Why More Addicts are Choosing Holistic Addiction Treatment

With more people than ever before struggling with addiction in the United States, it has become ever more critical that the addiction treatments available to those seeking help with recovery are as effective and beneficial as possible.

For the past seventy to eighty years or so, the most commonplace and most recognized form of addiction treatment has been the twelve step program which was developed in the 1930s to help people get control of alcohol dependence through the attendance of regular support group meetings and the intervention of a higher power. After initial mixed success at convincing the medical community of the time, the twelve steps eventually won the support of most if not all of the mainstream medical community.

Today, the twelve step program in conjunction with other medical practices such as medication, psychotherapy, and group rehab is considered the norm and are generally referred to as the “traditional” approach to addiction rehab.

While this method of addiction treatment has helped a great many people over the years, there are also many other people for whom the twelve step program has not worked for a variety of reasons.

This is just fine as everyone is different and experiences addiction in different and personal ways.

Fortunately, there are many other options for those seeking help in recovering from drug or substance addiction.

In many cases, these other treatment options have been just as effective or even more effective in treating addiction, especially over the long-term.

One of the most effective and therefore most common of these is the holistic approach to addiction rehab.

How Does Holistic Rehab Compare to Traditional Treatment?

Holistic rehab is the result of how the field of holistic medicine has been applied to the world of addiction treatment.

Holistic medicine is a branch of medicine that treats each patient not as a list of symptoms to be treated with the prescription of drugs to suppress those symptoms, but as a person who is a mind-body-soul unit and whose symptoms are treated by finding and treating not just the symptoms, but the underlying disorders or unhealthy conditions that are the causes of those symptoms.

What this means in the treatment of addiction is that at a holistic drug rehab the subject of addiction is not generally regarded as an incurable disease that one must suppress the symptoms of for the rest of your life.

Rather, addiction tends to be seen as a condition that can be resolved and handled by treating the person as a whole. This means getting through the current drug use situation, and then resolving any reasons that may have caused the person to use drugs in the first place, as well as the things that may cause them to abuse drugs again in the future.

This approach may be one of the largest differences between “traditional” rehab and holistic addiction treatment.

There are, of course, many other differences when it comes to how the two treat addiction as well.

A holistic addiction treatment program will most likely have all of the same treatment options as a traditional rehab, but they will also have a great many additional options for increasing their program’s effectiveness. And these options can be tailor-made into a unique program to best suit the individual needs of anyone in the program.

One of the best parts of holistic addiction treatment especially when compared to the traditional, one size fits all method, is that the system is very flexible. If one part of the program is not working for someone, there is no point in trying to force it to work. Rather method would be to re-evaluate and find a different approach that will best work for that individual.

Holistic rehab is based on the concept of “Holism” which is a theory that holds that all of the parts of a whole thing (such as a person) are intimately interconnected, that each part cannot exist without the whole, nor can any part be understood without reference to the whole. If something is wrong with one or more parts of the whole person (such as an addiction) then it will be affecting many other parts of the whole person and may have causes beyond just the obvious. The defining quality of a holistic approach could be said to be the search for, and the treatment of, the root cause of a disorder or unhealthy condition.

As opposed to the simple management of symptoms common in much of “traditional” medicine.

There have been many cases wherein the standard medical practice would be to call someone’s symptoms an incurable disease and the only “solution” is to take a prescription drug to manage symptoms for the rest of the patient’s life. At great cost to their insurance company.

Often in such cases, a holistic approach can indeed find the root cause of the problem and treat and eliminate the issue.

This same occurrence often can be seen reflected in the field of addiction rehab, and for many, a holistic rehab offers the very best chance of not only quitting drugs but quitting addiction altogether.

For all of these reasons and more, it is clear to see why more addicts than ever are choosing holistic addiction treatment when they need help in their recovery.

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