Holistic & Experiential Therapies

The use of complementary methods of treatment like holistic and experiential therapies in aiding people suffering from substance abuse disorder have been proven helpful particularly if carried out together with traditional addiction treatments. Combining holistic therapies with conventional modes of treatment such as psychotherapy and addiction counseling can significantly improve the overall well-being of the patient as well as the healing environment.

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A holistic drug treatment program focuses on ensuring that the well-being of the entire person is addressed – body, mind, emotions, and spirit. Unlike traditional methods of treatment that centers on addiction recovery alone, holistic approaches see beyond the person’s substance abuse problem. Holistic forms of treatment will tackle the patient’s:

  • Emotional health
  • Intellectual capacity
  • Physical health
  • Social life
  • Environmental status

Holistic drug treatment facilities believe that every category above affect the other, which means that even though the person is physically healthy but he has poor emotional health, his entire being will not be able to function at its best. To help a drug addict achieve long-term sobriety, therefore, means all aspects of the person’s being should be working together without problems.


Benefits of Holistic and Experiential Therapies

People suffering from substance abuse disorder who decided to enter a holistic rehab center that provides different forms of holistic and experiential therapies to complement traditional forms of treatment can experience the following advantages:


It makes the addiction treatment process more enjoyable and less overwhelming.

Conventional forms of treatment such as detoxification, medication, and counseling can be overwhelming especially in the first few days of rehab. However, when such treatments are combined with holistic and experiential forms like garden therapy and yoga, the entire recovery process becomes less burdensome and stressful and a bit more tolerable, if not enjoyable.


It increases the effectiveness of the addiction treatment plan.

The use of holistic rehab approaches encourages recovering addicts to better participate and cooperate in their treatment plan. When patients get fully involved and active in completing their program, they become more receptive to treatment in general.


It encourages drug dependents to endure and complete the treatment program, particularly those who find conventional treatments intimidating.

A treatment program that is solely composed of traditional rehab treatments can be intimidating and overwhelming, which can cause some patients to not fully cooperate or even abandon the treatment plan completely. Blending the program with holistic approaches that encourage the patient’s interest, however, can help the patient to endure the challenges of rehab better and longer.


It fosters healing, improves immunity and resiliency.

Patients inside a holistic treatment center are exposed to different forms of holistic therapies that help them deal with excessive tension and stress inside the rehab facility. Patients who are more relaxed during treatment will have improved immune system, better able to cope with life in addiction treatment, and can improve their overall well-being more quickly.


It teaches the patient essential skills to cope with stress and challenges.

One of the primary reasons why people turn to drugs and alcohol is to ease their tension, stress, or anxiety. Abusing substances becomes the most convenient form of escape. When patients undergo holistic therapies, they learn various ways to cope with stress and difficulties that are healthier and not destructive.


Types of Holistic and Experiential Therapies

Some of the more common holistic and experiential therapies being administered at Ranch Creek Recovery’s drug addiction rehab facilities include the following:


Yoga had been proven to have profound health and mental benefits. It helps the patient to relax, calm the mind, improve his ability to concentrate, and foster patience. The practice of yoga can also teach addiction patients to control their cravings, tension, and even insomnia.


Meditation works through silencing the mind, promoting relaxation, and improving mental clarity. Frequent meditation has been proven to significantly lessen the level of anxiety, stress, and tension. Patients who are relaxed and stress-free have greatly reduced drug cravings and better self-control.


Acupuncture is often used to significantly minimize the painful symptoms of withdrawal during the detoxification process. This practice is also believed to help drug dependents achieve long-term sobriety considering that it ease tension, anxiety, and irritability, and even lack of concentration.


Massage therapists use different techniques to essentially help the patient get rid of stress and calm the body down. This type of holistic therapy is popular as a form of natural detox as kneading the various body muscles can improve blood circulation, therefore, the process of flushing out of toxins in the body becomes much easier and less painful. Massages can also help the patient in various stages of the recovery journey to remain calm and able to control their mood.


Exercising generally provides numerous health benefits not only physically but mentally, and emotionally as well. Carrying out various forms of exercises can help improve the mood, confidence, good sleep, and even boost one’s energy. All these effects can be beneficial particularly in one’s recovery journey.

Garden Therapy

Garden therapy uses plants and different gardening tasks to foster relaxation, improve social skills, promote mental stimulation, and relieve stress. Tending to plants can help the drug dependent learn about the value of responsibility and independence. These values can help the patient stay on treatment and maintain long-term sobriety.

Equine-Assisted Therapy

Working and doing activities with horses can help drug addicts to learn more about their internal self, how they interact with others, and gain serenity and emotional growth.

Gong Sound Healing Therapy

Don Conreaux, a known gong master, shared that the sound of gong has therapeutic effects, namely healing body cells and systems while at the same time providing the body with life force energy. Listening to the sound of the gong can help the patient relax and eventually heal.

Given the information mentioned above, it is clear that people suffering from substance abuse problem can benefit greatly if they choose a rehab facility that includes holistic and experiential therapies in their treatment program.

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