How do holistic drug treatment centers work?

 

holistic drug treatment center

Holistic health is a concept in medicine that views all aspects of a person’s needs including psychological, physical, and social and asserts the importance that all of these be taken into account when treating a patient. Often synonymous with the term alternative medicine, this approach claims that disease, in this case addiction, is a result of physical, emotional, spiritual, social and/or environmental imbalance.

Holistic drug treatment centers take this approach because it is in line with the working definition of addiction, which is perceived to be a three-fold disease: it is a spiritual malady, a physical allergy, and a mental obsession. In other words, addiction afflicts the body, mind, and spirit.

So, what are holistic drug treatment centers?

In the field of drug addiction treatment, holistic drug treatment centers often offer much of the same services as typical treatment centers however, in addition to this, they offer a wider variety of ancient and cutting-edge techniques for healing the individual who suffers from drug addiction. And thus, Holistic drug treatment centers provide treatment approaches that address each “part” that make up the “whole” of the individual.

Physical allergy: Substance abuse in alcoholics and addicts is more than a physical dependence; it is an actual physical allergy. When a true alcoholic or addict introduces a chemical substance into their system, it causes a chain reaction in their brain that initiates a cycle of drug use and abuse patterns that cannot be broken by sheer willpower.

Methods for addressing the physical symptoms:

Holistic drug treatment centers incorporate the use of medication along with offering yoga and exercise classes; beach outings; fishing; sports such as golfing and volleyball; nutrition support; vitamin therapy; acupuncture; chiropractic treatment; Native American sweat lodges; spa treatments; steam rooms and saunas.

Mental obsession: Addiction involves mental aspects. Even when alcoholics and addicts want to stop using, they experience obsessive thoughts about their drug(s) of choice. This obsession is extremely strong and impossible to ignore.

Methods for addressing mental obsession:

Holistic drug treatment centers offer meditation; different types of therapy such as: one-on-one and group psychotherapy (talk therapy); hypnotherapy; Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR); cognitive; behavioral; journaling, music therapy; massage therapy.

Spiritual malady: Alcoholics and addicts often use drugs in order to fill a perceived void that they experience. Holistic drug treatment centers identify this “void” as a lack of spirituality.

Methods for addressing spiritual malady:

Holistic drug treatment centers promote attending 12 Step meetings which speak to the need of having a spiritual foundation and encourage finding one’s own spirituality; yoga and meditation (which also address spiritual needs); Native American sweat lodges (addresses both physical cleansing and spirituality).

Holistic drug treatment centers focus on treating the individual as a whole and identify the importance of having a well-rounded program of recovery. The techniques and methods they use are geared towards having lasting effects for overall success in recovery. As well, they promote the formation of new, healthy habits and instill in patients the ways in which they can continue to implement them in their lives going forward from treatment.

How To Find A Holistic Doctor

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How to find a holistic doctor

How to find a holistic doctor

How to find a holistic doctor

Holistic healthcare is becoming increasingly more popular in the United States, so finding a holistic doctor is easier than ever. However, it may take more leg work than finding a regular doctor. When you are looking for a holistic doctor, keep in mind these general criteria:

  • The doctor is devoted to healing the whole person: mind, body and spirit
  • The doctor allows you to be part of the decision making process regarding treatment
  • The doctor offers both traditional and alternative treatments
  • The doctor responsibly explains all possible courses of treatment for each ailment
  • The doctor guards patient confidentiality
  • The doctor has some sort of formal training in holistic medical practices

How to find a holistic doctor: Resources

Check with labs that perform alternative medicine nutritional testing and ask them for a list of holistic doctors in the area

Ask friends to refer you to a competent holistic doctor: Referrals can often be the best way to find a holistic doctor that has a reputable practice.

Go to local health food stores: Health food stores and holistic medicine stores often will have bulletins or ads by holistic doctors in the area.

Check the internet: Several holistic medical associations have online directories which can be searched for your area. Some of the sites contain just holistic doctors while others also list doctors in in other holistic fields, such as N.D.s (doctors of naturopathy). The professional associations that have searchable internet directories include:

  • American College for Advancement in Medicine
  • American Academy of Environmental Medicine
  • International Society for Orthomolecular Medicine
  • American Association of Neuropathic Medicine
  • American Holistic Medicine Association

Look in the local phone book or online yellow pages under the headings for complementary doctors, integrative medicine or alternative therapies, or under the headings for the treatment you are looking for such as acupuncture, homeopathy or naturopathy.

How to find a holistic doctor: How to narrow it down.

Call the office and ask for patient referrals and hospital associations.

Interview the doctors. Some questions you might want to ask include:

1. What complementary therapies and treatments do you use in your practice?

2. What kind of treatment do you recommend for my condition?

3. What kind of holistic medical training do you have?

4. Why do you think it’s important to combine traditional treatment and holistic practices?

5. What will be my role in treatment decisions?

6. How will I know if a treatment or therapy is working?

7. How often will I have treatment or therapy for my condition?

8. How long have you been practicing holistic medicine?

9. Do you accept my medical insurance? What will my co-pay or out of pocket costs be for therapy and treatment? Do you have a payment plan?

10. What are your office hours and how available are you outside of office hours? Do you have someone on call when you are not available? Does he or she share your views on holistic medicine?

11. What will be involved in the initial visit?