction treatment used in rehabilitation centers in the United States. While there is no body of research confirming this is an effective method of treatment, there is some research that indicates that a person’s satisfaction with their treatment is a motivating factor to continue treatment and finish with a program, which is a major factor in achieving recovery in the long-term.
What is a Holistic Treatment Program?
A study done by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health found that more than one third of adults in the United States use a form of holistic medicine. Holistic rehab programs use a mental, physical, and spiritual model in order to treat addiction and substance abuse. These types of techniques are generally referred to as alternative treatments and tend to be based on practices close to nature or practices that come from cultural traditions. Some examples of holistic treatment include massage, yoga and meditation, herbal medicines, acupuncture, and Reiki and other forms of energy work.
Goals of Holistic Treatment
Holistic treatment has the goal of treating the whole person instead of just one aspect of a person’s symptoms or their behaviors. Effective treatment for addiction should address the individual as whole rather than just the behavioral aspects of the person’s addiction. This is because the goal of the treatment is to address all of the underlying reasons that helped cause the destructive behavior to begin in the first place.
An effective form of recovery support is staying at a sober living home. Tharros House is one such sober living home located in Lexington, Massachusetts. Tharros House residents have the benefit of a support group plus access to counseling services. Many people suffering from addiction can benefit from participating in a sober living home as part of their recovery process.