Addiction and alcoholism are very complicated illnesses that have many factors leading to their development. These illnesses are often exacerbated by biological, social, environmental, and mental factors and given the differing in how someone may develop an addiction, the approaches needed in order to combat these illnesses need to differ as well.
For years, the traditional 12-Step model for addiction treatment was used and it was fairly successful but as our understanding of alcoholism and addiction have grown, we have begun to understand that a one size fits all approach is not the best way to treat this illness.
Currently, in the field of the addiction treatment, any and all methods are being employed in order to help those suffering from an addiction and one of the more popular methods that has grown to be accepted is a holistic approach to sobriety.
What is a Holistic Approach to Sobriety?
A holistic approach to sobriety is a method of sobriety that focuses on healing a person in all areas of their health. This means that there is a focus on the mind, body, and the spirit. The thought process behind this is that in order for someone to successfully overcome their addiction they must be healed in all of the areas that are affected. Since alcoholism and drug addiction affect the mind, body, and spirit, it only stands to reason that there should be a focus on achieving balanced health in all three of these areas.
Many times, people confuse a holistic approach to sobriety with a new-agey hocus pocus believing the word to mean something unreal and unfounded but holistic treatment is merely making sure that all aspects of the body are aligned.
Within traditional methods of treatment for alcoholism and addiction, there are many times just a focus on getting the mind and spirit healthy. There is extensive psychotherapy and introduction into the spiritual principles of 12 Step programs but the body is neglected outside of detoxing.
This, often times, will carry over into a person’s recovery and they may only focus on spirituality and mental well-being and completely neglect their health. Doing this so many times can lead to health problems down the road, which does not allow someone to enjoy all of the benefits that sobriety can bring.
By taking a holistic approach to your recovery, you ensure that your mind, body, and spirit are all aligned with each other, working in conjunction towards your ultimate good. When taking this approach you will probably notice how your emotional well-being has increased due to the physical activity and as a byproduct, your spiritual wellness will have increased as well.
What Does a Holistic Sobriety Look Like?
Having a holistic sobriety is not as difficult as it may seem and really doesn’t require that much from you. It could be as simple as going for a walk and getting out into nature, doing yoga or going to the gym or just meditating and eating better. People in and out of recovery use these simple tasks in order to improve their lives and the benefits of doing such are well documented.
It is now widely known that each part of a person’s health affects the other parts as well. Just having a great mental fortitude is meaningless if a person’s physical health is fading and often times a person cannot achieve mental well-being without some sort of physical exercise.
Many drug treatment centers that offer holistic services understand this interconnectedness and as such, they offer their clients yoga, acupuncture, massage therapy, nutritional education, and sometimes even animal therapy.
By employing every method possible in order to help people overcome their addiction, treatment centers that use these methods give their clients the greatest possible chance for recovering from the disease of addiction. A person who is balanced in mind, body, and spirit, will be more capable of handling the challenges that sobriety can bring because they will be grounded in all aspects of their lives. By bringing the body’s functions into harmony with one another, a person can become the best version of themselves and live a happier and healthier life.
Implementing a Holistic View on Sobriety After Already Being Sober
People who stay sober for an extended period of time often start to work a more holistic program of their own volition. If you have been sober for a couple of years and notice that your eating habits are terrible and that you do not do any physical exercise, then it becomes apparent that a change is necessary. This usually leads to someone taking better care of themselves because they have begun to understand that in order for them to live a full life of sobriety, this is unnecessary.
The same thing goes for their mental well-being and spiritual well-being. After a few years of sobriety, many people choose to go to therapy because they have become more aware of underlying issues that have either been neglected or were hidden for years. People also start to focus more on meditation as a serious practice as they begin to see that prayer is a great thing to have incorporated into daily life but without meditation, it is lacking the listening portion.
Regardless of whether you are just starting out in sobriety or you have been sober for a while, attempting to align your mind, body, and spirit should be the goal of every sober individual. The benefits are numerous and well documented by the scientific community and your life will improve overall.
Finding Treatment for Drug or Alcohol Abuse
Coming to the conclusion that you have a problem with drugs or alcohol is never an easy thing but once this conclusion has been reached, help is just around the corner. Reaching out and asking for help is one of the more difficult things that an addict or alcoholic can do and at Dream Center for Recovery we understand this. Many of our trained staff have been in the same position you currently are and are here to help you in any way they can. So if you think that you need help with your drug or alcohol problem call us today at 1-877-978-3148.