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Spirituality and Addiction Recovery – Why You Need to Explore It

stacked rocks on beachSpirituality and addiction recovery often go hand-in-hand, but many people don’t really understand why this is. If addiction is such an isolating disease, why would it be so closely connected to spirituality? This is an even better when you truly understand the meaning of spirituality. In short, it’s a person’s connection to the world around them.

New research finds that when we feel connected with our place in the world in relation to our personal belief systems, we do much better in our recovery journey than if we don’t know where we fit. When we don’t know where we fit, we begin to wonder how much we really matter.

Why Spirituality Matters in Addiction Recovery

Now, if you’re wondering why spirituality might matter in your addiction recovery, you’re not alone. Many people don’t understand how important it is to be spiritually healthy. We often associate the spirit and spirituality with religion, but it’s about so much more than religion. So, it makes sense that having an understanding of your spirit might help you in your addiction recovery journey.

When it comes to holistically treating your addiction, you might find that you’ll undergo some spiritual guidance and that it’s incredibly helpful to your whole journey. In fact, you may just find that as you find your place in the world, you struggle less and less with cravings and urges to use.

Combining it with Other Holistic Practices

So, if you’re thinking okay, spirituality and addiction recovery is one thing, but how is it holistic? Well, in itself, it isn’t, except that it’s a non-medical way of living your life, and it works to balance your total being wellness. What you don’t know is that when combined with other holistic practices, like Yoga and meditation, you’re looking at a true powerhouse of recovery joy.

Think about it, when you’re working on understanding your spirituality, you’re looking within yourself. When you meditate, you’re learning how to live in the moment, release stress and calm yourself. This naturally takes you closer to your spirituality, and your addiction recovery.

So, if you’re thinking that you need to overcome your addiction, and you want to truly feel like you belong in your life and your own skin, it’s time to find a holistic rehab that meets your needs. When you combine total wellness with individual therapy, group therapy, and a desire to live clean and sober, you might just be surprised at how your world changes.

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Spiritual Guidance in Addiction Recovery – Why You Need it

beach sceneMany people wonder why spiritual guidance in addiction recovery is beneficial, but many holistic rehab programs believe it is one of the core needs of those overcoming addictions. When is the last time you’ve taken a good look at how your whole self is feeling? You know, your mind, your body, and your spirit? Chances are, you’ve broken your spirit. You’ve hurt yourself, and the very essence of you during the time of actively using or drinking.

Many say that addiction breaks their souls. The thing is, traditional addiction treatment might not go the distance toward healing this break. It might not help to heal the whole you, and without some spiritual guidance, you might always struggle in this area.

Treating the Whole You

When it comes to your spirit, and balancing and healing it, many people don’t understand the benefits until they get into a program that addresses this need. It’s not a religious thing, it’s different. It’s the energy within you. Your spirit is the YOU of you. Without being balanced and happy, your spirit can make overcoming your addiction very miserable.

When you go to holistic rehab, you’ll find that spiritual guidance is often an essential part of your treatment program, and with good reason. Simply, it works to complement the many other non-medical forms of treatment that are offered. When combined with these practices, such as Yoga, individual and group therapy, nutrition and meditation, spiritual guidance can help you to gain a better understanding of what makes you who you are, and how to help your spirit be at peace.

Finding a Holistic Rehab that Works for You

If you’re thinking that a holistic rehab might be a good way to overcome your addiction, you’re right. Many who are working on addiction recovery are discovering the non-medical benefits of a holistic lifestyle, and they are discovering that they can incorporate it into all aspects of their lives even after they complete treatment.

We can help you find a holistic rehab that meets your needs and helps you get started on the road to a healthy recovery. No matter whether you feel you need spiritual guidance, you want to find an alternative way of living to stay calm and centered, or you want a non-medical addiction treatment approach, holistic rehab can help you on your recovery journey. So, why not give us a call today and see how your life can change?

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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.

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Three Signs You’re Ready to Overcome Your Addiction

beach with birds and large rocksIn case you’re wondering, there are often signs that you’re ready to overcome your addiction. They might be subtle, and it doesn’t mean that kicking your habit will be easy, but it does mean that you’re in a good place to get to where you consider making a solid change in your life.

Now, you, as a person who is struggling with an addiction, know that you’re no longer having fun with this thing. At first, sure, it wasn’t so bad. You had friends, you hid things well, and you were in control. But, as time has gone by, you’ve found that your control has wavered, and things are mostly just bad now.

But are you ready? We’ve put together three signs you’re ready to overcome your addiction. They aren’t the only ones, but they are pretty solid indicators that now is the time to get into a holistic treatment program.

