Holistic Addiction Treatment for Substance Abuse Disorders
While medical and traditional approaches will always have a place in addiction recovery, we tailor-fit our programs to the unique addiction and spiritual needs of our patients.
In conjunction with the calm, beautiful grounds that our non-12 step rehab center provides, we give our patients a way to improve their entire mindset, not simply clean up an addiction as a temporary fix.
What Is Holistic Addiction Treatment?
Holistic addiction treatment is the process of addressing substance abuse disorders in the mind, body, and spirit. With more focus on experiential therapy and healing activities, holistic treatment allows for a deeper level of self-awareness than is provided at traditional 12-Step rehab centers.
The Importance of Experiential Therapy in Holistic Rehab
Experiential therapy is central to Ranch Creek Recovery’s holistic approach to addiction rehab. Utilizing holistic addiction treatment allows us to provide a successful alternative to traditional 12-Step programs used at most other drug addiction treatment centers.
Various activities, listed below, provide opportunities for our patients to improve physical fitness, develop self-awareness and self-acceptance, and grow as people during their stay at our holistic recovery center.
The Addiction Therapies We Utilize
Equine therapy allows for emotional understanding and a calming experience for our patients. Well-established at various mental health, corrections, and holistic depression treatment centers, the power and serenity of our well-trained animals can be a transforming presence during holistic drug treatment.
Physical fitness is an important part of a balanced life, and has many benefits both on a mental and a physical level. However, addiction can take a toll on drug and alcohol users, leaving the body less capable of healing, and slowing the recovery process. Our nutritional and exercise programs allow our patients to feel better about themselves and to heal more quickly.
A cornerstone of modern holistic drug detox, amino acid therapy addresses the imbalance caused by drug and alcohol abuse during the withdrawal phase by supplementing serotonin (which is central to addiction) and other nutritional standards in the body.
Perhaps the most popular and longest-established form of experiential therapy at most holistic addiction treatment centers, yoga is a centuries-old form of exercise that incorporates body awareness and meditation. The lessons learned through performing yoga at our holistic recovery center are also extraordinarily useful during aftercare.
Related to yoga and often performed in concert, guided meditation differs slightly from the standard form in that patients are guided by our experienced staff to focus on self-acceptance and positivity. These concepts are key to successful recovery.
By attuning the body’s natural vibrations and our natural predilection towards music, gong therapy is a wonderful tool used in our holistic treatment program for addiction. Used in conjunction with our other serenity-building and positive recovery techniques, gong sounds therapy has helped countless patients achieve sobriety.
Get Help with Insurance Coverage
Our drug and alcohol rehab program accepts several national insurance plans and are in-network with most carriers including HealthNet, MHN, Anthem BlueCross, Aetna, Cigna as well as others. To verify if your insurance is accepted and check your out-of-pocket costs call Ranch Creek Recovery at (877) 997-8931.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Holistic Treatment?
For most people, holistic practices provide an effective addition to treatment for mental health disorders and addiction recovery. Holistic therapy takes an individualized approach that considers the whole person and their needs when making a plan for a healthy lifestyle. You can use a combination of such treatments to manage stress and promote well-being as a supplement to conventional treatment for mental health disorders, substance use disorder or a dual diagnosis.
For example, nutritional therapy can be used to help heal the body from the effects of addiction. This treatment improves the ability to focus on lasting addiction recovery. Nutritional therapy is especially helpful when combined with mental health counseling, relaxation techniques and other holistic therapies.
What Addictions Can Holistic Treatment Be Used For?
Holistic treatment programs can be used for any type of addiction. Holistic therapies may be right for any addiction, but the success of these programs does depend on the individual. Some people may suffer from addiction issues that lead them to abuse one or more substances, and holistic approaches can help people who have a dual diagnosis due to addiction and mental health problems.
Some of the most common addictions that can be treated with this approach include the following:
Addressing the Mind and Body
Traditional treatment methods don’t always allow people to connect with their true inner power. It’s important for those recovering from an addiction to address the root causes of their dependence and learn how to care for their physical and mental health at the same time. Activities such as group therapy, meditation, relaxation and exercise can boost self-confidence, giving people the strength to stay sober amid social pressure.
Changes to diet and lifestyle can also help someone recover because those dietary changes can be as effective as a medical detox and reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms. Learning how to take care of your physical health ensures a lasting recovery.
If you’re suffering from mental health issues that drive your addiction, a holistic approach can also help you learn ways to cope with anxiety or depression in a healthy way and know when to seek emotional support. Some people may need to overcome past trauma before they can move on to a happy life, and holistic psychotherapy offers a more empathetic approach than more standard therapies.
How Holistic Treatment Is Different From a 12-Step Program
The 12-step program is rooted in a book published in 1939 that was a road map many struggling addicts have followed for decades. New evidence has caused a shift in the way addiction treatment providers approach addictions and help people recover. Some of the key issues with a 12-step program include the following:
Assumption of Powerlessness
Twelve-step programs teach people that the reason they’re struggling with an addiction is due to moral defects and falling away from a higher power. The key takeaway is that people can’t control whether they remain sober or if they enjoy a happy and prosperous life.
Lack of Mental Health Care
Mental health and trauma are often linked to addictions, and 12-step programs ignore the impact of mental health on dependency and behaviors. By ignoring mental health concerns, these programs don’t help patients address the core causes of their addictions so they can succeed in the future.
Whether you’re a spiritual person or not should have no weight on your ability to overcome an addiction, but 12-step programs force those seeking help to submit to a higher power. While spirituality can help some people, it’s not the answer for everyone. Holistic approaches focus on your personal beliefs without judgment or persuasion.
Reliance on Non-Professionals
Holistic approaches are backed by medical professionals and psychotherapists, while 12-step programs are managed primarily by volunteers. When addressing an issue that has life-changing consequences, it’s important to place yourself in the care of people who understand why addiction occurs and how to treat it with an evidence-based approach.
Lack of Scientific Research
Twelve-step programs teach that you can overcome an addiction by sheer willpower rather than by understanding how brain chemistry works. Science-based approaches allow therapists to help you train yourself to develop new habits and behaviors that reduce your chances of going into relapse.
Statistics have shown that people who enter a 12-step program often relapse and fall back into their addiction. Each time they must repeat this cycle, they feel less hopeful for their future and may lose their self-esteem because they think they’re just wired differently than everyone else in the world.
Substance abuse can rewire your brain, but the good news is that there are ways you can train your brain to use coping mechanisms such as relaxation, meditation, exercise and breathing to overcome the need to use drugs or alcohol. What works for someone else may not be right for you, so it’s important to find a treatment program that pays attention to individuals’ needs and not a strict set of principles.
Where to Find Holistic Treatment
Quite a few addiction treatment centers in California offer holistic approaches to recovery, but it’s important to find a provider whose approach is in alignment with your beliefs and personal needs. You may be best served by working with someone who specializes in helping people find addiction treatment centers that offer the types of programs you’re looking for, but you can also review each provider’s website to see if all the services you’re looking for are offered.
Ranch Creek Recovery offers case management and continues to work with you long after you’ve completed your initial stay. Access to aftercare resources is important, especially if you find yourself struggling to stay sober in the future. When reviewing treatment centers, consider whether the program is covered by your insurance company, if financing is available and if the treatment provider is accredited.
To ensure you’re getting the full benefit of treatment, also look for centers that have a large staff-to-client ratio. We employ two staff members for each patient in our programs to make sure our clients receive the compassionate care and attention to individual needs they deserve. We’re also able to help you find lenders that can finance the cost of your stay so you don’t need to worry about how you’re going to afford treatment.