Starting your recovery journey can be daunting, and you may be wondering if the treatment plans offered at Allendale Treatment Center are worth it. We can assure you that your stay with us will be filled with learning experiences that will help you tackle life’s challenges, and our treatment processes are tailored individually for each patient. We combine traditional therapy and holistic treatments to make sure our patients get the most out of their stay.

But what is holistic treatment?

Most people know what to expect with traditional therapy methods, but questions can begin to arise when holistic treatment is brought up. In the medical field, holistic treatment is a treatment that focuses on the whole person rather than one symptom of a certain illness. Holistic treatment does not disregard traditional treatment methods like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy which are heavily evidence-based, but it can help give someone coping tools to avoid a relapse, curb withdrawal symptoms, and help with mental or emotional issues.


 Holistic Addiction Recovery

Holistic approaches to addiction have been steadily growing in the addiction recovery field. “Holistic treatment” focuses on physical and mental health, as well as other areas like one’s spirituality. With its focus on the “whole body,” holistic treatment targets a patient’s mind, body, emotions, and spirit. Holistic approaches to addiction recovery allow a therapist to address the entire person rather than just a part of them.

Holistic approaches are often talked about separately from traditional psychotherapeutic methods, but there is a field that combines both practices known as “holistic psychotherapy.” This combines some practices of talk therapy like psychoanalysis with non-traditional methods like yoga, breathwork, or writing therapy. You will notice that many kinds of addiction centers other than Allendale Treatment Center use some form of holistic approach mixed in with their traditional therapy methods.


Holistic Treatment Approaches and Uses

Holistic treatment can come in many forms, such as:

  • Yoga
  • Music, art, or writing
  • Exercise
  • Acupuncture
  • Meditation
  • Breathwork
  • Massage therapy
  • Herbal or plant concoctions

Holistic treatment is based on someone’s history in addiction centers, substance abuse history, and multicultural background (age, race, personality, sex, religion, sexual orientation, etc.). With such a wide range of holistic approaches, there are usually several approaches that are beneficial for anyone. A good example of an approach that benefits almost anyone is exercise, especially if someone’s substance abuse has deteriorated their physique.

Holistic approaches have been known to help with various addictions like alcoholism, opioid addiction, and benzodiazepine addiction. They have also helped with behavioral and process addictions like sex addiction, gambling addiction, or social media addiction. Holistic treatment can also be beneficial for those that are struggling with mental health or co-occurring disorders that came along with their substance abuse.