Substance use disorder, also known as addiction, is listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) as a complex, chronic brain disorder. It is characterized by compulsively engaging in rewarding stimuli without regard for consequence. An individual that struggles with addiction will prioritize satisfying his or her drug cravings above all else. This will affect all areas of one’s life and can lead to damaged relationships, financial strain, legal complications, and adverse health consequences. Substance use disorder alters one’s brain functioning to accommodate the excessive use of drugs or alcohol. Addiction does not develop overnight, nor should an individual expect his or her recovery from substance use disorder to occur instantaneously. There is no universal treatment method that proves successful for every person struggling with substance abuse and/ or addiction, as everyone is unique with nuanced and distinct needs.
There are many treatment options for those struggling with addiction. Every person is different and will require a customized treatment plan to ensure all nuanced needs are accommodated. It is becoming increasingly common to integrate traditional psychotherapeutic methods, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), psychodynamic psychotherapy, interpersonal therapy (IPT), and more along with holistic treatment modalities into recovery plans for individuals struggling with substance abuse and/ or addiction. The recovery process is entirely personal, and tailored treatment plans will be directly informed by one’s personality, mental health, and emotional needs.
Holistic medicine, as explained by Healthline, “is a whole-body approach to healthcare [that] aims to improve health and wellness through the body, mind, and soul.” Hence, holistic treatment includes holistic approaches, which are non-medical recovery methods, used to complement traditional treatment practices. Holistic treatment modalities that may be integrated into one’s treatment plan could include, but are not limited to the following:
- Massage therapy
- Reiki: is defined as “an energy healing technique that promotes relaxation, reduces stress and anxiety through gentle touch.”
- Tai Chi: is defined as a “noncompetitive, self-paced system of gentle physical exercise and stretching.”
- Nutritional therapy
- Meditation: is defined as “a set of techniques that are intended to encourage a heightened state of awareness and focused attention.”
- Acupuncture: is defined as “an originally Chinese practice of inserting fine needles through the skin at specific points, especially to cure disease or relieve pain.”
- Biofeedback: is explained as “a mind-body therapy that can improve physical and mental health.”
- Expressive arts therapy
- Spiritual therapy
The purpose of integrating holistic practices into one’s treatment plan is to layer one’s treatment by offering additional approaches to one’s recovery process. Not all individuals will find holistic treatment options helpful, and conversely, some individuals may find that holistic treatment options resonate more than traditional treatment practices. Much like the treatment plans for everyone in recovery are reflective of his or her distinct needs, many individuals do find that incorporating a combination of both traditional treatment methods and holistic treatment beneficial to their recovery process and continued success.
For Information and Support
If you are concerned for yourself or a loved one regarding substance abuse and/ or addiction, we recommend reaching out for help as soon as possible. If left untreated, substance abuse can result in long-lasting and potentially life-threatening consequences. Keep in mind: you are not alone! There is an entire network of professionals that are available to help and support you and your loved one throughout the recovery process. The earlier you seek support, the sooner your loved one can return to a happy, healthy, and fulfilling life.
Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions regarding our specific program at Haven House Addiction Treatment and/ or general substance abuse and/ or addiction treatment-related information. Our highly trained staff is readily available to discuss how we might best be able to help you and your loved one. We can be reached by phone at 424-258-6792. You are also welcome to contact anytime us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.