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Is Holistic Therapy Right for Me?

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Anyone considering treatment for an addiction disorder has probably heard of holistic addiction therapy, but they may not fully understand what holistic therapy is or what benefits it offers. Holistic therapy, also known as holistic treatment or alternative addiction treatment, focuses on treating the whole person—body, mind, and spirit. This approach recognizes that addiction is a complex issue that requires a multifaceted solution. Call Evoke Wellness at Waltham at 866.276.1920 to learn more about alternative counseling.

What Is Holistic Therapy?

The term holistic refers to a whole-person approach to healing. For example, holistic cancer treatment might include traditional therapies like chemotherapy and radiation to specifically address cancer but also techniques that help a person’s emotional health or overall fitness. Techniques like meditation could help with the emotional stress of the illness, and nutritional therapy could help patients maintain energy as they receive treatment.

Holistic therapy often refers to a therapeutic approach meant to strengthen the connection between an individual’s physical, mental, and spiritual wellness. Research has shown that a person’s physical and mental health cannot be separated as each affects the other. For example, depression increases a person’s likelihood of developing some illnesses or experiencing pain. Likewise, chronic pain can lead to depression.

In addition to therapies that directly relate to addiction, a holistic addiction therapy program might also include:

  • Mindfulness meditation
  • Exercise
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Trauma therapy
  • Relationship therapy
  • Yoga, meditation, and other mind-body exercises

A customized holistic therapy program caters to individual needs. For instance, someone with co-occurring disorders like depression would receive mental health treatment as part of their holistic plan.

Benefits of Alternative Counseling

Treating the entire person and not just their addiction offers many benefits. First, it reminds patients that they are more than their substance use disorder. They are whole people with a full range of needs. A holistic approach recognizes that each person deserves personalized care. This type of personalization may also be more effective than standard therapy.

Holistic therapy also encourages people to be more aware of their needs and take better care of themselves. Maintaining sobriety is not a passive activity. It requires an almost constant devotion to self-care and protecting personal boundaries. Holistic therapy encourages people to take a more active role in their healing to promote long-term wellness.

Is Holistic Therapy Right for Everyone?

Holistic therapies can help address a number of issues commonly related to addiction. Some of these include:

  • Family problems
  • Stress management
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Anger management
  • Communication issues

Holistic therapies are helpful for concerns that don’t have a single definable cause. For example, most people with addiction don’t only suffer from physical dependence on a substance. They may also have mental health concerns, physical health problems, past trauma, financial difficulties, legal problems, and more.

Therapy that offers different types of alternative counseling to address all these challenges may also be more successful at addressing addiction itself. It is rare but possible that some people with substance use disorder have avoided developing these other issues.

Perhaps a person who accidentally misused their prescription pain medication became physically dependent and had no related issues. This person might only need assistance with detox and pain management. However, most people coping with addiction can benefit from holistic therapy and alternative counseling.

Reach Out to Evoke Wellness at Waltham to Schedule a Consult for Holistic Treatment

Evoke Wellness at Waltham offers comprehensive addiction treatment services that include alternative counseling as well as traditional methods. Holistic therapy is ideal for the person who has experienced past trauma or has lost their sense of self to addiction.

Alternative therapies can help rebuild confidence, restore overall wellness, and help patients find their joy in life once more. If you or someone you love could benefit from a holistic addiction treatment program, call Evoke Wellness at Waltham today at 866.276.1920 or contact us online to learn more about holistic therapy.