Non-12 Step Holistic Treatment

Holistic Rehab Facilities FaviconNon-12 Step treatment is often a phrase used to describe holistic addiction treatment. It simply indicates that other approaches, philosophies, and methods are used besides the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) concepts alone. For many years, the principles of AA or NA were the primary concepts upon which addiction treatment programs were built. Now, we have many more options. This is fortunate because not everyone resonates with the concepts of a 12 Step program. A greater variety of treatment philosophies has made treatment and recovery more accessible to many others.

Non-12 Step Does Not Mean Anti-12 Step

People often mistakenly think that if a treatment program is not clearly focused on the 12 Step principles of AA or NA, that program does not see value in the 12 Steps. This is not true. A holistic treatment philosophy is by its very nature open to a large range of things. A holistic view embraces a variety of things as helpful, seeking to blend them into a cohesive and practical plan of action. So, for example, if you find value in a 12 Step program, that can be easily incorporated into your overall recovery plan and should be. Your holistic plan of action must suit your own individual needs, values, and preferences.

Non-12 Step Programs and Foundational Concepts

Holistic addiction treatment programs, not centered on the 12 Steps entirely, are very different than more traditional programs. More traditionally, addiction treatment philosophies have adopted the 12 Step notion that addiction is an incurable disease and can only be managed, for example. Other key concepts have been that one is powerless over addiction and that the remedy for active addiction is spiritual in nature.

Holistic programs tend to define addiction differently and to consider issues of personal power and recovery differently. In fact, personal empowerment, rather than powerlessness, is a common emphasis in holistic treatment. That one can take charge and dramatically improve one’s life is a core characteristic of a holistic view. Also, that addiction has underlying causes in body, mind, and spirit is a more holistic view.

If You Need Help

If you are struggling with an addiction and need something different than more traditional philosophies, a holistic treatment program may be your answer. You may have tried traditional methods previously, or have found that 12 Step programs are not for you, for example. Or, you may have had good results with alternative health care… or simply be interested in pursuing alternative approaches… However, you become interested in holistic care, get more information. It is the answer for countless people.



Affirmative Thought and Prayer – Resources for Holistic Recovery

beach sceneAffirmative thought and prayer are powerful resources for addiction recovery. They both have a positive focus and work with positive expectation. They are affirming, or affirmative because they acknowledge the healing power of positive thinking, disciplined thinking, and proactive action.

The Power of Affirmation in Thought and Prayer

When we are in distress, or simply facing a problem, we have a choice of focus. We may focus on the dilemma and the disruption of it, or we may focus on solutions and the hope of them. This is always a choice, and where we focus our energies, we will find increase.

If we focus on fear, fear rises. If we focus on solutions, solutions arise. It is a matter of consciousness and perception. Affirmation thought and prayer takes this another level, adding creative intent. We focus on affirming the solution and add the intent to receive the solution in our awareness now. Instead of wanting and wishing, we affirm that our prayers are answered now.

With regard to using affirmative thought, the same dynamics are at work. We replace negative thoughts with affirmations of the positive instead. For example, instead of thinking I am lonely. An affirmative thought would be I am surrounded by love and support. Affirmations work as they mobilize the deeper layers of your mind. If you are fearful through and through, you will find more fear. If you let positive messages filter through to deep levels of the mind, you will see positive results.

Examples of Affirmative Prayer

With some practice, affirmative prayer and affirmative thought come more easily, and you will find their impact on you far different than that of your ordinary thinking. For example, let’s say you are overcome with feelings of inadequacy and lack of confidence. An affirmative prayer would ‘affirm’ that you have what you need already. For instance: I am strong in the realization of my worth and my abilities. Returning to the affirmative thought that you are strong, know your worth and affirm your abilities is a powerful prayer or meditation to use whenever feelings of unworthiness and inadequacy come.

