Traditional forms of therapy, like individualized and group therapy, are shown to be effective throughout treatment. But, research and experience have shown the staff at Asheville Recovery Center that alternative methods of therapy also help patients in addiction recovery to heal from their pasts and make way for a better future. There are a few forms of holistic therapy that are offered at Asheville Recovery Center for patients who wish to have a more fulfilling treatment experience and give themselves the best chance for a long-term and successful recovery.
What is Holistic Therapy?
Surgery, medication, and individual therapy are all examples of traditional medicine used by many Americans. Traditional medicine is based on the physical symptoms patients experience. The goal of traditional medicine is to find the problem resulting in the symptom and treat it. Most traditional treatments and therapies target one organ or system of the body. However, holistic medicine differs from traditional medicine because instead of specifying and treating one particular area of the body, it targets the entire body as a whole. The idea of holistic therapy is that physical symptoms are a result of a body that is not in balance, and the therapies work to regain that balance and restore healing. Additionally, holistic therapy does not only focus on only the physical, as traditional medicine does. Rather, holistic therapy aims to treat an individual regarding their physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual forms. Holistic medicine dates back thousands of years and comes from the East, but methods of holistic therapies are beginning to show much promise in the lives of individuals recovering from addiction in the Western world.
Yoga Therapy in Addiction Treatment
One of the holistic therapies offered at Asheville Recovery Center is yoga. Yoga utilizes stretching, breathing, exercise, and meditation all in one sitting to regain balance throughout recovery. Benefits of yoga throughout addiction treatment include stress reduction, sleep regulation, internal reflection, increased energy and stamina, reduced symptoms of pain, and an overall improvement of quality of life. Spending time practicing yoga can also help individuals looking for healthy outlets for relapse triggers in early recovery. Yoga helps to give the mind, body, and soul the balance it needs to gain more from other methods of therapy utilized during treatments.
Meditation Therapy in Addiction Treatment
Meditation uses breathing and inner reflection to help the mind and body heal. Throughout recovery, individuals will experience triggers and cravings for their drug of choice. Meditation is a useful technique to manage these cravings and redesign thought processes that lead to relapse triggers. Individuals who struggle with addiction and wish to live a life of sobriety need to learn how to live in the present moment. Doing so allows these individuals to focus on their sobriety presently, instead of worrying about the future or gaining anxiety from the past. Meditation helps to bring the self back to earth and calm the mind so that treatment can be more effective and healing can take place. Further benefits of meditation include self-acceptance, decreased anxiety, and heightened concentration.