Recovery is a time when we can take a step back and focus on our health. Before recovery, you may have struggled greatly substance abuse and/or mental illness, leaving you with little room to lead the life you’ve always wanted. Holistic recovery is less about treating solely your addiction or mental illness – it’s more about treating you as an entire person. The Association for Addiction Professionals describes holistic recovery as this: “Recovery encompasses an individual’s whole life, including mind, body, spirit and community. The array of services and supports available should be integrated and coordinated.”
In the past, professionals have focused primarily on the addiction/mental illness as the sole focus on treatment – but as researchers have been studying for many years, it’s more about compassion for everything a person’s gone through that truly helps them heal. There are many aspects of a person, such as:
- Their medical history
- How they were raised
- Trauma they overcame
- Accidents they encountered
- Their personality
- Friend and family relationships
- And more
All of these make up part of who we are as people – and if we didn’t address the many factors that have led up to the distress we’re currently under, we wouldn’t be doing recovery justice. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) notes that holistic recovery is about getting to know a person and respecting beliefs, diversity, culture, practices and linguistic needs. With this approach, those seeking help can feel more comfortable and confident in knowing that a healthcare team is right there beside them.
“The patient is a person, not a disease”.
This perspective addresses the very core of who we are as human beings: that we all need compassion and support. Those in recovery at Avalon Malibu will find that they’re supported with comprehensive, personalized care – and surrounded by a team who truly wants them to succeed.
Avalon Malibu is a world-renowned, California state-licensed mental health and substance abuse recovery center. If you are ready to seek treatment to develop the tools you need to overcome life’s obstacles and be on the road towards happiness, health, and well-being, call us today at 888-958-7511 for a consultation. It’s never too late, and there are people here ready to help you.