The Acupuncture and Massage College in Florida defines holistic medicine as, “An approach to health and healing that takes the whole person into consideration.” Holistic care has become a more widespread approach to addiction recovery as researchers have proven time and time again just how inextricably linked the mind, body and spirit are. Substance abuse – whether through alcohol, prescription medications or illicit drugs, tampers with a person’s wellness in ways that cannot be repaired unless time is dedicated to treating a whole person. Client’s are made up of more than just their physical struggles – some of have had traumatic incidents occur in the past, while others may be attempting to manage a mental illness. The spectrum of life experiences and needs fluctuates depending on the person, and that’s why holistic care is so important – because it takes all of this important information into account. An article published by The Fix, a popular website that publishes information on addiction and recovery, explained that holistic care isn’t so “alternative” anymore – and in fact, “alternative” treatment modalities such as meditation, equine therapy and others have been found to work well alongside more traditional approaches to treatment, such as therapy. In 2018, U.S. News highlighted several types of holistic treatment approaches that have been highly effective for those in addiction recovery, such as:
- Art therapy – provides a safe, healing outlet for exploring thoughts and emotions that may otherwise be difficult to express verbally
- Yoga – promotes mental, physical and spiritual fitness through postures and breathing exercises
- Equine therapy – by building a connection with horses, clients can become more grounded and better capable of accessing feelings and emotions that may have otherwise been hidden
If you’re ready to begin your journey towards recovery, speak with a professional from The Arbor today. It’s never too late to turn your life around.
Arbor Behavioral Healthcare offers an integrative and holistic approach to treat substance abuse and a wide variety of addictions, as well as underlying mental health and psychological issues. All of the addiction recovery programs offered by The Arbor are designed to heal the mind, body, and spirit leading to a lifetime of sobriety, health and wellness. If you’re ready to find healing and restoration in a peaceful, loving environment, please call us today at 844-560-7269.