When it comes to treating alcoholism, there are many different types of treatment options to choose from. Some of the most successful are those that use a holistic approach to treat the disease. A holistic approach to treatment goes beyond just the physical and psychological aspects of alcoholism and instead treats the person as a whole, addressing all the issues that may be obstacles to their ability to stay sober.
The holistic approach is focused on helping the addicted person to find balance and harmony in all parts of life and not just on combating the drinking itself and the issues directly related to drinking. Holistic therapies and interventions are utilized throughout the recovery process, from the initial detoxification process through therapeutic choices and into aftercare when rehab is over.
Understanding the Holistic Approach
Many studies have demonstrated that holistic approaches to treating alcoholism are more successful in the long term than non-holistic approaches, but what exactly does a holistic treatment plan involve? Every treatment program will be different, and it’s important to understand what, exactly, a specific program means by a holistic approach. However, some key features that you’ll typically find in an alcoholism recovery program that prioritizes holistic care include:
- Patients and therapists working together to understand and recognize the triggers for drinking episodes
- Patients coming to an understanding of the events leading up to their struggle with alcoholism
- The use of visualization techniques, meditation and other natural aids to deal with alcohol cravings
- Discovering other ways of coping with stress than alcohol abuse
- Developing a detailed plan for staying sober after recovery is complete
Non-Traditional Approaches to Recovery
While most recovery centers and rehabilitation facilities focus on targeting some of the possible causes of alcoholism, a holistic approach looks at the big picture; it takes into consideration anything and everything that could have contributed to the development of alcoholism. So, in addition to standard counseling and therapy, a holistic recovery program might seek to find any metabolic disorders, poor nutrition habits or neurotransmitter problems that could have led to the alcoholism or contribute to cravings that may trigger relapse.
Holistic treatment also looks at where and how an addicted person lives and seeks to encourage environmental changes that could contribute to recovery. Unique methods for facilitating recovery may also be advised, such as getting adequate exercise or spending more time in the great outdoors connecting with nature
The Spiritual Side
Most people are aware that holistic approaches to recovery focus, at least somewhat, on fostering positive spiritual connections. Usually, no one religion is emphasized; it’s simply a matter of finding and connecting with something spiritual. For one person, this might mean working to know and understand oneself and one’s place in the world on a deeper level. For another, it might mean finding and attending a church or building new, healthy friendships while repairing old ones where possible. Usually, a great emphasis is also placed on forgiveness – forgiving oneself for the addiction and for any negative behaviors related to the addiction and forgiving others, especially those who may have played a role in fostering the addiction.
Holistic Alcoholism Treatment and Recovery at Michael’s House
Here at Michael’s House, our treatment approach is based on offering each patient a balanced and comprehensive treatment plan made up of medical and psychotherapeutic treatments that are relevant to their needs. Holistic care is a big part of our underlying philosophy of treatment. Contact us today to learn more about how that can manifest in the everyday experience of your loved one in alcohol rehab here at Michael’s House.