Addiction is a serious disease. Not only does it have ramifications for someone’s mental stability, it also has a huge impact on someone’s health. For many people who are addicted to substances such as alcohol, opiates, or meth one of the driving forces that keeps them using is the desire to avoid undergoing symptoms of withdrawal.

Depending on the substance or substances that are being abused, as well as the severity of the addiction, withdrawal symptoms will vary on a case by case basis.

When it comes to alcohol withdrawal, typical symptoms include feelings of nausea or vomiting, shaky hands, feels of agitation or anxiety, insomnia, increased heart rate, and seizures. Since these symptoms can be unpleasant or even fatal, many people who abuse alcohol will continue to drink just to avoid undergoing these symptoms. The same can be said for other withdrawal symptoms for other narcotics.

There are detox programs that can help ease withdrawal symptoms so that detoxing can be as easy and as comfortable as possible. Ranch Creek Recovery offers holistic alcohol and drug detox programs such as acupuncture and amino acid therapy that has shown to help patients detox from drugs and alcohol while experiencing fewer symptoms of withdrawal.

Unlike other drug detox centers, Ranch Creek Recovery offers a lavish and comforting environment that delivers a top-notch detox program to its patients.

Because Ranch Creek Recovery never houses more than six individuals at a time, patients receive the individualized treatment that they need, not only during the detoxification process but throughout all stages of recovery.  

How Can Holistic Treatments Help During Detox and Treatment?

Detox and Treatment

When it comes to treating addiction to drugs and alcohol, many detox treatment centers offer substitute drugs such as methadone or suboxone as part of their detox program. However, there are healthier treatment options available. Amino acid therapy helps patients by supplementing serotonin which helps correct chemical imbalances in the brain that are caused by drug or alcohol addiction.

Just like amino acid therapy, acupuncture has been proven to help patients with the detoxification stage in treatment. Since the 1970’s acupuncture has been used to treat addiction to alcohol, heroin, along with other substances, in 1997 the National Institutes of Health panel decided that acupuncture should be instituted in recovery programs. Since its incorporation into drug and alcohol treatment programs, it has been used in numerous institutions such as jails, shelters, and mental health treatment centers.

More to Treatment Than Just Detox

As vital as detox is to the recovery process, it is not the only stage of treatment. Once detox is completed, patients in a drug and alcohol treatment center usually undergo treatment for either 30, 60, or 90 days, depending on the severity of the addiction and what substance or substances were being abused.

After detox patients usually undergo different forms of treatment such as group and individualized therapy, however, Ranch Creek Recovery also offers holistic treatment options such as:

  • Garden therapy- using aspects of nature to promote feelings of appreciation, peace, and tranquility
  • Equine therapy– this form of treatment helps patients by building healthy relationships. Patients can practice congruency without the fear of rejection since horses are nonjudgmental.
  • Gong sound therapy- Gongs are powerful ancient instruments that, along with crystal bowls, are used to create a remarkable medium through which harmony, balance, and healing can be experienced.

If you know someone who is suffering from drug or alcohol addiction you should have them speak to a medical professional as soon as possible. Addiction can be treated with the services listed above, along with a strong support system of family and friends.