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Holistic therapyWhen considering different types of addiction therapy programs, it is important to consider what combination oftraditional and progressive treatment methods will best serve all of your unique needs at once. Although many individuals have benefitted from 12-step and medical detox programs, others require a different series of integrated techniques to address the underlying causes of their dependency on drugs and/or alcohol.

At Gulf Breeze Recovery, we embrace the potential of holistic therapy to help individuals in recovery truly explore the underlying triggers for their substance abuse and provide natural supports to allow them to live happily in sobriety. Contact our team at 833.551.2304 to learn more about how our comprehensive approach to physical, mental, and emotional wellness can provide the foundation for your permanent recovery.

What Is Holistic Therapy?

No one sets out to develop a substance abuse problem; dependencies on drugs or alcohol nearly always originate with a deep, unmet need, whether pain management for a chronic health condition or debilitating anxiety due to a traumatic event. If these underlying problems are not identified, explored, and treated, the potential for relapse increases exponentially.

Holistic therapy aims to consider all of the individual’s needs, from their nutritional requirements to feelings of security. When these needs are met within a trusting, supportive environment, those in recovery become far more trusting of the healing process and open themselves to critical discoveries. They are also far more likely to carry these positive habits over to their regular life, increasing their overall sense of wellbeing and reducing the temptation to return to drugs or alcohol as coping strategies.

Why Should I Consider Alternative Therapies?

For almost a century, structured support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) have offered individuals in recovery a means of social support during their aftercare. However, these programs rely on specific resources outside of the individual and employ a specific set of treatment philosophies and methods that may not suit everyone.

Alternative therapies allow an aftercare plan to be defined by the client’s internal needs and offer a series of tools at the level of the individual. This means that individuals need not rely on others to maintain their abstinence, which contributes strongly to their motivation to succeed.

In addition, many individuals begin to pursue treatment through the most familiar routes, which often include trips to familiar medical practitioners. Although these professionals will work to treat the immediate symptoms of substance abuse, they may be prone to look at clients through a clinical lens, limiting their advisements to medical detox programs. These measures may temporarily address a chronic health emergency such as accidental overdose but cannot treat the behavioral realities of a dependency on drugs or alcohol.

What Types of Alternative Therapies Are Used In Treatment Programs?

Common alternative therapy programs include:

  • Spa therapies such as massage and other relaxation treatments, which can assist with pain management during and after medical detox
  • Mindfulness practice, allowing clients to better understand their own needs and triggers
  • Small group activities, allowing clients to feel as if they are members of a tight, accountable community
  • Intensive individualized therapy, permitting the precise reasons for substance abuse to be identified, understood, and carefully addressed

Holistic Therapy at Gulf Breeze Recovery

Research now confirms that addressing the client as a complete individual — not merely a patient with a substance abuse problem — yields a far higher success rate and allows many individuals to live their best life following treatment. You have the power to reshape your future. Contact our team today at 833.551.2304 to learn how we at Gulf Breeze Recovery can help you not only survive recovery but develop the tools to thrive in ways you have never before imagined possible.