Holistic Drug Treatment

Holistic Drug Treatment

Holistic drug treatment offers an alternative to the traditional and standard drug treatment methods used today. Is holistic drug treatment right for everyone? Not necessarily but for some people it can work wonders. At holistic drug treatment an addict or alcoholic gets the benefit of not only having their mind and body healed but also their spirit. Holistic drug treatment also has the added benefit of helping with some issues outside of drug addiction and alcoholism. Holistic drug treatment helps many addicts and alcoholics find a stronger sense of self and well-being in comparison to a program to that only focuses on the physical aspect of their drug addiction.

So what is the difference between holistic drug treatment and standard drug treatment?

Standard drug treatment usually follows the philosophy that drug addiction is primarily and in some instances only a physical or neurological problem. Standard drug treatment that focuses only on treating the physical symptoms and suppressing the urge to use drugs with medications are not set up for long term success and well-being for the addict and alcoholic. A program that uses standard drug treatment protocol doesn’t always address an addict’s or alcoholic’s feelings, desires or any psychological issues that may be going on. Standard drug treatment takes a therapeutic and psychological approach towards treating addiction with things like group counseling and talk therapy (one on one). These drug treatment programs go with the idea that addiction is physical but that the addiction started with something like codependency, depression, feelings of not being good enough and other problems.

A holistic drug treatment plan on the other hand takes the time to address the physical needs but it doesn’t just stop with the physical. Holistic drug treatment takes a look at person’s mental state. For instance, holistic drug treatment looks at the emotions, urges, feelings and treats them as just as much, if not more, of a component to the physical part of the addiction. Most holistic treatments, whether they are for drug treatment or any other kind of treatment, focus on a person’s spiritual side or energy without having any type of religious affiliations. Each person’s individual spirituality is addressed in a way that they are comfortable with. Holistic drug treatment realizes that addiction and alcoholism don’t just affect the mind and body but also the spirit. Holistic drug treatment also treatts the physical addiction and uses things such as group counseling and talk therapy to help the addict and alcoholic deal with why they started using. But holistic drug treatment goes one step further, it treats the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of people and their addiction, with the thought that they all have equal importance in getting well. Holistic drug treatment will use alternative methods of treatment such as yoga, meditation, sweat lodge, massage therapy, acupuncture, hypnosis and nutrition to focus on treating the entire person instead of just the addiction. Spiritual counseling may even be a part of holistic drug treatment. The purpose of holistic drug treatment is to give someone not only freedom from their addiction and alcoholism but give them freedom as a human being a spiritual being.

How to Massage

How to Massage

By Jenny Hunt

February 16, 2012

Massage therapy has been utilized since the beginning of medicine to treat various conditions. Massage therapy reduces pain, soothes tired muscles, and reduces inflammation. Medical research has shown that massage therapy releases endorphins and can improve the outcomes of people suffering from depression and addiction. Massage has even been shown to reduce blood pressure and anxiety.

Many people are interested in learning how to massage at home. With a few tools and techniques, anyone can give a great massage in the comfort of their own home.

The first step in learning how to massage is learning how to prepare the environment for the massage. You should choose a quiet room, free of distractions. The room should be a comfortable temperature without drafts. Dimming the lights and putting on soothing music can also add to the experience.

The second step in learning how to massage is having the necessary tools for the massage. You should have the person you are massaging lie down on a firm mattress or a futon if possible. If you don’t have a firm mattress or futon, the person can sit in a chair backwards so that you have access to their back and neck. The second most important tool you will need in learning how to massage is good massage oil. Some massage oils leave you feeling too greasy, others are unpleasant smelling and can ruin the massage. Worse yet, certain massage oils can irritate the skin or cause an allergic reaction. Sweet almond oil is a favorite among massage therapists. It is reasonably priced and usually does not irritate the skin. Other popular massage oils include jojoba oil, fractionated coconut oil, apricot kernel oil, and sunflower oil.

When people want to learn how to massage at home, they are most interested in the actual massage techniques. When you begin the massage, you should target large muscle groups like the shoulders, neck, back and legs. This way you are relieving damage, but avoiding the possibility of doing any damage. When you are first learning how to massage, you should make sure the person you are massaging tells you if they feel any pain or if the pressure is too intense. For the maximum effect, begin with the shoulders and work down the arms. Then target the upper back, lower back and legs; all the way down to the feet.

One of the biggest mistakes people make when they don’t know how to massage is massaging only with their thumbs. This can put a lot of strain on those muscles. To avoid an injury, incorporate the heel of your hand, your fist, and even your elbow into the massage. You may want to start with soft, fluid strokes with the palm of your hand and then move on to more intense massaging techniques.

The circling hand technique is a great method to try when learning how to massage. Your right hand should be perpendicular to her spine with your fingers pointing to her left. Make counterclockwise semicircular motion with your fingers always pointing in the same direction. Once you’ve gone a few inches, have your left hand take over.

Once you know how to massage, you can surprise your partner with your skill. Massage increases the bond between two people, enhances intimacy, and feels great