Treating Mind, Body, and Spirit
Holistic therapy is often defined as a therapy that treats the whole person: mind, body, and spirit. To that end, holistic therapy addresses the psychological, physical, and spiritual dimensions of one’s life. The use of holistic therapy for addiction (or for any kind of health concern) is based on a belief that the health of one aspect of the self — mind, body, or spirit — is directly related to the health of the other two and that the entirety of a person is the sum total of these three dimensions.
Holistic therapies have become more and more prevalent in traditional medical environments. Routinely, the practices of yoga, meditation, Tai Chi, Reiki, exercise, adventure/experiential therapy and other forms of body-centric work are incorporated into physical and psychological treatment programs.
Holistic Therapy as a Complement to Addiction Treatment
In treatment for drugs or alcohol, the challenges of new-found sobriety are multi-dimensional. A sense of wholeness is hard won yet essential to recovery. It’s natural for clients in early treatment to feel disjointed, overwhelmed, disillusioned, and wrought. A solid drug rehabilitation program that incorporates a holistic therapeutic component alongside its clinical modalities can help clients heal, not just physically, but emotionally and spiritually as well.
Holistic Therapy and the 12 Steps
At our primary inpatient drug rehab centers, Green Mountain Treatment Center and New Freedom Academy, holistic therapies are built into each client’s daily schedule. As a complement to their 12-Step work and clinical therapies, clients will participate in the following:
- Spiritual development
- Therapeutic writing (integrated directly into 12-Step work)
- Health and wellness (yoga, gym work, cardio)
Our Extended Care facilities also incorporate holistic therapies into weekly scheduling, complementing individual and group psychotherapies and 12-Step study.