The Holistic Approach to Recovery
At Elevate Addiction Services, we believe in taking a mostly holistic-based approach to sobriety after the completion of detox. Our goal, of course, is to have everyone who comes through our program leave addiction free and ready for a life of long-term sobriety. Overcoming dependence on any substance is no easy task, but when our clients are able to leave our program in control and confident of their ability to maintain their sobriety, we consider our goal achieved.
There are a number of therapies and techniques used in our holistic rehabilitation approach which helps us create an individualized treatment plan for each and every one of our clients.
Types of Holistic Rehab Modalities
These are some of the holistic treatment modalities offered through Elevate:
Mindfulness: Mindful sobriety is a great way to relieve stress, identify triggers and is an excellent tool for long-term wellness. Mindfulness teaches clients to observe thoughts and emotions without judgement or negative connotation. Clients are encouraged to quiet their minds and focus on the moment that they are in, using all 5 of their senses to experience that moment in its entirety. Rather than responding to stimuli that make clients feel stressed, using this approach helps remind them that there are choices available to them during those stressful moments. They have the power to choose their reaction, but to do that they first have to be aware or mindful of themselves and their thoughts without reacting negatively to what they are thinking or feeling.
Yoga: Yoga has been found to be very helpful for those in recovery when used alongside other treatment methods. There are a number of benefits associated with yoga, including: stress relief, increased physical stamina, self-awareness, better sense of self-image, increased self-confidence, pain relief, more restful sleep, increased energy, improved flexibility and emotional healing. Yoga provides a healthy outlet for coping with daily stressors and potential triggers. Another benefit to yoga is that it is inexpensive and can be practiced anywhere.
Breathing Exercises: This may seem like a simple thing because it’s something everyone does on a daily basis. This isn’t an activity that clients “take up” like a person would take up jogging or ballroom dancing. That being said, there have been proven health benefits to deliberately changing the pattern of breathing from the normal functional breathing pattern. Engaging in breathing exercises have shown benefits such as: deep relaxation, increased ability to cope with stress, restful sleep, reduced aches and pains, clarity of thought, reduced pulse rate and blood pressure, reduced heart palpitations. Another perk to this type of therapy is that, like yoga, it is also free and can be practiced anywhere.
Meditation: Meditation is the practice of quieting the mind and focusing in on one specific thought or idea. Meditation is tailored to the person who is practicing, for example: one person might benefit from only a few minutes of meditation to organize a thought while others will meditate for hours. Traditionally, a best practice is to engage in meditation around the same time every day. Meditation is effective because it can help change the way the brain processes anxiety and stress and help those suffering from addiction to react to those situations more appropriately.
Nutritional Awareness Education: While healthy eating is something everyone should strive for, those in recovery need to pay even closer attention to what they eat. Maintaining a healthy diet will help clients become stronger and better able to recover from their addiction. Nutritional awareness expands upon the importance of staying hydrated and eating well rounded meals regularly.
Body Rejuvenation Therapy: Body rejuvenation therapy is a practice that uses amino acids, vitamins and other herbal or natural supplements to bring the physical body’s health back up to peak nourishment, creating a feeling of well-being in the client. This can help elevate moods by reducing the feeling of depression and pushing the body to start producing dopamine in a natural way in normal amounts.
Art and Music Therapy: Clients are encouraged to be creative, which creates an enjoyable way for them to work towards sobriety. These unique treatment methods help to bolster emotion and mental well-being of clients. Creative expression allows individuals to access different emotions and perspectives as they feel them, making this therapy completely unique to each and every person.
Massage Therapy: Rehabilitative massage therapy is a little different from a normal massage. When clients go in for massage therapy it is usually with a site-specific treatment or goal in mind. This helps to target areas of the body to promote muscle tension relief, reduced stress and an overall feeling of calm.
Aromatherapy: While aromatherapy cannot cure addiction, there are a wide variety of essential oils that can be extremely beneficial when combined with other therapies to help clear the mind or promote relaxation. Whatever the goal is, there is likely to be an oil that will help get clients in the right head space to achieve it.
Exercise and Physical Fitness: The obvious fitness effects aside, exercise and physical fitness in recovery can be an extraordinarily useful technique. Exercise has been proven to reduce stress that is both physical and mental. Those who exercise regularly often report feeling self-confident and optimistic where they may have previously felt depressed or anxious.
Adventure and Experiential Therapy: Adventure therapy is designed to help clients find exciting, new ways to fill the empty time during their day. This not only helps with stress relief and feelings of happiness, but it also helps them reconnect with nature which can help quiet anxiety and assist in physical wellness.