Addiction recovery is such a sensitive, vulnerable process – because with so many factors at play, a person requires an integration of treatment methods personalized to fit their needs in order to achieve optimal results. Treatment centers used to focus strictly on Western methods of treatment – such as through medication and intervention programs to address substance use disorder (SUD) concerns. Over time, however, it was noted that not everyone responds well to solely these types of treatment – and by integrated a variety of other approaches, those seeking treatment may be able to receive more personalized care.
Holistic approaches to addiction recovery have been widely used in the Eastern world – massage therapy, acupuncture, yoga and more are seen as not only excellent ways to help a person heal from the tolls addiction can have on the mind, body and spirit, but they also help a person take preventative measures from developing other mental illnesses along the way. A 2014 study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research explains that it’s this bridge between the Eastern and Western medicine that resolves many gaps for people in recovery.
Of course, these holistic approaches to treatment can be a little worrisome for those who are unfamiliar with them. In 2017, Amy Cook, a contributor to Thrive Global, explained that holistic modalities such as aromatherapy can help reduce symptoms of depressiona and anxiety, and at the very least, provide an incredibly relaxing effect on a person who may be quite stressed from everything they’ve been going through. Julie Aiken, CEO of Ameritech, a healthcare college, explained, “Patients may be experiencing trauma that impairs their psychosocial health and certainly spiritual distress. A holistic nurse will assess the whole person and direct care individually for the patient that will facilitate the patient’s innate healing abilities.”
With a combination of both traditional and holistic treatment practices, those in recovery are bound to reap the most benefits.
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