20 Feb 2017

Holistic Approaches to Recovery

Recovery from alcohol or drug addiction requires many different approaches for a successful, well-rounded treatment. Certain facets of treatment — such as in-patient recovery, AA and NA meetings and even sober living facilities— come to mind when one thinks of recovery. However, several holistic therapies (when supervised by a qualified doctor or therapist) can supplement one’s treatment process.

Here are a handful of holistic approaches:

  • Acupuncture. Acupuncture is a facet of Eastern medicine that dates back over 2,500 years. With acupuncture, needles are inserted into specific points on the body to promote healing and wellbeing. This therapy has been proven to reduce anxiety and agitation, as well as improve mental focus.
  • Meditation. Meditation is a practice that promotes mental clarity and focus. Many different types of meditation are practiced to help calm the mind and improve mental consciousness. Meditation can be challenging to newcomers, but like any form of exercise, it takes practice and dedication.
  • Pet therapy. Animal therapy is used in treatment for many chronic illnesses and cases of trauma. The owner-animal relationship has many physical and mental benefits. The interaction promotes trust, reduces stress and anxiety, lowers blood pressure, patience and much more.
  • Yoga. Like acupuncture, yoga has been practiced since ancient times. This discipline requires mental, spiritual and physical focus, so it can serve as an effective outlet and help those in recovery develop additional coping skills.
  • Creative arts therapy. Creative arts, whether painting or theater, provides an outlet where recovering addicts can build self-esteem and make new experiences that don’t involve drugs or alcohol. Creative therapies are helpful in recovery because they allow participants to express themselves in situations when it can be difficult to articulate feelings through talking.

What holistic therapies do you participate in? Please share!