Holistic Non 12 Step

Holistic Non 12 Step

When it comes to combating addiction and alcoholism there is a myriad of options out there on how to do it and what works best. Really, the point of it all though is to find whatever is going to work for you whatever that is. Many people use a 12 step programs to get sober and overcome their addiction and alcoholism. And other people, well they prefer a different approach and this approach is usually labeled as holistic; holistic non 12 step.

Holistic non 12 step is exactly what it sounds like. It is a program to help individuals who are suffering from an addiction or alcoholism stay sober without the use of a 12 step program such as AA or NA. A holistic approach can be very beneficial for anyone who is dealing with addiction and alcoholism because it focuses on the whole rather than just separate parts of the problem. Holistic literally defines into treating the whole meaning treating the physical, mental and spiritual parts of an individual.

So what can you expect from something that holistic non 12 step that will help you to stay sober? Here are just a few of things:

•An abundance of one-on-one, customized therapy each month

•Treatment of the underlying reasons why you are abusing substances, not just the symptoms of addiction itself

•A variety of holistic methods that provide physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual healing

•No requirement to declare yourself as powerless or incurable

Those are just a few of the things. In more detail, the varieties of holistic methods that provide physical, mental, emotional and spiritual healing are all extremely beneficial. Here are some examples of the holistic methods that a holistic non 12 step approach provides:

Acupuncture- Fine needles are inserted at specific points to stimulate, disperse, and regulate the flow of vital energy, and restore a healthy energy balance. In addition to pain relief, acupuncture is also used to improve well-being and treat acute, chronic, and degenerative conditions in children and adults.


Aromatherapy- Using “essential oils” distilled from plants, aromatherapy treats emotional disorders such as stress and anxiety as well as a wide range of other ailments. Oils are massaged into the skin in diluted form, inhaled, or placed in baths. Aromatherapy is often used in conjunction with massage therapy, acupuncture, reflexology, herb ology, chiropractic, and other holistic treatments.

Breath work- It is a simple yet powerful technique for self-exploration and healing, based on combined insights from modern consciousness research, depth psychology and perennial spiritual practices. The method activates non-ordinary states of consciousness which mobilize the spontaneous healing potential of the psyche. Sustained effective breathing, evocative music, focused energy work and mandala drawing are components of this subjective journey.

Colon Therapy- The therapeutic goals of colon therapy are to balance body chemistry, eliminate waste, and restore proper tissue and organ function. Colon therapy releases toxins, cleans the blood, stimulates the immune system, and aids in restoring the pH balance in the body. Colon Therapy, also known as colonics, is believed to relieve a wide range of symptoms related to colon dysfunction.

Chiropractic-The chiropractic views the spine as the backbone of human health: misalignments of the vertebrae caused by poor posture or trauma (such as addiction and alcoholism) cause pressure on the spinal nerve roots, leading to diminished function and illness. Through manipulation or adjustment of the spine, treatment seeks to analyze and correct these misalignments

Not only are those holistic non 12 step methods applied but also counseling and psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, hydrotherapy, massage therapy, native American sweat lodges, naturopathic medicine, Reiki, tai-chi, yoga and vitamin therapies.

Through these different methods the holistic non 12 step approach can be just as effective as the 12 step approach. Holistic non 12 step is all about healing from addiction and alcoholism just without the use of 12 steps.



Bikram Yoga: Is it a form of natural detox?

Bikram Yoga: Is it a form of natural detox?

Yoga is a mental, physical, and spiritual practice that originated in India. It employs controlled breathing and different physical postures to lengthen and strengthen the spine, increase flexibility, calm the mind, improve concentration, and promote patience.

Yoga in addiction recovery treats the physical aspect of the disease by getting the body back in shape, decreasing heart rate, and increasing levels of certain important neurotransmitters.  Exercise, such as yoga, is an important part of regaining a healthy body and reversing some of the damage that was done during active addiction. It can also improve body image, serve as a positive activity to replace drug use, and set the stage for a healthy lifestyle.

Bikram yoga is a form of “hot” yoga. It consists of traditional poses in a room heated to 105 degrees with a humidity of 40%. An active yoga session at high temperature promotes lots of sweating and makes the body very warm. The theory is that bikram yoga allows a deeper stretching and prevents injury because the muscles are very loose and warmed up. It also claims to increase circulation throughout the body.

Because of the extreme sweating and increase in circulation, Bikram yoga is said to be a form of natural detox, quickly ridding the body of toxins. For drug treatment in particular, this is very helpful. After years of using drugs and drinking, our bodies build up a lot of unwanted toxins. The drugs and drug metabolites that stay in the system can cause the withdrawal stage to last a long time. Natural detox methods like Bikram yoga can speed up the process of getting these metabolites out of your system and helping you to feel better more quickly.

Your skin is one of the best waste disposal systems you have. While it is different from your waste-extraction organs like kidneys or livers, your skin is an equally effective organ for removing waste, especially toxic wastes. When your body heats up and starts to sweat, you shed toxins through your skin.

Although it is a great form of natural detox, there are some risks involved with practicing Bikram yoga. The extreme heat and intense sweating can cause you to dehydrate very quickly, and the risk for dehydration is compounded when you are coming off drugs and alcohol. It is very important to stay hydrated during Bikram yoga, and it is probably not wise to engage in any type of exercise the first week you are off drugs and alcohol. At this point, your body tends to be very unstable and going through the most intense phase of withdrawal. You may be dizzy, nauseous, and tired. Doing Bikram yoga while you are still in a heavy withdrawal state is not recommended. You also may not be sweating like you would in a healthy state, so your body will not be able to effectively regulate temperature. If your body can’t cool itself, Bikram yoga can cause extreme overheating and even heat stroke.

DISCLAIMER/WARNING: Before you practice Bikram yoga, get consent from your doctor.