How Do Alcohol And Drug Rehabs Integrate Treating The Mind And Body?

Addiction to drugs and alcohol is a devastating process to go through. It affects the body, the mind, our relationships, our life circumstances, and finding a way out is imperative to regaining your life.

Regardless of how you found yourself succumbing to addiction, the reality is that if you want to begin to repair your life and your health, you must undergo treatment in order to do so.

Entering treatment

The decision to enter drug and alcohol rehabilitation is a significant life event, and not one to be taken lightly. You may be wondering what type of treatment you will experience while you’re in rehab. Most drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers now offer a combination of holistic care therapies; they are designed to improve mental, physical, and emotional health, giving strategies for long term self-care that will promote long, healthy life.

Holistic treatment: Mind and body health

Medical experts have long known about the mind/body connection and the critical role that both play in health and healing. Holistic treatment approaches seek to address issues with both mind and body, returning the body to balance and making conditions ideal for healing. The mind-body connection is a unique bond between physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, and behavioral health. The health of all of these components must be prioritized in order to overcome addictive behaviors and patterns. When seeking treatment from addiction, holistic treatment focuses on uncovering the root causes of addiction and implementing aspects of self care that address mind-body-emotional health.

What types of therapies are used to address mind-body connection and healing?

In a holistic treatment center, you will undergo an initial detoxification protocol, followed by a number of traditional and integrative therapies used to treat the whole individual. Some of these therapies include:

1. Traditional therapy

Traditional talk therapy encountered in treatment is both individual and group format; they are designed to allow people to express themselves, release toxic emotions and reveal dysfunctional patterns of thinking and behavior that contributed to the addiction. One important element of talk therapy is learning to listen to and value the thoughts and opinions of others as a means of understanding one’s own issues on a deeper level.

2. Cognitive behavioral therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, is a type of therapy that is geared toward revealing dysfunctional thoughts, habits, and actions that contributed to the cycle of addiction. This highly-individualized form of therapy usually takes place between a patient and practitioner, and is highly effective in revealing patterns that will be addressed and treated as therapy progresses.

3. Dialectical behavioral therapy

Dialectical behavioral therapy, or DBT, is the process of building emotional coping skills and improving interpersonal relationships for the purpose of learning how to manage difficult emotional situations.

4. Family therapies

Quite often, family dysfunction is a major contributor to addiction. Trauma, life experiences, and poor support from family members can all contribute to the types of thoughts and emotions that drive us into addiction to seek solace and comfort. Bringing those family members into therapy in an attempt to understand what created the patterns will be a key part of being able to let go of toxic thoughts, emotions and behaviors that contribute to addictive behaviors.

5. Arts therapy

Feeding the soul in recovery is an integral part of success in treatment. Through the use of artistic therapies such as art and music, an individual is encouraged to express themselves and process information in a healthier, more productive manner.

6. Yoga and meditation

Part of mind-body wellness is making sure the mind is fit and clear as well; through implementing practices like yoga and meditation, an individual learns to quiet that obsessive thinking and return once again to stillness within the present moment. Adopting an attitude of gratitude for what is will be instrumental in recovery and beyond as they attempt to set up healthy patterns for life after addiction; yoga and meditation are perfect disciplines to help facilitate this.

7. Nutritional and health counseling

An integral part of mind-body wellness is nutrition and activity levels. In a healing protocol, what you eat and how you treat your body does matter; through a combination of nutritional counseling and personal health coaching, it is possible to design a program that allows for optimal healing to take place through food, exercise, and setting up good habits that last a lifetime.

Take advantage of the opportunity

The decision to enter treatment can be a scary one, but it is also rich with opportunity to redefine who you are and what you want out of life. You have incredible tools and resources for growth and healing at your fingertips; take advantage of each these opportunities and see where this healing pathway can take you. You have an exciting journey ahead of you, but it won’t be easy. Commit to it, go the distance, and invest in yourself—you deserve to live your best life! Call today at 833-820-2922 to get started on your healing pathway; we will help you get there.