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Treating alcohol and substance abuse is a complex process. Different treatment centers have a variety of ways to help a patient recover their mind, body, and soul. Each person responds to treatment differently. Typically, a successful regimen must fit around the individual and their addiction; a one-size-fits-all approach is not recommended.

Medical science debates how effective holistic care is. Many treatment centers offer holistic services to help relax patients while they are receiving other treatments. Holistic treatment for addiction alone can compel a patient to stay and complete their program if it proves useful for them.

What Does Holistic Mean?

The word ‘holistic,’ in the context of addiction treatment, is to focus on the whole being of the person, including mental health. For optimum health and wellness, a medical center will look at every aspect of well-being.

To have the best shot at recovery, patients must heal themselves and get to the underlying cause of their addiction. It requires therapy, counseling, and treating the physical symptoms. What caused the addiction? Was it stress or trauma? Holistic treatment looks at everything as a whole rather than individual pieces.

What is Holistic Treatment?

Holistic treatment is a combination of non-medicinal therapies with traditional treatment plans. Holistic therapy helps a person become in tune with their inner self physically, mentally, and spiritually. Patients’ need to experience a full-body regeneration, through counseling, therapy, and other means.

Types of Holistic Therapy for Substance Abuse Treatment

The patient can benefit from having a compassionate, caring staff around them and the following therapies:


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.


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 release blocked energy in your body and help 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.

These types of holistic care techniques often have a better track record of success for recovering addicts than those who do not participate in these.

Benefits of Holistic Treatment for Addiction

There are specific markers that often lead to addiction. As we continue to define what may cause a person to become addicted, different techniques will arise. Research is ongoing, but so far, holistic treatments are tuned to the individual’s needs to help the rate of success. A holistic approach focus on:

  • Healing the mental and physical symptoms of withdrawal.
  • Emotional imbalances that cause substance abuse.
  • Personal lack of grounding.
  • Eating habits that can cause mental, emotional, and physical distress.
  • Environmental concerns that cause health problems.
  • Lack of spiritual guidance.
  • Psychological damage from childhood occurrences.
  • Energy imbalances.

Each person who arrives at a rehab treatment facility is unique. The cause for one person’s addiction will be different from another’s. Because of that, holistic treatment is widely beneficial. Why subject people who are intrinsically unique to the same type of recovery?

Having a variety of traditional and alternative methods is key to a higher success rate of addiction recovery and relapse prevention. 

Importance of Holistic Therapy 

To overcome substance abuse, seeking treatment is vital. It is nearly impossible, and even dangerous, to do it without medical supervision. Holistic healing covers a wide range of symptoms and issues. To address the individual’s every concern and issue is the only way to defeat the addiction.

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 therapy program. If our success has taught us anything, it’s that Eastern medicine is extremely necessary as it pertains to addiction recovery.

Whatever addiction you are facing, you do not have to tackle the issue alone. Contact Serenity Acres today to get on the road to recovery. Our Admissions Counselors will guide you in the right direction to get your customized holistic treatment plan started.