Holistic Rehab for Mental Health

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In recent years, the use of holistic treatment methods has become a staple within the addiction recovery space. The holistic rehab niche offers an alternative for those who prefer a more natural approach to healing. Continue reading to learn all about holistic methods and their application in addiction and mental health recovery.

What to Expect at a Holistic Rehab

A holistic program is based on the “whole person” concept of healing, which means that they address the mind-body-spirit connection. This means that all three realms must be healthy and functioning to be able to achieve a state of lasting wellness.

Based on this belief, a rehab using holistic techniques seeks to identify and treat the area of the person that is unhealthy. This is the realm that is causing disharmony and leads to substance-seeking behavior or mental health issues. The area of health that’s out of sync is addressed, and tools are offered to help heal it.

Holistic rehabs employ a wide range of eastern-influenced treatment elements to improve wellness and functioning. These holistic treatment programs are likely to be situated in a serene, relaxing setting near the ocean, lake, desert, or mountains.  

Holistic rehabs tend to have fewer beds, allowing the staff to focus on each person’s needs and therapeutic preferences. Holistically centered rehabs also provide healthy meals and emphasize daily exercise.

Are Holistic Therapies Effective for Treatment?

Holistic therapy programs provide an effective and powerful approach to help clients conquer substance use and/or mental health disorders. Holistic and experiential therapies are woven into the treatment plan, adding more layers to treatment. 

Holistic recovery helps to realign mind, body, and spirit, which creates a healthy foundation for recovery. The therapies used will help nurture both self-awareness and emotional healing, and to promote overall wellbeing. By healing the whole person, not just the compulsive behaviors, long-term recovery is much more likely to be achieved.

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Combining Holistic + Conventional Treatment Methods

Instead of seeing treatment as an either-or solution – either holistic or conventional – the latest treatment model features a blend of both. Holistic therapies not only compliment the conventional therapies, but actually enhance the clinical value of psychotherapy. 

Some holistic rehabs do not offer medications in their program at all, opting for 100% natural treatment methods. Most, however, integrate meds into the larger treatment plan. These drugs can reduce both withdrawal discomfort and cravings, both of which can derail a detox. As well, for primary mental health treatment medications are a central piece of the recovery plan.

Examples of Holistic Therapies

Each addiction and mental health rehab program is unique in terms of which activities they offer clients. Here are some common holistic approaches have been found to be effective in addiction and mental health recovery:

  1. Mindfulness. Being in treatment can be distracting and stressful. One technique that is helpful in both treatment and recovery is called mindfulness. This is a type of meditation that helps you calm your mind and focus on the present moment. 
  2. Yoga. Yoga is a holistic practice has been found to be immensely restorative in addiction recovery. Yoga’s postures and movements boost GABA levels, which create a naturally calming effect.
  3. Art therapy. Art can be an aid to uncovering emotional issues that you may have trouble talking about in therapy. Art therapy acts as a tool to unlock and reveal emotions that might otherwise remain suppressed.
  4. Exercise. Regular exercise is essential in both treatment and recovery. The many benefits of exercise for better sleep quality, improved mental health, and stress management are well known.
  5. Acupuncture. This ancient holistic medical practice has been found to reduce stress and cravings in recovery. Auricular acupuncture in particular, or placing the needles around the ear region, is helpful in addiction recovery.
  6. Gratitude Journal. Journaling allows you to make it a daily goal to express gratitude in your life. This practice helps you cultivate a positive attitude, which supports recovery efforts.
  7. Massage therapy. Massage provides benefits for both the body and mind. Massage uses the human touch to help release muscle tension and toxins from the body. Massage can also increase levels of the feel-good hormones.
  8. Essential oils. Mother nature offers us essential oils, derived from flowers and plants, to assist us in recovery. Citrus oils, lavender, rose, frankincense, and bergamot can help relieve anxiety, depression, and reduce cravings.

Consider Holistic Rehab Centers

It isn’t enough to only focus on the mental health diagnosis or substance use disorder and provide therapy alone. Rehabs that focus on the connectedness between the physical, emotional, and spiritual create a more well-rounded program. 

Here is what to expect in a holistic rehab:

  • Detox. Detox jumpstarts your pathway to addiction recovery, a process that rids the body of the substance. Although going through detox can involve unpleasant withdrawal symptoms, you will be well attended to by the detox team.
  • Individual therapy. Working with a licensed therapist in one-on-one sessions helps you to identify any dysfunctional thought patterns. Through the use of evidence-based treatments, your therapist guides you toward making changes in your thoughts and behaviors.
  • Group therapy sessions. Peers in the treatment setting are a source of strength and support. You will join them in small support group sessions where you discuss experiences and feelings.
  • Family therapy. Family sessions address the key role of the family in your recovery journey. These sessions provide a basis for healing as a family and how the family can be a source of support.
  • Life skills training. Psychosocial skills are taught in classes that will help you function better in your relationships. 
  • Wellness. A holistic program places importance on health and wellbeing, therefore includes nutrition and exercise in the program.
  • Holistic methods. Holistic activities are important treatment elements, as they help you to connect with your spiritual side. These may include yoga, art therapy, breathwork, or meditation.

If you are seeking a rehab that treats the whole person, you will feel right at home at a holistic addiction and mental health treatment program.

Rehabs Malibu Luxury Holistic Rehab Center

Rehabs Malibu offers comprehensive treatment for primary mental health and/or substance use disorders, including holistic strategies. To learn more about our rehab programs, please reach out to our team today at (424) 425-3541