Modern medicine is a fantastic thing. Advances such as X-ray machines, MRIs, CAT scans, and ECGs allow doctors to see inside the human body and detect problems in a way that normal observation never allowed. But what if not all the problems of the human condition could be detected by modern medicine? Often times, doctors are very good at telling you what is wrong with you – but not always able to tell you why. Holistic treatment is a different approach. It pinpoints the underlying cause of your issues by focusing on your life as a whole – body, mind, and spirit.
Addiction wears a person down physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, you name it. But the incorporation of proven Eastern remedies can not only help you heal from that which ails you, but help you dig deep inside of yourself and remove the root cause. The most impactful holistic treatments include Yoga, Meditation, and Acupuncture. Massages and Saunas are just as commonly used but lean more towards comfort rather than healing and arguably are not as effective.
Meditation and Yoga
Are ancient practices that leave you in a state of profound, deep peace, and awareness that occurs when the mind is calm, silent, yet alert. The goal of meditation and yoga is to slow down and eventually, completely stop the incessant activities in our mind. Together, they bring about emotional stability, clarity of mind, and can improve your focus and help you regain your spirituality. For an addict, yoga practice and meditation are all excellent to help mood regulation. These types of activities lower the levels of the hormone cortisol in your bloodstream, increase your interleukin levels (enhancing your immune system and providing you with greater energy), and streamline your body’s ability to cleanse itself of chemical toxins, such as lactic acid in your muscles and bloodstream, which can affect neurotransmitter receptors and alter your mood. Mindfulness meditation thickens a part of the brain that is responsible for optimism, spaciousness, and possibility. It is also accountable for creativity, sense of curiosity, and the ability to be reflective.
Is also an ancient practice invented by the Chinese. It is a system of complementary medicine that involves pricking the skin or tissues with needles, used to alleviate pain and to treat various physical, mental, and emotional conditions. The goal of acupuncture is to releases blocked energy in your body, and helps to channel it more positively. Acupuncture helps reduce the cravings, anxiety, sleep disturbance, and need for pharmaceuticals, but it helps create a more optimistic and synergistic attitude towards the process of recovery. Essentially, it reboots the sympathetic nervous system, that “fight or flight” response that can get out of hand, causing us to experience escalating anxiety and heightened stress.
A good sauna session can help us to cleanse our systems of all of the built-up toxins we’re constantly exposed to. The body naturally stores these residues in fatty tissues. It is important to draw these toxins out so they can be released from the body to prevent new physical craving. This greatly enhances the prospect of a sustainable long-term recovery.
A therapeutic massage can release a lot of the built-up tension held in the body. Massage, which has been proven to increase dopamine and serotonin, and decrease cortisol, helps those in recovery by releasing fewer stress hormones. Stress hormones, including cortisol, weaken the immune system and can lead to increased pain.
All of these treatments brought together as a whole – along with your own personal desire to get better – offer a natural way of treatment and peace of mind and are very effective at healing your mind, body, and spirit. At Serenity Acres, we heavily incorporate all of these essential healing methods into our addiction rehab program. Time and time again we find our clients pleasantly surprised by how much better they feel when they participate in our holistic treatment program. If our success has taught us anything, it’s that Eastern medicine is extremely necessary as it pertains to addiction recovery.