If You Are Interested in a Holistic Program

You may find that you are drawn to such methods and that you are excited about trying other such techniques to help you overcome your addiction. If that is the case, know that a holistic addiction treatment program offers many more powerful strategies to help you recover. We will be glad to talk with you about what such a program can do for you. Give us a call today.

Holistic Rehab – What Is It?

large stacked rocksHolistic rehab is a relatively new concept for most of us. Traditionally, we have imagined addiction rehab to be withdrawal, detox, lots of group counseling and the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous (AA or NA). Perhaps we formed our visions of what rehab is like from movies like Clean and Sober or 28 Days. And, indeed, many rehab programs are like that: fighting through cravings and lots of 12 Step meetings. Those programs have saved countless lives, and programs like them continue to.

When Traditional Treatment Doesn’t Work

However, not everyone has been helped by traditional programs, and we are very fortunate to have a much wider range of treatment options now. More people have a better chance to be successful with a wider range of possible treatment options. Some people have had multiple ‘treatment failures’ for example, going several times to traditional programs only to relapse again and again.

Certainly, some go to rehab without much intention of being successful. This often occurs when they are pressured by others into treatment (significant others, the court system, for example). But, many are unsuccessful even with concerted intent and effort. Despite their best efforts, they continue to use addictive substances, often relapsing shortly after treatment.

Underlying Causes Cause ‘Treatment Failure’

A holistic approach looks for underlying causes of addiction and relapse. Seen through the lens of everything being connected, addiction and relapse in the holistic view can be very different than in a more traditional framework. Often, for instance, relapse is interpreted as the fault of some stubborn and willful resistance to sobriety. Holistically, however, relapse is viewed as unaddressed and unresolved underlying problem that causes imbalance throughout the entire system. There may very well be a stubborn resistance, but looking deeper, the cause of that needs treatment. Working holistically, even seemingly unrelated issues are considered related because one is whole, not a collection of unrelated parts.

Is Holistic Treatment for You?

There are many things that make holistic rehab a good choice for you. Among them are:

Other treatment methods have not worked for you

You are simply drawn to holistic philosophy and methods

Holistic methods have worked in other areas of health for you

You have multiple issues occurring simultaneously

More traditional options have some elements you aren’t comfortable with

You believe in the body, mind, spirit connection

If you are interested in holistic rehab, or your addicted loved one is, give us a call. We will discuss whether this is a good fit for you in a free consultation, and we will check your insurance coverage for you so you can find the right financial situation to meet your individual needs, too.



Spiritual Practices and Holistic Addiction Recovery

Logo 2 MiniSpiritual practices are a vital element in any holistic recovery plan. And, these by no means have to be religious in nature. Spirituality is a wide realm and can include organized religion, but may also have no religious doctrine or practice included at all. Using a wide definition of spirituality, one make include any practice that gives meaning, good direction, and purpose to one’s life.

Spiritual Practices and Personal Values

Our personal values are the things we hold dear in life. They guide our conduct and keep in perspective what is important. We may incorporate teachings about universal truths such as service and compassion, for example, using these to guide our dealings with others. We may be taught such principles formally, or find them ourselves through life experience, meditation, and study.

Whenever our lives are out of alignment with our values, we feel out of balance at least, and severely distressed at the extreme. An addiction certainly alters the role of values in our lives, and consequently, our conduct is not closely governed by our core values. We do things we ordinarily would not when we are addicted, and we can violate our personal values, foregoing our standards of right conduct, for long periods of time.

Reclaiming Our Spiritual Alignment

Holistic recovery gives us the opportunity to reclaim our spiritual alignment as we heal from addiction in other ways. Finding meaning, purposeful activity and good direction in daily life begins to heal us spiritually as we incorporate mindfulness, meditation, prayer, inspirational literature, yoga and other such activities. As the benefits of such practices increase we find deeper and longer moments of calm, serenity, peace, stillness… things the despair and chaos of addiction would not permit. Since all levels of our experience are inter-related, spiritual practices will help us heal emotionally, mentally and physically as well.

