Treating the Entire Person
Let’s say a person struggles with an eating disorder, possibly a binge eating disorder. The individual consumes copious quantities of cookies, cakes, and candy to satisfy a deep-seated and painful emotional struggle. The active cycle of binging on these unhealthy foods has led to obesity, self-loathing, and constant cravings of sweets to soothe their broken spirit. How effective would it be to treat someone with this disorder by prescribing a diet loaded with carbohydrates and saturated fats? Not so much, right?
When it comes to a drug or alcohol addiction, rehabs often “treat” the substance use disorder by prescribing yet another addictive drug, such as Suboxone, in a process called medication-assisted treatment. By replacing one drug with another, the person struggling with addiction often finds him or herself dependent on the drug that was supposed to heal them.
Holistic inpatient rehab San Diego highlights a growing trend among treatment programs, providing a fresh approach that treats all aspects of the human person—mind, body, and spirit. Guided by a philosophy that minimizes or eliminates medications, chemicals, and toxins, holistic treatment programs focus on restoring overall health on all levels.
How does Holistic Inpatient Rehab San Diego Work?
Humans are complex beings, each wired slightly differently based on genetics, personality, body and brain chemistry, and influenced by unique life experiences. When it comes to explaining why someone becomes dependent on drugs or alcohol, some may attempt to simplify the cause by attributing it to reckless behavior that results in addiction, period. The reality is, however, that many factors contribute to the development of a substance use disorder, including the unique biological and psychological makeup of the individual, among a multitude of other factors. Once this fact is acknowledged, understanding how a holistic approach to addiction treatment becomes clear.
Many people find themselves dependent on drugs or alcohol as a result of using the substance to self-medicate emotional pain caused by trauma, abuse, grief, and mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety. These are the root causes that must be identified, processed, and healed before real recovery can take hold. Holistic addiction rehabilitation addresses the importance of healing the broken parts of the person, not just the diagnosis.
Features of an Effective Holistic Treatment Program
Holistic inpatient rehab San Diego begins with supervised detox, the first phase of treatment. The difference between traditional detox and holistic detox is the absence of prescription medications, which are believed to only prolong the period of toxicity. Instead, withdrawal symptoms are managed with herbal remedies such as amino acid therapy, and cleansing the body through nutritional support by providing an organic diet and purified water. Over-the-counter medications can be provided for assisting with such symptoms as muscle ache and diarrhea.
To enhance relaxation and reduce anxiety, holistic addiction treatment includes therapeutic activities such as massage, yoga, sauna, and swimming. To promote self-discovery and emotional healing, cognitive behavioral therapy or dialectical behavioral therapies are applied during one-on-one sessions with a trained therapist. Experiential activities, such as mindfulness training, meditation, art therapy, garden therapy, equine therapy, and simple journaling serve as adjunct therapies that help increase self-awareness and lead to empowerment in recovery.
Ranch Creek Recovery Provides Holistic Inpatient Rehab in San Diego
Ranch Creek Recovery has built an effective holistic program around the belief that interconnectedness between mind, body, and spirit dictates treatment. The compassionate, expert clinical staff at RCR emphasizes the exploration of self that leads to the discovery of personal issues that may be at the root of the substance use disorder. In addition, RCR offers a wide array of therapeutic activities in a serene, private estate nestled in the beautiful hills, near San Diego in Southern California, further enhancing relaxation and healing. For more information about the program, please contact us today at (877) 997-8931.