What is Holistic Treatment?

Everyone is different and has different needs, even in recovery. That’s why we have a
more person-centered approach.

At Discover Recovery, we treat the whole person rather than just the symptoms of addiction.
This approach is called holistic treatment.

What We Treat




Why Holistic Treatment?

Substance abuse and addiction have been a plague, both in the United States and globally. Looking at data from the CDC, rates of substance abuse and overdose deaths increased consistently for almost the entirety of the past two decades. So it’s no surprise that “epidemic” and “crisis” are terms frequently used to describe the state of addiction, especially opioid addiction.

Holistic treatment for addiction emerged as a form of care that combines traditional substance abuse treatment with various experiential therapies. It accounts for the myriad ways alcohol and drugs affect a person and his or her life. With a holistic approach, we rely on this heightened awareness and a perspective that is rooted in compassion.

This approach to addiction treatment isn’t merely a personal preference; on the contrary, it is rooted in scientific evidence. Numerous studies have shown that holistic addiction treatment is the optimal approach to addiction rehabilitation.

Further, the data shows a slight decline in overdose death rates year-to-year, largely from our increasing reliance on holistic care for recovery.

Our holistic approach begins with Medical Detox, which addresses the physical and physiological aspects of addiction. Once detoxification is complete, we move forward with stabilization and progress in the continuum of care.

The reason why a holistic approach is the most effective way to treat addiction is because of how it addresses more than the physical effects of addiction. Rather, holism ensures that all of a person’s needs are met in recovery.

Why Choose a Holistic Treatment Program?

Discover Recovery Treatment Center offers comprehensive care with several holistic treatment programs. Each of these holistic programs is comprised of four main types of holistic care, which include:

Physical Healing

Addressing the physical symptoms and effects of addiction is almost always the first step of a holistic treatment program. After all, it would be very difficult — perhaps even impossible — to focus on recovery when experiencing symptoms of physical withdrawal.

Yet there’s more to physical care than overcoming physiological dependence on alcohol or drugs. While in the throes of active addiction, people often neglect their most basic needs. As a result, they often feel weak, tired, and unmotivated in the absence of the substances that had been used to compensate for poor self-care.

Helping the body to heal allows a person’s strength and energy to return. It’s also a great way to jumpstart the recovery process. At Discover Recovery, you’ll benefit from a number of our therapies and support services design to promote physical health and healing. This includes:

  • Yoga
  • Experiential & outdoor activities
  • Chef-prepared meals

Emotional Healing

Many people turn to alcohol or drug abuse as a means of coping with difficult emotions. This is particularly common among trauma survivors and victims of abuse, but it also frequently happens with patients who suffer from a comorbid (or co-occurring) emotional disorder. Then when they start receiving treatment, all of those emotions that had been dampened by substance abuse come flooding back, which can be quite overwhelming.

Emotional wellness is an important component of a holistic addiction treatment program. It lets clients learn a number of strategies and tools with which to manage their emotions in a healthier and more effective manner.

At Discover Recovery, our clients will gain more awareness of their emotions through a number of different treatments and support services, including:

  • Anger management training
  • Family counseling
  • Meditation

Spiritual Healing

Spirituality is a nebulous term that’s often either misunderstood or mistaken for being religious. It’s considered to be the sense of connection that most people feel to something bigger than themselves. For those who don’t have strong faith, this can also be a connection to nature, the energies of others, the physical world, or the cosmos. But however you personally define spirituality, people in active addiction often lose touch with their spiritual selves.

Alcohol or drugs weaken a person’s spiritual ties, making him or her feel less connected and fulfilled. If this isn’t addressed in recovery, there’s a significantly higher chance of relapse after completing a treatment program.

At Discover Recovery, there are a number of activities in which our clients participate to reinvigorate their spirituality, including:

  • Meditation
  • Twelve-step programs & other support groups
  • Mindfulness coaching

Dual-Diagnosis Support

Another benefit of holistic care is that it has a level of support for dual diagnoses by default. Through a combination of various forms of holistic treatment, individuals suffering from one of a number of disorders get the education and tools they need to alleviate many of their symptoms.

When someone suffering from a comorbid (or co-occurring) disorder develops an addiction, we can presume that the pre-existing disorder was a major catalyst in the development of the addiction. For this reason, addressing the underlying psychological disorder is crucial for success in recovery.

Through a combination of physical, emotional, and spiritual healing, dual-diagnosis clients at Discover Recovery receive support for a number of psychological disorders, including:

  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

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