Holistic drug treatment centers are non-medical centers. They don’t utilize chemicals to counterbalance addiction, tamper with the detox process or “wean” addicted individuals off a substance. Modern science suggests that medical intervention during recovery can slow down—or even ruin—effective care. Medical intervention in the form of medicine, many believe, can even contribute to patient relapse.
Holistic recovery serves to bring the patient’s body, mind, and spirit into alignment—prioritizing their well-being while treating the symptoms of withdrawal and addiction. By using meditation, exercise and nutritional planning, holistic treatment programs not only eliminate addiction—but prevent it from coming back.
Elevate’s Drug-Free Recovery
Elevate uses evidence-based, accredited non 12-step approaches to recovery. By utilizing SMART Recovery, our team carefully and effectively lowers the chance of relapse while eliminating withdrawal.
Elevate Addiction Services is the best holistic rehab center for those seeking a reprieve from medicine-centric programs. We understand the difficulties behind mental health, and we understand that drug and alcohol abuse aren’t necessarily cured by introducing new chemicals.
Over half of our United States clients who visit our holistic rehab center arrive due to its unique, and effective, approach to addiction treatment. Whether you wish to help yourself, help your child, help a family member or help a friend, Elevate is the holistic drug rehab center that works.
So, what makes our holistic drug rehab approach special? As a leading holistic rehab center, we’ve created a firm, drug-free addiction recovery model. We’ve also navigated the problems many holistic treatment programs face. This is not your typical rehab program: Elevate gets results.
We feel it’s important for people to know why our holistic drug rehab center thrives on medication-free holistic treatment programs. Stick around for a bit. Let us show you the ropes.
Sometimes, Medication Isn’t Enough
Medication-assisted treatment, or MAT, is commonly used during detox and addiction programs alike. Many who struggle with substance abuse have cravings. These cravings, while a normal occurrence, can interfere with addiction recovery treatment. They can even cause a relapse. Today’s addiction treatment medications are reportedly successful—but they come with several dangers.
The Downsides of Anti-Addiction Medication
Not everyone can take anti-addiction medication. Medications like Suboxone might ease drug withdrawal symptoms, and other medications like Vivitrol, Campral, and Antabuse can even prevent further drug use. This said each can introduce a slew of health problems.
Vivitrol, for example, can cause severe liver damage if it isn’t dosed properly. Those who take Vivitrol also experience pain, swelling, lumps and tissue death around the injection site.
Other anti-addiction medications, meanwhile, can cause a slew of side effects—such as nausea, sweating, chest pain and breathing problems. While these substances can discourage drinking, smoking and the consumption of hard drugs, they often result in rebound anxiety—which can cause more damage.
The Science Behind Holistic Drug Treatment
A holistic recovery center, unlike medical addiction treatment centers, takes a different approach to recovery. For many, the anti-addiction medications prescribed for addiction only cause more problems. For others, the reliance on a pill—or many pills, if the addiction is extreme—can be a major pain. In some cases, this “pill reliance” can even hinder the recovery process—igniting the potential for relapse to a recreational pill, instead.
Some holistic drug treatment centers, like Elevate, can be considered to be on the “elite” end of the rehab spectrum. Not all addictions can be solved with medication, and not every patient needs chemicals to offset their reliance on other chemicals.
One of the ways a holistic recovery center offers much-needed specialized care is to offer “integrative” or “complementary” therapies. These therapies might be wide-ranging, but each is custom-tailored to the recovering individual’s needs. Some integrative therapies include:
- Energy psychology
- Somatic experiencing
- Massage therapy
- Adventure therapy
Using Holistic Therapies for Addiction Treatment
These holistic drug treatment options, personalized as they are, are excellent non-medical approaches to addiction recovery. Holistic drug treatment centers have spent years perfecting each, helping patients manage mental addiction symptoms, nutritional imbalances, and underlying emotional issues.
Often, a poor diet, lack of sleep and emotional stress can heighten one’s risk of addiction. Thus, a holistic recovery center serves to treat physical and mental addiction components—helping the individual balance their inner-self and outer-self respectively.
Holistic drug treatment plans are highly flexible, putting the patient’s needs first. They’re flexible because they rely on objective-based therapy methods. In the same way that every painting needs a frame, every flexible therapy method needs an uncompromising “goal list” for guidance. Holistic therapies aim to do the following:
- Assist with detox and physical recovery
- Identify underlying mental issues causing the addiction
- Promoting ongoing physical health
- Promoting ongoing mental health
- Increasing self-confidence
- Strengthening craving resistance
- Reducing the allure of alcohol and drug use
These goals will shift a little, of course. While they’re uncompromising, they can be prioritized in an order which is most beneficial to the patient’s health. Elevate understands the importance of patient-first rehab, and we’re dedicated to creating a comprehensive, but flexible treatment structure.
The Psychology Behind Holistic Treatment
The holistic therapies powering Elevate’s success may not rely on medication, but they’re still scientifically viable. A study conducted by Pastoral Psychology reveals that roughly a third of addiction rehab centers offer some type of holistic treatment. Of these centers, 58 percent utilize meditation—a proven anti-addiction tool—to help recovering individuals.
It’s also important to recognize the positive impacts of cognitive-behavioral therapy. American Addiction Centers asserts that cognitive-behavioral therapy addresses the harmful thought patterns which fuel addiction. Elevate’s research-based psychological treatment options work because they’re present-oriented, goal-directed and problem-focused. Cognitive-behavioral therapy, itself, offers several benefits:
- It allows recovering clients and therapists to work together in identifying harmful thought patterns.
