We Treat the Whole Person. What Does That Mean?

There are thousands of substance use rehabilitation centers across the United States. When looking for a treatment center for you or your loved one, it is important to consider what factors set standard treatment apart from exceptional treatment. While nearly all treatment centers are rooted in traditional therapeutic methods, holistic approaches enhance the effectiveness of treatment by tuning into all of a person’s unique physical and psychological needs.

Evolution of Treatment

When treatment for mental health and substance use issues first developed, it focused primarily on treating a specific and narrow problem. There are many treatment centers that still utilize this approach. However, over the last several years, research has found that the most effective treatment outcomes come from programs that emphasize whole-person health. 

Whole-person health involves considering all factors – physical, mental, social, spiritual – of an individual and how those factors contribute to a person’s overall wellbeing. It is important to recognize the value of holistic healing approaches and how these approaches can enhance your overall treatment experience and quality of life.

Understanding Holistic Treatment Approaches

Holistic treatment approaches focus on simultaneously healing the mind and body, which is essential for complete healing. Sometimes, holistic approaches are referred to as complementary or alternative treatment approaches because they are used in addition to traditional therapeutic interventions. Holistic therapy combines the traditional aspects of psychotherapy with other non-traditional approaches, such as meditation or breathwork.

Increases Mindfulness Skills

Holistic therapy is an umbrella term. It encompasses a wide range of treatment options that help treat all factors that influence an individual’s wellbeing. In general, holistic treatment strategies involve increasing mindfulness skills such as:

  • Self-awareness
  • Self-compassion and compassion for others
  • Emotional regulation
  • Relaxation
  • Self-discovery

Common Holistic Practices

Holistic approaches are designed to help people understand the relationships between the many facets of themself and how these relationships play a role in their overall mental wellness. Some examples of common holistic practices include, but are not limited to:

  • Acupuncture
  • Breathwork
  • Guided imagery
  • Meditation
  • Mindfulness
  • Reiki
  • Yoga

What Can Holistic Therapy Help Treat?

In combination with traditional therapeutic methods, holistic therapy can effectively treat a range of different mental health conditions. Some of these conditions include:

  • Addictions
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Co-occurring disorders
  • Self-medicating

Specifically for substance use problems, holistic approaches are known to help:

  • Aid in relief for physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms experienced as an individual becomes sober and learns to manage triggers and cravings
  • Balance emotional regulation as individuals learn to identify and overcome the root causes of their substance use and the consequences that their substance use may have caused
  • Spiritual grounding
  • Combat unhealthy behavior habits that may or may not relate to substance-using behavior. While becoming sober is a great start, long-term recovery must focus on replacing unhealthy behavior habits
  • Enhance relapse prevention

Holistic Treatment Is Individualized

One of the most notable benefits of rehab centers that utilize holistic treatment is that it tailors treatment to each client’s unique and individual needs. Every individual is different, and so are their conditions and symptoms. It is essential that treatment is focused on a personalized approach to help each client discover the unique causes of their substance use and other emotional distress. Personalized treatment is effective and efficient. 

Holistic treatment requires collaborative care. This means that a client will have access to different health professionals who all work collaboratively on that client’s case. By bringing together different perspectives of health professionals and clients, clients receive a higher quality of care and a more intimate treatment experience. Professionals may include therapists, psychiatrists, doctors, counselors, and dietitians.

Holistic Treatment at Vanity Wellness Center

Vanity Wellness Center believes in the use of holistic treatment when it comes to a whole-person treatment approach. We believe that effective addiction and substance use treatment must pay attention to all factors of an individual’s life that may have contributed to substance use in the past. By giving attention to these factors, clients are able to reclaim their self-worth and find deeper meaning in their life experiences.

Recovery Is About Sustaining Sobriety

Recovering from addiction and substance use is more than achieving sobriety. It is working to find integrative coping mechanisms that help you effectively cope with distress and actively prevent relapse. Holistic therapy is a crucial facet of maintaining lasting recovery.

By treating the whole person, you will realize that you are not defined by your substance use or your past mistakes. You will also realize that there are a variety of methods that will help you manage your addiction. Understand, you are and always have been a whole human being. Let us help you find the joy in sobriety.

Effective treatment for addiction and substance use conditions must treat the whole person. A whole-person approach to treatment is a holistic approach that focuses on simultaneously healing the mind and body to support complete healing. At Vanity Wellness Center, we are an outpatient rehab center that provides treatment to individuals with drug addiction and other substance use problems. We utilize holistic therapy and believe it to be an essential factor in achieving optimal health and wellness, primarily when it is used in addition to, or in combination with, traditional therapeutic psychotherapy methods. Our approach ensures that you get the most individualized approach to meet your needs. If you or your loved one is currently struggling to manage their sobriety and maintain recovery, then the time to get help is today. To learn more about our treatment programs, contact Vanity Wellness Center today by calling (866) 587-1737.  

Categories: Vanity NewsTags: , By Published On: May 20th, 2022

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