Although treatment is a great tool to help gain successful long-term recovery, there are methods you can learn to utilize during and after treatment to boosting that success. Holistic methods are showing great promise for those recovering from addiction. Although there isn’t much research on how holistic methods can help obtain recovery, there is research in how these methods can help obtain a balance of the mind, body, and soul. So, in turn, this balance helps those in recovery to keep motivated on their journey to remain free from addiction.
What are Holistic Methods?
Holistic methods, or alternative methods, have been used for thousands of years. Many of these practices have been established and developed by ancient China and passed down for generations. Used for a variety of different ailments, these practices are thought to help the body regain its natural balance. The idea is that illness (including addiction) is a result of an imbalance of the body. This is because there is also the idea that the body, mind, and soul are all in connection with each other. So, when the imbalance is rectified, the illness or side effect is relieved.
Holistic Methods Showing Promise for those Recovering from Addiction
There are a number of different holistic methods used both in and after addiction treatment. These therapies have been known to reduce pain, stress, and even invite feelings of inner peace. Obviously, all of these attributes can be helpful to a recovering individual. Examples of holistic methods used in recovery include:
Yoga: This practice involves physical movement to encourage slow stretching through various postures. Furthermore, slow breathing and meditation are utilized concurrently with the postures. This mix of exercise and meditation bring about physical and spiritual balance simultaneously. Yoga is known for helping to reduce stress levels, increase energy, and encourage higher self-esteem.
Meditation: This ancient practice involves sitting silently to achieve mindfulness. Mindfulness is the characteristic of remaining in the present moment. This is one of the absolute best characteristics a recovering individual can establish. Without past or future worry, recovering individuals can focus on being healthy, happy, and sober in the current moment. Meditation is one of the simplest, cheapest, and easiest of the holistic methods used in recovery.
Acupuncture: This Chinese technique, used by mankind for thousands of years, is known to help ease symptoms of dozens of illnesses. It’s believed that acupuncture helps to balance the “qi”, or the energy, of the body. When this energy is disturbed, the balance of the qi becomes kiltered and negative symptoms occur. With acupuncture, needles are placed into various pressure points found throughout the body. This is known to positively affect the flow the qi and in turn, rebalance the connection between mind, body, and soul.
Massage: Another way to work the pressure points and rebalance the qi is massage. This therapy works to heal muscle soreness and is known to promote a peaceful perspective. Furthermore, massage therapy can be a great reducer of anxiety and stress.
Utilizing Holistic Methods throughout Addiction Recovery
A great way to learn to use and implement holistic methods throughout recovery so that they become routine is to go to treatment. Although traditional methods are regulated and proven to work statistically, holistic methods have become a staple in the recovery community as well. By utilizing both methods congruently, individuals can find what truly works for their own recoveries. Ready to find what traditional and holistic methods of treatment work for you or a loved one? Now’s the time to take peace with recovering from addiction and start a new life! Give us a call at Diablo Valley Drug and Alcohol Services today to speak to an experienced addiction specialist at (925) 289-1430.