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.



Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic medicine is also known as naturopathy. The word naturopathy is derived from the Greek and Latin word which literally translates as “nature disease”.  Naturopathic medicine is a type of alternative treatment based on the belief of what is known as vitalism. Vitalism believes in a special energy called vital energy or vital force which guides the body’s processes such as metabolism, growth, reproduction and adaptation. Naturopathic medicine is along the lines of a holistic treatment because it is non-invasive and encourages little use of surgery and drugs.

Naturopathic medicine is practiced in multiple countries. Naturopathic medicine is primarily practiced in the United States and Canada. It is continually subject to different standards of regulation and levels of acceptance. Naturopathic medicine is criticized for its reliance on unproven, disproven, and controversial alternative medical treatments. Especially, for its belief in vitalism and vitalistic undertones naturopathic medicine is laughed at. To some people naturopathic medicine is considered pseudoscience or quackery. Really the main difference is that naturopathic medicine uses natural methods while saying modern science uses synthetic or artificial ones. Any treatment is capable of helping an individual get better but may also have different side effects.

Naturopathic medicine is focused on naturally-occurring substances, minimally-invasive methods and encourages natural healing. Naturopathic medicine also emphasizes prevention through stress reduction techniques, a healthy diet and healthy lifestyle. The use of pharmaceutical drugs, radiation and surgery are not recommended by naturopathic medicine.

Naturopathic medicine includes six core values. Multiple different versions of these six core values are within the doctor’s oath when beginning to practice naturopathic medicine. Here are the six core values of naturopathic medicine:

  1. Do not harm. Provide the most effective health care available with the least risk to patients at all times.
  2. Recognize, respect, and promote the self-healing power of nature that is inherently in each individual human being.
  3. Identify and remove the causes of illness, rather than eliminate or suppress symptoms.
  4. Educate, inspire rational hope and encourage self-responsibility for health
  5. Treat each person by considering all individual health factors and influences
  6. Emphasize the condition of health to promote well-being and to prevent diseases for the individual, the community, and the world.

Naturopathic medicine uses a wide variety of treatments while staying focused on natural self-healing rather than any one specific method of treatment. Some of the treatment methods used in naturopathic medicine relies on “vital energy fields”-which have yet to be proven to exist. The effectiveness of naturopathic medicine has yet to be evaluated and the efficacy of treatment methods varies greatly.

Some of the treatment methods used in naturopathic medicine are:

  • Acupuncture
  • Kinesiology
  • Botanical Medicine
  • Color Therapy
  • Colonic Enemas
  • Hair analysis
  • Homeopathy
  • Wholefood diet
  • Fasting
  • Physical Therapy
  • Psychological Counseling
  • Meditation
  • Relaxation
  • Traditional Chinese medicine
  • Stress Management

This does not include all the different treatment methods by naturopathic medicine. The main rule for naturopathic medicine is to neither prescribe nor undertake in the use of drugs, serums, potions, surgery or disease specific treatments or in other words practice conventional medicine. The belief in naturopathic medicine is that the body can naturally heal itself.