  • You just aren’t having fun anymore. Most of the time, you don’t even know why you started this horrible habit. And it’s pretty likely that these days, you’re just trying not to get sick. This isn’t what it was supposed to be like when you started a relationship with your drug of choice, but here you are. It’s not fun, but it’s life, right?
  • You desperately want out. If you’ve considered just doing a little too much of your drug of choice, or you’ve wished and wished that there were a way to get out of your addiction, it’s time to seek treatment. You’re there. You’re ready. Nobody can do it for you, but you can start to do it for yourself, and now is as good a time as any.
  • You’ve lost it all. Let’s be honest here. When you have nothing else to lose, losing your addiction might not be such a bad thing. You might feel like it doesn’t matter how miserable you get because you’re probably already there anyway. If you have nothing to lose from trying to overcome your addiction, then it’s time to get started.

These are just three signs that you’re ready to overcome your addiction, but many people who are successfully living clean and sober have said that they are three of the strongest signs, so if you answered yes to any of them, it might be time to get started on your recovery journey.

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Yoga and Your Addiction Recovery, What Makes it a Great Addition?

beach with birds and large rocksIf you’ve heard about yoga and your addiction recovery journey, you’re probably wondering what all the buzz is about. How can anyone know what’s going to be a good choice for you when they don’t know you? On the flip side, have you given yoga a try? Do you know what it can do for your whole body and sense of wellness?

Yoga is a type of exercise that actually builds your strength by forcing you to hold difficult or semi-difficult poses for a certain amount of time. By learning how to focus your breathing, you learn how to take some of the difficulty from the process and sustain the pose, even when it’s difficult.

There are many benefits to doing yoga, and your addiction recovery might just really thank you for it. So, what makes this type of exercise truly amazing?

  • Developing strength. Anytime we force our muscles to do something that is even slightly difficult, we give them strength. Strong muscles help to support the whole body. Plus, lean muscle burns more calories, and more importantly, fat. Having lean muscles can help to prevent osteoporosis, and even fight some of the negative effects of your addiction.
  • Building flexibility. Do you ever just feel like you need to stretch? Does it ever feel like no matter how hard you try, you just can’t get that edgy feeling out of your muscles? You’re probably struggling with tension. When you’re tense, you’re not flexible, and with time, this can become uncomfortable. Addiction recovery can cause a ton of tension, and yoga can help to reduce it.
  • Dropping the blood pressure. You might not know it, but yoga helps to bring your blood pressure down naturally. This is great news if now that you’re clean you find that you struggle to maintain a healthy blood pressure. Continued practicing can go a long way toward helping you to maintain whole body wellness.
  • Manages your weight. One of the biggest problems with quitting your addiction is your weight. Lots of people find that when they start to get clean and sober, they gain a lot of weight if they don’t work to manage it. Yoga can help you to avoid a lot of the weight gain you might otherwise experience from quitting your addiction.
  • Helps you focus. A lack of focus can be a really big problem for those who are working to overcome their addictions. Yoga helps you to clear your mind and focus on your breathing, and that gives you an edge when it comes to paying attention to all other aspects of life.

If these benefits don’t completely convince you to give it a try, you should know that yoga and your recovery can be a pair that you can carry with you anywhere. So, even when you’re fresh out of ideas to help you fight cravings and urges, a little bit of yoga can make a tremendous difference in how you’re feeling and we can help you do this through our holistic treatment were we help you dial into your mind, body and spirit.

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Can Meditating Daily Really Make a Difference in Your Recovery?

large stacked rocksMany people in recovery from an addiction swear by meditating daily as a way to keep them grounded, stress-free and help them avoid the pitfalls of a potential relapse. Now, if you’re wondering about meditation as a part of a recovering lifestyle, but you aren’t sure that it will make a difference for you, you should consider the many benefits of taking up this, and many other holistic recovery practices.

Meditating helps us in so many ways, and you don’t have to be striving to tap into the spiritual realm to really benefit from this practice. In fact, even if you’re just a beginner who focuses on your breathing for a few minutes, you can really reap some rewards.

  • Meditating can help to reduce your stress levels. Even if you’re just a beginner, just taking five minutes to slow down, clear your mind, and focus on your breathing can make dealing with the tough stuff just a little bit easier.
  • Meditating can even help to ease feelings of tension. Stress and tension can contribute to your desire to use or drink. Taking a while to meditate can help you to ease the physical tension that often goes along with stress, and since tension can cause us to feel physical pain, getting rid of it can actually help to fight some of those cravings.
  • Meditation reminds us of our place in the world, and in our recovery. When you’re focused on staying clean and sober, meditation can help you to stay grounded in your recovery efforts and keep you on the right path.
  • Meditating helps us stay in the moment. One of the problems that many in recovery have is thinking too far ahead or dwelling on the past. They let shame and heartache overwhelm them, or they find they drown in their fears about the future. The thing is, you’ve already been through the past, and you’re never going to get to the future if you can’t get through the current moment.

You don’t have to attend a holistic rehab to enjoy the benefits of meditation, but if you’re interested in taking your recovery, and your whole life in a more natural, alternative direction, getting started in a holistic treatment program can really help.

In the meantime, consider meditating daily to help lower stress levels, keep you grounded, and remind you that while you can’t control everything, there are some things that you can.