A Spiritual Practice as a Recovery Plan

Holistic treatment will take you back into the everyday world more completely equipped to manage a new substance-free life. Your strategies to prevent relapse can be perhaps best described as a new lifestyle practice with spiritual awareness and spiritual practices are woven into its daily fabric. Staying mindful, maintaining an elevated perspective, centering and focusing, and infusing your daily life with higher principles, is a powerful recovery plan. Such practices leave little room for substance use, and little felt a need for it, too.

Nutrition and Addiction Recovery – Healing the Whole Person

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Nutrition is a vital part of holistic addiction treatment. Addiction recovery is a whole person endeavor, incorporating many aspects of a healthy lifestyle into a comprehensive treatment plan. One of the most basic of all health practices is good nutrition. And, this is particularly important after active addiction in which appetite has been disordered and the body has been poorly nourished for long periods of time. Many enter rehab severely malnourished.

Problems Can Be Diverse

People with Substance Use Disorders have typically not been eating well, but also their bodies are not able to adequately absorb and utilize the nutrients they do consume. Additionally, particular substances of addiction have their own specific impact upon the body’s state of nourishment and related health. We see trends of nutritional deficiencies among people who use certain substances. For example, people with Alcohol Use Disorders tend to have a wider scope of deficiencies than others. The metabolism of alcohol prevents absorption of many nutrients, passing through the system without benefit even if healthy foods are consumed. Different classifications of substances, such as stimulants and opiates, also have their own individualized impact.

Addiction’s Pervasive Impact

We know all too well that addiction can be a catastrophic illness. It can have profound negative effects across the board of one’s life. What is often of less concern, but no less important than any other is the physical health state caused by nutritional problems. It is unusual for someone to enter rehab without serious malnourishment issues. And, the first step of treatment is a physically stressful one: withdrawal and detox. Because the body is already weakened by nutritional deficits, it is important to have medical supervision for the first part of treatment to avoid further complication.

Addiction and Nutrition Interventions

When first abstinent, there are appetite increases. People can quickly put on weight in rehab, for example, some very problematically so. An increased appetite is a good sign that health is returning, however, and the system is being restored. Problematic eating and poor eating habits in early recovery are often psychologically based. Newly abstinent people can begin to self-medicate with food–in large quantities and compulsively, or in food selections. For example, many find themselves craving food that is poor in nutritional value such as sugars and refined carbohydrates or consuming excessive caffeine, salt and/or fat. Consuming such foods can become another compulsive and addictive dynamic. Such choices can sedate or energize, creating mood alterations and self-medicating emotional issues such as depression or anxiety. Often, too, early abstinence finds people with feelings of emptiness that they attempt to alleviate with consumption.

If you or your loved one needs addiction treatment and would prefer a holistic approach that provides comprehensive care, we can help you. Contact us today. Recovery can be a reality in your life.

Nutrition in Sobriety—Support from the Inside Out

main header imageNutrition in sobriety can deplete your energies or fuel them, depending on the quality of foods you eat and how regularly. Without a doubt, sobriety and nutrition can be a powerful duo that provides great support for all your recovery efforts. Eating well provides support from the inside out, rebuilding the body damaged by addiction, and maintaining a level of health that propels recovery forward.

Adopting Better Nutrition in Sobriety 

Many of the do’s and don’ts of good nutritional habits are nothing new to us. However, it is common that we can fall into bad habits that are difficult to change, and sometimes in the rush of life, these patterns even become somewhat unconscious. However, a good mindful inventory of your habits can be very enlightening and give you the impetus you need to place reasonable and healthful changes into place.

The Don’ts of Good Nutrition in Sobriety

Some of the most helpful basic changes include limiting sugar, processed foods, refined carbohydrates, salt, fat, and caffeine. These are easy foods and drinks to consume in a busy life because they are available in convenience stores or drive through restaurants, for example. For people who have busy schedules, grabbing food and drink on the go is common. And, it can be a behavioral pattern that flies under the radar of mindfulness. In short, such patterns can get away from us and become tenacious habits.