- It explores the recovering individual’s thought patterns which ultimately result in substance abuse.
- It’s an effective group therapy tool, helping addicted individuals understand their problems from another angle.
- It helps clients create coping strategies, empowering them to handle the difficulties of post-addiction life.
While Elevate offers much more than cognitive-behavioral therapy, a lot of holistic recovery options acknowledge CBT as one of the most impactful recovery tools in existence.
As stated above, holistic recovery programs are goal-based. By acknowledging each patient’s needs, a recovery program can craft effective, but flexible, treatment plans. On a deeper level, however, holistic treatment serves a purpose: to identify, understand and improve upon the “idea” of addiction.
Addiction is a complicated thing. It’s elusive, impactful, acute and all-encompassing. It’s no surprise that many addiction centers have different approaches to addiction recovery. Holistic addiction treatment pursues truth, primarily. By targeting the mechanics which drive addiction, holistic therapies can help make the world a better place. The aspects of addiction which holistic therapies explore include:
- The physical symptoms of substance addiction and withdrawal
- The impact of spiritual grounding which can overcome addiction
- The emotional imbalances which increase the desire of substance use
- The role of nutrition, exercise and physical wellness on relapse prevention
- The presence of environmental toxins which influence substance use
These reasons are why many substance abuse recovery centers focus on energy imbalance as a core component of addiction. Energy imbalance can be solved, fortunately, by practicing body-mind energy manipulation exercises.
This isn’t to say other treatments aren’t used. Again, cognitive-behavioral therapy is a valuable cornerstone of addiction treatment. Conventional therapy is incredibly valuable, and many addiction treatment centers consider it to be the foundation of holistic approaches. We must remember: Holistic therapy promotes an environment in which long-term recovery is possible.
Combining Holistic Therapies and Evidence-Based Treatment
Many experts agree that combining evidence-based treatment and holistic practices is ideal. A residential program, one which supports both individual and group recovery, can open the door to long-term health, mental clarity and a substance-free lifestyle.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse asserts this, too. Even if medication isn’t present—following scientific evidence while engaging in holistic practices is, in essence, the most effective treatment pathway a person can take. Let’s take a closer look at the core components of holistic recovery, acknowledging the science behind every aspect.
Daily exercise increase’s the brain’s production of dopamine and serotonin—powerful “feel-good” chemicals which addicted individuals crave. By exercising daily, a recovering individual can essentially rewire their brain—reducing the need for substances.
Daily exercise also helps the recovering individual acknowledge, appreciate and pursue discipline. This discipline is the heart of addiction recovery—and it serves as a powerful mental, and spiritual, tool for success. Some holistic exercise programs include hiking, canoeing, rock-climbing, and jogging.
Nutrition goes hand-in-hand with exercise. As the saying goes: “A fast car won’t go anywhere without fuel.”
Nutrition brings the body into its peak state, helping recovering addicts overcome substance urges caused by inner chemical imbalances, an unhealthy lifestyle and low confidence. Proper nutrition offers tangible healing benefits, and recovering addicts often benefit by realigning their body into a healthy state with proper nutritional guidance.
As a cornerstone of most holistic rehab programs, meditation is a powerful anti-addiction tool. Recovering addicts need to have clear mindsets, and guided meditation offers it. Mindfulness meditation, alone, can give patients the insight needed to overcome substance use urges. Tai chi and yoga, meanwhile, serve as physical-mental exercises to help patients increase their overall focus.
Similar to exercise therapy, adventure therapy involves physical movement, the pursuit of goals and accountability. Primarily, adventure therapy exposes recovering addicts to new, exciting situations. In doing so, it opens their mindset—helping them acknowledge the many possibilities life has to offer. Adventure therapy takes form in woodland hikes, town exploration, surfing, diving, cave exploration and similar excursions.
Some patients benefit from massage therapy—and even acupuncture. These practices help recovering patients relax, relieving the body’s stress while balancing it after years of substance abuse. While not every holistic program offers massage therapy, we believe it’s an important option for patients.
The SMART Recovery Method
Elevate uses the SMART Recovery method to assure constant support, structured guidance and camaraderie for recovering individuals. The SMART Recovery system is an alternative to typical 12-step programs, so it’s accessible to people of all backgrounds and spiritual beliefs.
The SMART Recovery approach prioritizes self-empowerment and self-reliance. It encourages individuals not only to recover—but to pursue satisfying lives. By teaching recovering individuals about change, SMART Recovery gives them the tools needed to achieve a fully substance-free lifestyle.
Elevate combines therapeutic and holistic methods, addressing the underlying causes of addiction. Much more than a 12-step program, Elevate’s SMART Recovery approach makes sure every patient is cared for before, during and after recovery.
An All-in-One Approach
Elevate wants to give recovering addicts every opportunity to succeed. The most effective treatment program, remember, combines conventional methods with scientifically proven therapies. Thus, Elevate offers an integrated, holistic program which is custom-tailored to each client. We offer a wealth of substance abuse recovery components, including but not limited to:
- Mindfulness meditation
- Massage therapy
- Exercise therapy
- Group therapy
- Personal development education
- Art and music therapy
- Nutritional awareness education
No immediate fix to addiction exists. Science studies state that long-term addiction recovery programs must last at least three months to reduce the chance of relapse. While a lot of treatment centers offer 30-day programs, Elevate promotes 90-day residential programs to get our patients back on track. If you’re ready to pursue the life you were meant to live, contact our team today. We’re ready to empower your future.