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When a person decides to end their addiction, they need support and help from as large a community as possible. In the past, this community has consisted of friends and family, peers going through the same recovery process, and clinicians, like nurses, doctors, therapists, and counselors. However, as the medical field learns more about addiction and treats it like a chronic disease, more rehabilitation and recovery programs are beginning to work with complementary therapies.
Everyone who struggles with addiction will walk a different path. Even if going through medically supervised detox and then entering a rehabilitation program is the standard path for most people, details of the specific treatment and aftercare are very personalized.
List of Holistic Treatments
Complementary and alternative medical treatments are often referred to as holistic treatment, and they are sometimes called wellness treatment. The term holistic refers to working with the whole person. While therapy focuses on the person’s mind and medication focuses on the person’s body, many holistic, complementary treatments work to help a person heal spiritually or emotionally. Ideally, these treatments support clinical rehabilitation work by offering a wider network of professionals and companions to support the recovery process.
There are many options for holistic and wellness treatment in many recovery programs.
Addiction is a chronic disease involving changes to brain chemistry and the risk/reward system. If a person struggles with addiction, they must detox from their substance of abuse with the help of medical supervision and enter a rehabilitation program to get therapeutic treatment to learn better coping mechanisms, thereby reducing the risk of relapse.
Complementary, holistic treatments, offered by professionals such as yoga teachers, nutritionists, massage therapists, and other specialists, can support overall recovery by alleviating stress, improving physical and psychological health, and providing a more well-rounded approach to wellness.