Recovery, healing, and re-discovering our happiest and healthiest selves is a very intimate and personal process. The idea that specific programs are effective for the majority of people going through similar experiences is not only untrue; it can be very dangerous. Every person has individual needs and desires for their mental health and recovery, and there is no such thing as a less valid pathway.
We Are All Different
Down to a molecular level, we are all individuals with varied experiences that encourage or need different things. Further, we have all experienced different upbringings, learned different ways of viewing the world, and have experiences that have shaped us into who we are today. To consider one program or one treatment path as the only option for all of these varied experiences is unrealistic. That’s why viewing the vast stores of information about mental health, addiction, trauma, and recovery, through the lens of the whole person in mind, body, and emotion is incredibly important in developing an individual’s treatment program.
The definition of “holistic” in relation to medicine refers to the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than only the symptoms of a disease. Recovery is a holistic experience. It is a physical, psychological, and emotional process. If just one of those components is ignored or not valued, the process may be slower and more difficult. Though western medicine has had a track record of focusing on an individual illness’s symptoms, considering all aspects of the human experience are becoming more valued and accepted; science is beginning to prove that.
Humility and Honesty
When it comes to our own process, it is crucial to stick with two of the most important aspects of healing and recovery: humility and honesty. To be honest with ourselves and humble through our process are two key actions we must continuously take for our healing process to stay authentic and true to what we are seeking. Whenever an individual gets too proud or begins to become dishonest with themselves about what is best for them, the process can become jeopardized. When approaching any treatment program, therapy, and a part of the healing process, we must keep an open mind and honest heart in order for us to truly succeed.
Healing and recovery are multi-dimensional experiences affecting us physically, mentally, and emotionally. At Avalon, we understand that every person is different and has different needs. We believe it is not only important but necessary to honor those differences to succeed. If you or someone you love is struggling to get or remain sober, call us today at (844) 857-5992. We offer a wide variety of approaches and treatment plans to treat each person’s unique needs so that they can thrive within their individuality. You deserve to live your best and healthiest life; we can help.