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.

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Homeopathy is a form of alternative or holistic medicine. The practitioners of homeopathy treat their patients by using highly diluted preparations that are believed to cause symptoms in healthy individuals similar to the undesired symptoms of the person treated. While homeopathy falls under the category of holistic health there is no scientific evidence that prove homeopathy is any more effective than a placebo.

Homeopathy is a vitalist philosophy that diagnosis diseases and sicknesses as caused by disturbances in a person’s hypothetical vital force also known as life force. Each disturbance is recognized in the patient as the different symptoms. Based on the symptoms or disturbances of the vital force a practitioner of homeopathy can determine what kind of homeopathic preparations to use on the patient. Homeopathy says that the vital force or life force has the ability to adapt and react to internal and external causes or sources; homeopaths refer to this as the law of susceptibility. The law of susceptibility as described by the founder of homeopath, Hahnemann, implies that a negative state of mind can attract hypothetical disease entities that can invade the body and then produce symptoms of disease by disrupting the life force or vital force of an individual.
The term used to describe the solution to the law of susceptibility is known as a remedy. Remedy is a technical term in homeopathy that refers to a substance which has been prepared with a particular procedure and intended for patient use which should not be confused with the more common use of the word which means “a medicine or therapy that cures disease or relieves pain”. Homeopathy uses animal, plant, mineral, and synthetic substances when comprising remedies. Examples of such remedies are:

  • The venom of the bushmaster snake
  • Thyroid Hormone
  • Arsenic Oxide
  • Opium

Homeopaths use these remedies to create the same symptoms in their patients as the disease they are suffering from in order to create strength within the vital force or life force so that it may push out the negative influence as explained by the law of susceptibility. Homeopaths begin their treatment by getting a detailed patient history and background. Homeopathy asks questions regarding an individual’s physical, mental, and emotional states. Along with these they also ask what their life circumstances are and if there are any physical or emotional illnesses. The homeopath then attempts to translate this information into a compilation of mental and physical symptoms, including likes, dislikes, innate predispositions, and even body type. Based on the symptoms and the entire information gather above the homeopath chooses how to treat the patient. Homeopaths do this by using the homeopathic repertory, a book of remedies, where they can look up the symptoms for a particular remedy in the index.
Homeopathy achieved its popularity in the 19th century with Dr. John Franklin Gray. Dr. Gray was the first practitioner of Homeopathy in the United States, beginning in 1828 in New York City. The first homeopathic schools opened in 1830, and throughout the 19th century dozens of homeopathic institutions appeared in Europe and the United States. By 1900, there were 22 homeopathic colleges and 15,000 practitioners in the United States. The medical practice of the time relied on ineffective and often dangerous treatments and because of these patients of homeopaths often had better outcomes than those of the doctors of the time. From its creation, however, homeopathy was criticized by mainstream science. The last school in the U.S. exclusively teaching homeopathy closed in 1920. However, in the mid to late 1970s, homeopathy made a significant comeback and sales of some homeopathic companies increased tenfold. From that point pharmaceutical companies and the medical profession saw the business benefits of selling homeopathic remedies and have done so since the 1990’s.
**We understand that homeopathy is not based or founded on scientific evidence but at one point were found to be quite common and are based in holistic principles. The use of this type of treatment today is not recommended and if you feel you are sick it is best to see a medical doctor. If you choose to not use pharmaceuticals it is best that you look into what kind of treatment methods are safe and will work for you.