Holistic Drug Treatment vs. Alternative Drug Treatment

Holistic Drug Treatment vs. Alternative Drug Treatment


What is Holistic Drug Treatment?

Holistic drug rehab is centered on the belief that individuals battling addiction are people who need and deserve treatment for their entire being, not just their dependence.

First to know what to look for in a holistic drug rehab center you must know the definition of holistic and what kind of practices are under that definition. Holistic means to treat the whole instead of the parts. Holistic practices are those that treat an entire mind, body and spirit. Knowing this holistic drug rehab centers offer things such as; acupuncture, yoga, meditation, aromatherapy, equine therapy, and tai-chi. All of these are holistic practices because they treat the body’s mental, physical and spiritual functions.

Spirituality plays a role in recovery. Clients often turned to substances in order to fill an empty hole. The temporary effects of being high or drunk can make that feeling go away for a bit, but eventually return. The spiritual component to holistic drug rehabilitation can help manifest in clients a new sense of purpose.

One of the ways that holistic drug treatment facilities attempt to attend to the whole person and to individualize care is by providing such alternative treatments—including acupuncture, energy psychology, equine-assisted therapy, neurofeedback, psychodrama, Reiki, somatic experiencing, and massage therapy.

Often times, holistic drug treatment programs are based on a 12 Step program philosophy, which recognizes the importance of having a spiritual foundation in order to begin recovery from addiction.

Holistic Drug Treatment vs. Alternative Drug Treatment

Although they are used interchangeably, alternative drug treatment typically means drug treatment that is wholly different from other modalities of addiction treatment. Holistic programs may offer “alternative” medicine and techniques such as yoga, meditation, acupuncture, and so on. Alternative drug treatment does not promote the 12 Step program philosophies, which recognizes addiction as a combination of physical allergy, mental obsession, and spiritual malady. Alternative drug treatment takes a different approach and seemingly identifies only one or two of these on which to focus.

For example, Narconon is an alternative drug treatment program that consists of six elements: exercise, sauna, supplements, sufficient liquids, regular diet with fresh vegetables, and adequate sleep. It employs courses or “training routines” (TRs) that supposedly rehabilitate drug abusers.

Another alternative drug treatment facility boasts a program of moderation. The approach is to teach clients how to acquire feelings of joy or satisfaction from the more typical activities of life. The goal is not necessarily to have clients stop their drug(s) of choice and/or addictive behavior 100% as is the approach of the 12 Steps and those who treat addiction only as a brain disease.


Its program states that it is unlike 12 Step recovery because it offers a wide range of “goal options” specific to the addictive behavior. Each goal requires a different strategy and results in a different outcome regarding the substance or behavior of your concern, from complete abstinence to solely abstinent from the drug(s) of choice, to moderation of the “problem” drug, to reduction of problem behavior to a “less harmful state.”














Transformational Breathing

“The human body is designed to discharge 70% of its toxins through breathing. Only a small percentage of toxins are discharged through sweat, defecation, and urination. If your breathing is not operating at peak efficiency, you are not ridding yourself of toxins properly.” – Gav Hendricks, PhD

Transformational breathing has long been used by meditators as a way to “inner peace”, health and vitality. Transformational breathing can be used as a calming technique and is also an excellent way to release stress and long held tension which may have been stored in the body as a result of mental, emotional or physical trauma. Transformational breathing is known by many other names, “conscious breath”, “intentional breathing” but essentially they are all the same thing. Conscious use of breathing is applied to develop a very deep and revealing state of inner consciousness.

Transformational breathing is a self-empowering healing process that can create a big change within your life. Transformational breathing is a very powerful self-healing process that utilizes the power and energy from one full breath to create major differences in your electro-magnetic field. These changes are in the way you feel physically. It reflects the way energy flows inside your system and how the life force accesses your being. It also reflects and changes behavioral patterns therefore enhancing your quality of life. The three levels of transformational breathing allow you to breath more fully, have more energy, feel more peaceful, more loving and ultimately attain higher levels of spiritual consciousness.

Transformational breathing opens and clears restricted breathing patterns therefore production more energy, increased detoxification of the body, better health, improved respiratory capacity, a strengthened immune system and more balance.  Transformational breathing also clears the subconscious mind which allows us to resolve stress, create the relaxation response, permanently clear repressed emotions such as anger, fear, anxiety, guilt and depression. Transformational breathing also removes old mental tapes and programs of limitation and lack, which creates more peace, creativity and clarity. It releases past traumas located in the cellular memory of all of us.

Transformational breathing works because it is based on the universal principle of entrainment that simply states that a lower vibrational pattern can permanently be changed into a higher frequency by coming into contact with a higher vibrational energy source. That is why you feel lighter and clearer after being bathed with the higher vibrational energy that transformational breathing brings. This can create permanent healing and transformation. Thus we have transformational breathing.

Transformational breathing allows easier accessibility to higher dimensions and levels of consciousness which gives us all a stronger connection to a “higher self”, fuller expression of spiritual gifts, deeper meditation, opening to the “mystical”, and awareness of unity consciousness. Transformational breathing can also be used in these therapeutic ways:

  • Pain control
  • Heart Conditions
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Panic Attacks
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Phobias
  • Infertility
  • Headaches
  • Addictions
  • Apnea

Transformational breathing can help with so much more than just these therapeutic ailments also.

 Information gathered from A Place For The Heart and Body Works Healing Center.