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.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:

http://www.psychologytoday.com

http://addictionalternatives.com

www.wikipedia.org

 

Naturopathy

 

Naturopathy is an alternative medicine or holistic approach to healing based on the belief of vitalism. Vitalism is the belief that a special energy called ‘vital energy’ guides bodily processes such as our metabolism, reproduction, growth, and adaptation. This naturopathic medicine is defined by principles rather than by methods or modalities. Therefore the main focus of naturopathy is to honor the body’s innate wisdom to heal itself.

 

Naturopathic medicine uses a wide variety of treatments focusing on self-healing. The naturopathy type of holistic healing looks at lifestyle, medical history, emotional tone, and physical features of a person. It could begin with a physical exam if it is found necessary. Through this, naturopathy will create lifestyle changes and approaches that support the body’s innate healing potential. In order to do this naturopathy will use multiple different holistic approaches for healing. One of the main treatments naturopathic medicine uses is a nature cure. Nature cures is based on exposure to the natural elements such as fresh air, sunshine, and water. Spending time out in nature.

 

Now that we know a little bit about naturopathic medicine its good to ask how this can apply for the addict and the alcoholic. From what its known about the disease of alcoholism and addiction it is spiritual along with mental and physical. The disease consists of a mental obsession, and physical allergy and a spiritual malady. Looking at this model of the disease of alcoholism and addiction, naturopathy is a perfect medicine for the treatment of drinking and drug abuse. Many times addicts and alcoholics want an instant fix that includes some kind of pill. They want the instant pills for happiness, calmness, sleepiness, aches, pains and more. Naturopathic medicine treats all this by using the power of one’s own body and mind through what is already available to us naturally.

 

Through eating differently, exercise and spending time outdoors; naturopathy includes that which has been essential to staying healthy since the beginning of time. Going back to this for a form of innate healing due to the body itself is kind of incredible. It’s seen that this form of healing is mentioned as far back as the days of Hippocrates that is the time period of ancient Greece. These basic fundamentals that naturopathy have taken hold of have been a part of our daily lives for many years now, it’s just a matter of utilizing them.

 

For the addict and alcoholic this may give relief to many who haven’t been able to find relief through any other type of medicine. It is also a perfect alternative for those who cannot take narcotic drugs to try and fix their physical or mental issues. This type of holistic approach also focuses on the spiritual aspect with the alignments of ‘energy’ in the sense of life force. This is something that addicts and alcoholics were most definitely missing. Naturopathy is something that everyone can practice at any time its just a matter of trying to live a more healthy and holistic lifestyle instead of looking to modern medicine to fix all our problems for us.