Why Does Holistic Treatment Help?
Treating mind, spirit and body, as well the physical addiction means that addicts can experience faster, longer-lasting, and more effective recovery. Addiction isn’t something that you “catch,” get treatment for, and then it goes away. Addiction is a complicated illness tied closely to the psychological and emotional parts of us. Treating the whole individual and not just the addiction makes a big difference. Let’s look at some holistic approaches and how they assist in your recovery process.
Yoga is perfect for strengthening mind, body, and spirit. The physical practice improves flexibility, strength, and body control. The mental practice improves focus and relieves stress and tension. The spiritual practice involves getting in tune with yourself, quieting your mind, and truly concentrating on your inner being. By quieting and centering, you can block out the distractions of the world.
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While yoga is ideal because it allows one to strengthen the mind, body, and spirit, any kind of exercise is great throughout lifelong recovery. Exercise boosts mood, makes you feel better about yourself, and keeps your life on a healthy forward-moving track. around you. By building both physical and mental strength, you can be more confident when life throws you a challenge. All of this helps you prepare for dealing with the issues that used to trigger addictive behaviors.
Many addicts suffer from chemical imbalances in the brain, and the proper diet and supplements can help to restore this balance. Addiction often causes the addict to neglect their physical health, creating a whole host of physical problems that only fuel the addiction. Proper nutrition and diet can help the body heal and recover, just as the mind and spirit must recover. Addiction is a disease, and just as proper nutrition and healthy eating is important in healing the body from any other kind of illness, it’s important for addiction recovery too. [image via Flickr]
Journaling is another way to beef up mentally and spiritually. Journaling can help you get in touch with the real you, the deep-down-inside you. It can assist in pinpointing patterns of behavior, in rooting out triggers, and in charting your progress. Studies have shown that those who journal their way through recovery are more likely to have fewer setbacks and gain better insight into their personal struggles than those who don’t. Listing things that you are grateful for, tracking your ups and downs, and listing your successes, no matter how small or large, can keep you on the track to recovery when life threatens to derail you. You’ve got your abilities and your victories down in black and white, to remind you anytime you forget and are tempted to fall. Plus, journaling is one of the best ways to release and communicate feelings that you need to process. A journal is like a best friend who always has an open ear.
Incorporating a holistic approach to treating addiction works, plain and simple. A healthy recovery includes all of you, and you are way more than a body. You are more than your addiction, and we know that at Summit Estate. That’s why treating mind, body and spirit is important to us, and we encourage our patients to embrace a holistic approach to recovery—and that means for life.