The Habits of Good Nutrition in Sobriety

The ‘do’s’ of good nutrition are simple and few, too. Adding more protein, more fiber in fruits and vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats is key. Also, eating frequent but smaller meals—as many as six per day—best fuels and maintains the nutrition our bodies need, as well as the balance in blood sugar that helps us feel our best.

Along with these simple do’s and don’ts is a need for good and consistent hydration. While technically a nutrient, very few of us are likely to name it as an essential ‘nutrient’, thinking more typically as it as different than the other nutrients we need and consume. Good hydration, like good nutrition of all other sorts, strengthens us not only physically, but emotionally as well. Mood swings, depression, anxiety and other such issues can be greatly improved by good nutrition as described in this section.

Recovery from addiction is more than possible and there is help available when you are ready to overcome your substance issues. If you are interested in a holistic treatment approach for your addictive disorder, we can offer you a free consultation to clarify if this is a good fit for you. We can also clarify your insurance coverage, make recommendations and smooth your path to wellness.

Holistic Health – More Than Not Being Sick

A holistic health approach to addiction treatment is a powerful and comprehensive way to address the impact of addiction on the Logo 2 Minimind, body, and spirit. Since addiction is a whole person, whole life problem, its treatment should be comprehensive as well. Going to a holistic rehab for addiction treatment may be the solution you have been looking for. Particularly, if other methods haven’t worked for you, holistic treatment may be the answer.

Holistic healthcare looks toward maintaining a high level of well-being in your life and seeks to do more than keep you from being sick. A holistic practice in your everyday life is possible and can help you not only sustain sobriety but sustain a healthy and vibrant life overall. A holistic rehab can help you overcome your addiction, and learn a new lifestyle that is easily incorporated, and easy to transition into, attending to the body, mind, and spirit in ordinary life, with sustainable techniques.

When Life is Fragmented

Addiction itself is a fragmenting force in our lives. We hide it away, ashamed and wanting secrecy to avoid exposure, as well as the interference of others who disapprove or are concerned. Also, intoxication splits off reality, our perceptions are distorted, and our interactions are held at least at arm’s length. People cannot fully penetrate our addiction’s defenses, and they cannot be fully intimate with us. Also, addiction fragments the body, mind, and spirit, disempowering us, leaving us partial instead of whole. We cannot mobilize ourselves in full harmony, balance or personal power.

Reclaiming Our Whole Selves

Holistic rehab for addiction helps us reclaim our whole selves. We don’t just detox and resolve to stay abstinent. We look for the wounds in the rest of us—how have our thoughts become distorted, and made us vulnerable to dysfunction? How do our emotions trigger us to self-defeating behaviors? And, how has the spirit been split off from fueling our daily lives with meaning, purpose, and direction?

Holistic rehab also helps us re-integrate our fragmented selves. We bring basic self-care to the fore again with adequate rest, nutrition, hydration, and exercise. We help our bodies regain their vibrancy and resilience, and begin to evolve our thoughts, letting go of the unhelpful patterns that cause us limitation and pain. Moving externally, too, we can reclaim and heal our dealings with others, and our overall attitude in the world.

A Holistic Approach – A Comprehensive Method of Addiction Treatment

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A holistic approach to addiction treatment uses a much broader perspective than traditional treatment has given us. Our healthcare focus for many years has been narrow in most fields. We specialize and zero in, looking at parts of the human experience rather than the bigger picture. For example, the ear, nose and throat practitioner will do little to help with a bone problem.

Specialization gives us the miracle of extraordinary and specialized knowledge. And, we have many beneficial developments because people have specialized. However, we have also missed valuable opportunities that could have helped us, too. We lost sight of the whole people that we are, and that one ‘part’ of us does not operate in isolation from any other. Also, our healthcare services have left many of us bouncing between providers in a fragmented and inefficient course of care.

