The Importance of Holistic Health Treatments
by 449 Staff

Holistic health is an approach to life that considers all aspects of wellness. It encourages individuals to recognize and care for the whole person: their physical, mental, emotional, social, intellectual, and spiritual selves.

What Makes a Treatment Approach Holistic?

When a holistic approach is used in recovery, no part of a person’s life is neglected when determining a treatment plan. Holistic health treatments emphasize getting to the root of an issue, rather than just treating the symptoms. This approach builds an excellent foundation for long-term health because it considers and addresses all underlying conditions and situations.

Holistic treatments are often essential in recovery because there are so many aspects of one’s life that contribute to substance use and associated disorders. A client is a whole person. Every part of them matters when determining how to best go about recovery. A complete mind, body, and soul approach offers great benefits.

At 449 Recovery, there is a holistic emphasis within the treatment programs. You are able to choose the programs that align with your needs related to healing as an individual. Learn how to take care of your mind, body, and spirit in ways you may have never thought of before.

Why Is a Holistic Health Approach Crucial?

Too often in treatment, a practitioner will do a quick five-minute evaluation to diagnose a condition and then result in prescribing medication. This way of treating makes it nearly impossible to truly get to the roots of the problem.

A holistic approach to health, on the other hand, promotes the well-being of an entire person by considering all the important factors in their life. For example, if you are struggling with addiction, although your social life may not be a direct cause of that addiction, the ways your social life may be affecting your substance use should not be ignored.

When health professionals spend more time evaluating, they are able to dig deep and look beyond the symptoms someone may be experiencing. The most important question, after all, is not what the symptoms are, but why they are present in the first place. In recovery, not only does the addiction itself need to be treated but so do the maladaptive coping skills and mental illnesses that led to the substance abuse in the first place.

If an individual seeks treatment for their addiction but is not treated with an emphasis on mental and physical health, they may not get very far. Treatments that take into account all the important aspects of someone’s wellbeing are much better equipped to treat the root of substance abuse and build a foundation for long-term recovery.

Components of Holistic Treatment

449 Recovery is a mental health treatment center for people who struggle with addiction. They offer a number of programs and groups that promote the mental, emotional, and physical healing of their clients. These include:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)
  • Psychotherapy
  • Trauma therapy
  • Exposure therapy
  • Motivational interviewing 
  • Family sculpting
  • Life skills
  • Failure to launch

A whole-body approach is the key to quality care that promotes a healthier lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle involves taking care of not only your body but also your mind and spirit as well. For example, your treatment plan may teach you healthy coping mechanisms for stress like exercising, journaling, or meditating.

When you seek treatment at a place that takes into consideration your whole wellbeing, you are investing in your long-term health.

CAM Therapies 

What is CAM? CAM, which stands for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, also known as integrative medicine, combines conventional medicine with alternative practices that have been proven to be safe. This may include therapies such as massage, acupuncture, chiropractic care, and herbalism. Chiropractic care, for instance, is intended to restore physical function in a non-invasive way, and clients at 449 Recovery can choose to include chiropractic care in their treatment programs.

There is limited but promising research on CAM for the treatment of substance abuse disorders. When CAM practices are used in addition to traditional SUD practices, chances of recovery are improved. They should not be used to replace conventional medicine, but rather used in combination with other therapies to achieve the best results. Clients tend to find these practices helpful and often enjoyable.

Many of the practices that are considered to be part of CAM promote the physical health, mental health, and well-being of a client. They improve the ability to cope with daily stressors and enhance the overall healing process in recovery. Self-care is crucial when it comes to recovery, and many practices improve self-care techniques as well as self-awareness.

Mental health is one of the most important factors in the treatment of addiction. Without treatment that emphasizes mental health, recovery may not be sustainable long-term. There are always reasons for why someone resorted to substance abuse as a coping mechanism. When these reasons are recognized, addressed, and treated, healthier coping skills can be established. Addiction is a maladaptive coping skill, and in order to improve the level of functioning, we use evidence-based treatments that treat the mind, body, and spirit.  To seek treatment for yourself or a loved one at a place that uses a holistic health approach, call 449 Recovery today at (949) 435-7449. We believe in treating the entire person and getting to the root causes of substance use disorder through a variety of therapies and mental health treatments. If you’d like to receive more information about this type of treatment, do not hesitate to contact us.