Traditionally, drug and alcohol addiction treatments involve a lot of therapy, both individual and group, and often medications for mental or physical conditions. And while these methods have been proven to be effective in treating both addiction and the health issues it can contribute to, in recent years interest has increased in alternative options. This interest has led to an increase in the availability of holistic drug treatment programs, like those available at Emerge Healing Center.
Why Choose Holistic Drug Treatment Programs?
One of the most important things to realize about addiction is that it affects more than just a person’s behavior. It also harms their physical and mental health. This can include things like nutritional deficiencies, unhealthy weight gain or loss, poor sleeping habits, chronic pain, depression, anxiety, and more. Holistic drug treatment programs are designed to treat clients as a whole to heal them physically, mentally, and emotionally. By treating every aspect of a person’s well-being, holistic therapy options help clients to find more complete healing from the effects of their addiction.
What are the Types of Holistic Therapy?
As interest in holistic drug treatment programs has grown, facilities like Emerge Healing Center have worked hard to add them to their services. Research has shown that as many as 4 in 10 people choose to participate in at least one holistic drug treatment during their treatment plan. Some of the most common holistic addiction therapies include:
Mindfulness is a valuable tool in helping people learn how to relax and positively live in the moment. Practicing mindfulness helps you to learn to listen to your body and focus on yourself while ignoring outside influences. Over time, these tools can be utilized outside of addiction treatment as a way to calm down in stressful situations, reduce anxiety, and keep drug use triggers from derailing your progress.
- Trauma-Informed Yoga
The benefits of trauma-informed yoga are twofold. Firstly, it is a great way to manage chronic pain and improve physical health by encouraging flexibility, increasing lean muscle mass, increasing energy, and even helping you sleep. Trauma-informed yoga is also a great way to relax and unwind, reducing stress and helping to improve your mood.
- Therapeutic Fitness
For those looking to improve their physical health and strength, Emerge Healing Center offers therapeutic fitness as a part of our holistic drug treatment programs. This high-intensity interval training program helps build muscle and burn fat utilizing basic exercise equipment. Even people who have no experience with workouts find Therapeutic Fitness to be a beneficial way to improve their health. Regular exercise doesn’t just help your body, however. It also releases endorphins, making you feel happy, relaxed, and accomplished after each session. Over time, regular exercise can help your brain to more effectively manage chemical balances that substance abuse has altered.
- Art/Music Therapy
If intense exercise isn’t your thing, instead consider art or music therapy. These options were some of the first to be offered as a part of holistic drug treatment programs. You don’t have to be an accomplished artist or musician to participate. What matters is that you participate in the sessions. The act of creating art and music helps to encourage healthy pathways in the brain, releasing dopamine and even helping you to process negative thoughts or emotions so that their impact on your daily life is lessened. Both art and music therapy are very beneficial in addiction treatment.
This specialized type of therapy is in which clients are encouraged to use dramatization, role-playing, and dramatic elements to gain insight into their lives. Sometimes you may act out things that happened to you, whereas other times you may follow a prompt from the group leader. It is much like combining theater with therapy and gives you the ability to gain insight into your behavior and reactions, and more deeply understand why you act, feel, or think the way that you do. This helps you do see patterns of negativity, and actively work to change them into positive patterns instead.
What are the Benefits of Holistic Therapy?
One of the biggest questions we are asked about our holistic drug treatment programs is how they benefit our clients. Dozens of studies conducted over the last 20 years have shown that holistic treatment options are extremely effective to help manage mental health conditions like addiction, especially when they are used along with more traditional treatments. They also help improve additional areas of your well-being that traditional treatment might not, including improving your self esteem or self-image, and improving physical health. There are many other benefits to holistic therapy as well, including the following:
- The goal of “whole-person” healing gives you more tools to combat your symptoms in order to manage your mental health symptoms than therapy and medications can offer alone.
- It helps you to learn how to better manage stress, making daily life and minor setbacks easier to handle in a positive way.
- Many options are low-cost, and can be continued once you leave the treatment facility.
- It provides clients with a variety of treatment options to choose from, giving you the ability to participate in things that you are genuinely interested in.
Holistic Drug Treatment in Alpharetta
If you are struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol and are interested in more holistic ways to help overcome this condition, Emerge Healing Center is here to help. Our holistic drug addiction programs give clients the ability to build a highly individualized treatment plan to address all of their concerns, both physical and mental. Contact us today, and let our highly trained staff schedule an initial consultation. From there, we can walk you through all of our holistic and traditional treatment options, and work with you to decide which are the best options for you. Contact us today, and let us help you to overcome your addiction so that you can live a happier and more fulfilling life.