While most trends come and swiftly pass, one trend that is putting down deep roots is the use of holistic therapies applied to the health industry. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the addiction recovery field, where the addition of experiential and holistic interventions helps to augment the effects of traditional therapy for treating individuals overcoming substance use disorders. These complimentary therapies are offered in both men’s and women’s inpatient rehab, but are especially appreciated by women.
Holistic Addiction Treatment: Mind, Body, and Spirit
Humans are complex beings composed of many working parts. When one aspect of our whole self is out of kilter, it throws everything else out of balance. When treating someone for a substance use disorder, it isn’t enough to just focus on the diagnosis and provide only psychological interventions. This is because of the connectedness people have between their mind, body, and spirit, which, when working in tandem create a healthy, centered sense of wellbeing.
Addiction programs that feature holistic and experiential therapies offer a more comprehensive approach to treatment, taking into account the person’s spiritual needs, the need for restoring physical health, and psychological examination and coaching. All these facets of the person must work in tandem to heal the whole person, mind, body, and spirit in order to achieve lasting recovery.
Holistic Women’s Inpatient Rehab versus Traditional Rehab
For women, a holistic approach to treatment addresses the important aspects of the female psyche, things that can be overlooked in traditional rehab. Traditional addiction treatment programs focus a significant portion of the curriculum on individual and group psychotherapy. In addiction treatment, the most effective of these includes cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, EMDR, interpersonal psychotherapy, and contingency management interventions.
There is no argument how important these elements are to addiction recovery, as they can assist the individual in creating new ways to cope with life’s stressors and difficulties without resorting to using drugs or alcohol in response. Psychotherapy can guide the individual through their emotional landscape to help identify any potential underlying issues—past traumas, being in an abusive relationship, grief and loss, or a history of childhood abuse—that might be contributing to the addictive behaviors.
But psychotherapy in and of itself can be insufficient in treating addiction. Deep emotional pain might be identified during individual or group therapy, but actually processing it and walking through the levels of pain, disappointment, fear, and anxiety that lie at the core of the pain is also necessary. This can be accomplished via holistic activities offered in women’s inpatient rehab.
The New Treatment Model for Addiction
Rather than viewing addiction treatment as either holistic or traditional, the latest treatment model is a blend of both. When used together, holistic therapies not only compliment the traditional therapies but they can actually augment the clinical value of psychotherapy. Some holistic rehabs eschew medications entirely, opting for 100% natural treatment methods, even in detox. In most cases, however, holistic treatments are used in partnership with medication, psychotherapy, and 12-step or non 12-step recovery programming.
Holistic treatment emphasizes the interconnectedness within each of us; the mind, body, and spirit alliance that keeps us in harmony and balance. The spiritual component can be different for everyone, depending on the individual’s approach to the spiritual aspect of our lives. For some, it may mean a closer connection to God, for others it may be an enhanced relationship to the universe or a higher power. The mind component represents the powerful connection between our mental state, and any discordant issues, and our overall wellbeing. The body component represents the need for sound nutrition to restore the body to renewed health following addiction.
Types of Holistic Treatments in Women’s Inpatient Rehab
Some of the more popular holistic and experiential activities offered to women in rehab include:
- The use of yoga as an adjunct therapy in rehab is based on its ability to increase physical strength, flexibility, reduce stress, promote relaxation, and improve sleep quality.
- Spending time in thought and reflection helps the individual gain important insights while also gaining control over their emotions. Meditation promotes ways to respond to cravings or triggers in healthy ways and can include prayer time, another potential source of strength in recovery.
- This Eastern medical practice has been found to assist in recovery by reducing pain related to withdrawal symptoms, and also by reducing stress.
- Mindfulness and deep breathing. Early recovery is a difficult time, where the mind is still bouncing around disrupting any attempts at peace and tranquility. To help manage this, the practice of mindfulness, or the mindful awareness and focus on the present moment, coupled with deep breathing exercises, help minimize stress and promote relaxation.
- Massage therapy. People often hold their stress in the neck, back, and shoulders. Massage therapy helps to release the tensions in the body and benefits the mind with pleasurable feelings of deep relaxation in the process.
- Exercise therapy. Exercise is known for benefiting both our physical and emotional health. Programs that include exercise and fitness activities help clients improve overall wellbeing while elevating mood with release of endorphins.
- Art therapy. Some individuals hesitate to open up during therapy, feeling self-conscious about revealing their innermost thoughts and worries. These same individuals may benefit from art therapy to help them express their emotions artistically instead of verbally.
- Equine therapy. Caring for a horse, by feeding, grooming, and exercising the horse, can be beneficial in recovery. This relationship with a horse becomes a source for building self-esteem, confidence, and empathy for something outside oneself.
Capo By the Sea Holistic Women’s Inpatient Rehab
Capo By the Sea is a leading luxury men and women’s inpatient rehab located in the seaside community in Southern California. In addition to using various evidence-based therapeutic interventions for treating addiction, Capo By the Sea specializes in offering holistic treatments that appeal to women in particular. These spa-like holistic treatments enhance the overall rehab experience with some much appreciated pampering. Capo By the Sea offers yoga classes, massage therapy, acupuncture, and exercise classes in addition to golf, pet friendly high-end accommodations, and couples rehab. For more information about the program, please contact Capo By the Sea today at 888-529-2114.