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.



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.