There is some question as to whether they should be used alone as there doesn’t seem to be much clinical research on it. As a result, some experts are currently not advising it. However, a journal article of a longitudinal study in the Psychiatric Services journal found that services that were intensive and service satisfaction is more likely to be effective in treatment completion. What works for one patient might not for another so it’s the most effective to have a wide variety of treatments available. Holistic treatments are currently being tried within rehabilitation centers themselves. Holistic addiction treatment aims to treat the patient or client as a whole—that is, physically, mentally, and spiritually.
Types of Holistic Addiction Treatment
Yoga and meditation. Yoga means “union” in Sanskrit. In other words, it is the union of the body and mind. The exercise Yoga that is practiced today focuses on moving and toning the body with the breath, which helps the blood flow more easily, calm the central nervous system, etc. Meditation focuses on centering yourself and making yourself aware of your breathe. Many people mistakenly think that you need to empty your mind but the real secret is to not react to your thoughts or surrounding noises.
Acupuncture and acupressure. Acupuncture has been found to be more than just a placebo. Acupuncture was developed out of the old ancient belief that disease is caused by disruptions in the energy flow. Research in the west has since found that as soon as the hair-thin needles are inserted, the body’s happy hormones, such as endorphins. Acupressure is basically acupuncture without the needles. The hands, palms, fingers, and special devices are usually used.
Reiki and other types of energy work. Reiki, (pronounced “Ray-key”) is like a massage without kneading the muscles. Live sessions involve laying or hovering of the hands just over the body, which encourages relaxation and stimulates the person’s energy on a holistic level. You do not have to be certified to practice Reiki, however, it is probably a good idea for those who work in rehabilitation centers to be so.
Herbal medicines. High caution needs to be exercised here. For the most part, herbs are natural and when the right ones are consumed, they very rarely have any side effects at all. However, some can be poisonous and others require starting in small doses. As a result, it is even more important for people like those prone to drug and alcohol addiction to work with someone like a naturopath and pharmacist.
Biofeedback. Biofeedback is an electronic monitoring of a bodily movement that trains the patient or client to become more aware of a certain move. This is believed to help him or her become able to either eradicate or make it more voluntary. For example, the heart beating is completely involuntary and necessary for us to stay alive. However, if it’s beating too fast, for example, biofeedback can help you to encourage it to slow down. Same with the breath.