Beaten Down By Life and Seeking Relief – The Truth Behind Many Addictions

image of pink flowers at sunsetWhen you’re beaten down by life, it’s easy to look just about anywhere for a break. Life gets hard, and it seems like almost everything we do can either be good or bad. We don’t have control over the things that other people do, and we don’t really get a say in many of the things that affect our day-to-day. So what’s a person supposed to do?

Why We Seek Relief

Many people try to do things to regain their control and feel like things are okay again, and some of this behavior can actually be a part of the reason why an addiction develops. Take the person seeking relief through the use of substances and going out to have a good time. At first, going out and cutting loose a little bit helps to ease stress and help to remind you that everything will be okay.

When we use substances, we often feel good. We feel good about life, good about ourselves, and just good in general. It’s a pretty quick fix for many problems that come up, and if you’ve been struggling for a long time, it’s going to sound appealing.

This is especially the case if our everyday lives leave us feeling like we don’t matter or are disliked, or if we feel like others are treating us badly and there is nothing we can do about it. You would be surprised the effect that the way others treat us can have on our emotional wellbeing.

While it might be harmless to go out once in a great while with a designated driver and have a couple drinks with friends, it’s not a good practice to get into. Especially if you’re trying to self-medicate and are drinking or abusing substances just to soothe your soul.

How Being Beaten Down by Life Can Cause Addictions

When life gives us a beating, we often don’t realize what it can really be doing to us. It’s so common to “let off steam,” in our society by partying, getting high or drunk, that many of us don’t think much of it. However, as the way we feel continues to grow, and our lack of control over situations keeps getting worse, we may find that we also struggle with depending on drinking or using more and more to cope with our negative feelings.

If you or a loved one has been beaten down by life and are now struggling with an addiction, you might want to consider the mind, body, spirit healing that a holistic rehab can offer you. It’s a fresh start, and a way to overcome your addiction that you can truly embrace and make a part of your life.

Addiction – A Symptom of a Deeper Problem

girl standing on rocks covered in fogIf you have an addiction, you know that it can be a serious problem. Your health is affected, your finances are affected, your family and friends are often affected, and depending on the source of the addiction, you might even find that your ability to hold a job and have a home or healthy family can be affected.

If you have a loved one, you probably understand the gravity of having an addiction. The thing that so many people don’t realize is that this issue has more to do with something deeper underneath that’s going on emotionally.

Physical Illnesses Show Symptoms, so Do Mental Ones

When considering that addiction is a mental illness of sorts or a chronic condition, we also need to consider that, like other illnesses, addiction is simply what you can see of a much deeper, possibly buried, emotional problem that needs to be addressed. For example, people with PTSD, or who are abused as children might turn to drugs or alcohol to help them feel normal.

This is a common way of trying to cope with the feelings they struggle with and give them the chance to feel normal. Unfortunately, what actually happens is that an addiction can develop. But for the person choosing to abuse alcohol or substances, it’s about self-medicating and trying to feel better.

Getting to the Heart of the Problem

Because addiction is a symptom of a deeper problem, it’s important to seek treatment when working to overcome an addiction. This is the only way that you will be able to resolve the deep emotional or mental issues that might actually be driving you to want to continue using or drinking, as individual therapy can go a long way in helping you to understand yourself and learn to cope with the situations in your life that have left a lasting, harmful impression.

Without coming to terms with situations and learning how to deal with them, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to truly overcome your addiction.

Holistic rehabs offer life-changing recovery approaches, combined with proven treatment methods such as individual therapy that can help you to understand what’s really happening in your heart and mind and start to heal that, allowing the symptom of your addiction to diminish.

With time, and effort, many who choose to attend holistic rehab find that they are living a balanced, healthy life that is free of addiction. If you want to start getting clean and sober, and holistic treatment sounds like something you might enjoy, give us a call today. We can help you get on the road to a healthy recovery.

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 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.

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.