Addiction is Not an Isolated Condition

Addiction is very much a whole person condition. It does not limit itself to one or a few expressions or impact. If given long enough, it will cross over into every life realm we know. Our mental and physical health will be compromised, as well our family and social interactions, our sense of purpose and meaning, our finances, work, and faith. Whatever else surfaces in our lives is subject to negative impact and erosion, too. It is a whole person, whole life illness that requires a whole person, whole life remedy.

Recovery as a Lifestyle

Holistic treatment of addiction gives us a chance to adopt a new lifestyle. As we find solutions throughout the many realms of our everyday functioning, we find new practices to incorporate into daily life. We change behaviors that were self-defeating and even self-destructive, and this can mean that we adopt new techniques such as meditation and stress management, or nutrition changes and the use of dietary supplements.

Addiction becomes a lifestyle, a self-destructive and painful one in which we are compulsively driven to use substances, and continue using, no matter what the consequences, and no matter how desperately we would like to stop. As we stop substances and their effects upon us, we adopt another lifestyle that supports us in healthy ways.

If You are Ready for a Different Life

If you are ready to overcome your addiction and want to leave treatment with a new life to carry you forward to ever-increasing health and sustainable gains, consider holistic treatment. Give us a call today for a free consultation and we can help you determine if holistic care is a good solution for you as you seek to overcome your addiction.

Destressing – Essential Holistic Elements of Addiction Treatment and Recovery

stacked rocks on beachDestressing is an essential element of any holistic addiction treatment. And, it is a practice that continues into recovery efforts after rehab in order to sustain gains made in treatment. Stress is a pervasive consequence of prolonged substance use, and of all the attendant consequences of addiction. In many ways, having an addiction is a traumatic experience. The body and brain are exposed to toxicity over a prolonged period, and for many people, that level of toxicity is profound, even causing organ damage, or reaching life-threatening proportions.

Also, the many natural consequences of an addiction are each and every one a stressor in itself. When things begin to go wrong in life because substance use has made life unmanageable, there is a domino-effect of negative events that can’t be stopped. One is left to experience the dismantling of daily life until measures are taken to recover and reclaim control. Each effect of an out of control life toxifies the body as well. The naturally produced stress chemicals permeate the system.

Addiction Detox and Destressing

Detox in addiction treatment is initially geared toward abstinence from an addictive substance. Use of addictive chemicals has to stop to allow the body to detoxify at this level before further healing can occur. As the intake of addictive substances is stopped, and the body is able to rinse out the residuals of chronic dosing, the body destresses profoundly.

Nervous system activity can return to a more normal internal environment. The organs are relieved from overwork to process a continuous flow of toxicity, and the mind and emotions begin to shift. Essentially, a foundational destressing begins with physical detox and continues throughout the other stages of treatment and recovery.

Taking Charge of The Body, Mind, and Spirit

Further destressing occurs as treatment moves into addiction’s footholds in the mind and spirit. Holistic treatment centers recognize that the whole person is affected by the addictive illness and that there are stressful and self-sabotaging thought patterns that must be addressed. In effect, particular thought patterns are toxic, triggering the release of stress hormones, and the activation of prolonged negative internal states.

Additionally, when the body and mind are preoccupied with toxicity on various levels, one’s spiritual well-being is naturally compromised. Addressing spiritual concerns, finding a good, orderly direction for daily life, and maintaining daily practices in alignment with one’s own ethics and values helps. When we live out of accordance with our deeply held values and beliefs, we experience another layer of chronic and toxifying stress.

Putting a comprehensive plan of action into motion, engaging the body, mind, and spirit, accelerates healing and the recovery process. We are whole individuals and cannot arbitrarily be fragmented into parts. Working simultaneously to heal the body, mind, and spirit is an integrated and comprehensive method with much-proven success.