What is Holistic Drug Treatment?

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If you are new to recovery, you will soon learn that sobriety is not formatted to a one size fits all modality. The traditional methods of addiction treatment have been challenged with many new approaches to addressing substance abuse. With this in mind, holistic drug treatment therapies have flooded into the recovery community and have been proven to cultivate a number of long-term benefits in treating addiction.

What is Holism?

Many people have heard the term “holism” or at least heard about holistic medicine. However, many confuse the term with homeopathy. By definition, holism is a genre of thought in which systems are classified as wholes, according to function, rather than as collections of separate parts. When applied to medicine and healthcare, holism refers to patient care that surpasses physical, psychological, and social aspects of wellbeing.

The goal of holistic treatment is to restore a patient entirely and not solely treating the symptoms.

Holistic treatment or detox may include a broader range of treatments such as reiki, breathing techniques, two-way prayer, yoga, and other meditative practices.

What is Holistic Treatment?

Holistic detox supplements traditional medical care with alternative methods of treating substance abuse. Yoga, meditation, breathing techniques, acupuncture, and massage therapy are commonly part of holistic detox and treatment. These age-old practices have been proven effective in reducing stress, anxiety, and depression.

Individuals who take on a more holistic approach, to combating addiction, have seen better physical results. When treating addiction, you do not want to attack the physical allergy with more drugs. Exercise, proper detox treatment, education on proper nutrition, adequate sleep, and better hydration may benefit you physically way more than you expected.

Benefits of Holistic Treatment


  • Variety of Treatment Options

Holistic substance abuse detox and treatment allows healthcare professionals to implement and execute an individualized treatment plan, giving each patient a wide array of holistic therapies to choose from. Instead of being limited to only the traditional methods of addiction treatment, each individual can participate in a wide variety of holistic options.

The goal of holistic therapies is to restore the entire body into proper function and balance. Each option seeks to treat the client’s mind, body, and spirit.

  • Experienced and Compassionate Staff

The staff that is employed at holistic drug treatment centers are highly trained, educated, and experienced in the field of addiction, recovery and holistic healing techniques. Holistic professionals are knowledgeable and able to educate the client on the benefits of each holistic method of treatment. Most of these professionals spend years mastering the art of holistic therapies and have capitalized on using these specifically when treating an individual struggling with substance abuse.

  • Incorporating Traditional Therapies

Alternative- based therapies are effective for treating all aspects of addiction, however many people assume this approach is void of any of the traditional methods of treatment. Many substance abuse treatment providers recognize holistic therapies to be complementary to traditional therapies used in addiction treatment. Most holistic detox and treatment centers still incorporate many traditional therapies like psychotherapy, coping skills, and relapse prevention into their treatment as well. Together, both approaches have been proven effective when treating substance abuse disorder.

  • Comprehensive Treatment and Aftercare

The general consensus agrees that the essentials of any addiction treatment program include detox, individual and group therapy. Addressing core issues is quintessential in helping patients overcome the physical and psychological issues that have contributed to their addictions. However, these recovery essentials may not be enough when seeking long-term sobriety.

Holistic drug treatment professionals understand the importance of continuing aftercare, once a client leaves treatment. The real work in recovery begins once the client steps out into the real world and is forced to face reality head on. Many holistic treatment centers offer comprehensive aftercare programs such as intensive outpatient services, alumni programs, and sober living.

At Legacy Healing Detox, our approach to recovery is built around a holistic methodology. We look at addiction as a comprehensive issue and offer a complete set of services to heal the physical body, the mind, and the spirit. Combining research-evidenced practices from medicine and psychology, our team of highly trained professionals looks at all aspects of our clients’ lives on an individual basis. Our holistic approach to healing encompasses more than dealing with addiction through primary treatment strategies like therapy and meetings. We offer a full range of services to heal the whole person, body, mind, and spirit. Addiction does not end when you walk out our doors, and neither does the care that you receive while you’re with us. We understand that the road to a better life is long and riddled with challenges but with a complete support system, our clients can truly thrive. Anytime you need us in the weeks, months and years after you first come to Legacy, we’re here to help.