A Guide for Holistic Therapies that Really Work for Addiction

Addiction is complex and, despite much research, still not completely understood. For many who seek to break free from addiction and want to live a full and fulfilling life, they want and need more than just the conventional methods of treatment. Holistic therapy, when combined with traditional treatment and therapy, is a way to get more complete healing and long-lasting sobriety. Holistic therapy seeks to treat the whole person as opposed to simply treating symptoms. There are various methods that specialists use to help bring healing to addiction, rather than just stopping the behavior. Although there is limited research on holistic therapies, they do help create a more satisfying treatment and recovery. This makes patients more likely to stick with their detox and recovery process, and help them to create the life that they want. Here are some of the most popular holistic treatments and the benefits that they offer:  


Yoga has quickly gained popularity amongst recovery groups and for good reason: it has promising research attesting to its effectiveness in therapy. The practice of yoga encourages mindfulness, which has multiple benefits for maintaining sobriety. Yoga and mindfulness are excellent for calming the mind. For many who suffer from addiction, racing and erratic thoughts can often be a problem. The practice of yoga can help them to slow down and take control of their thoughts. This can also help to control stress and anxiety, which makes it a healthy alternative to addiction. It is also helpful for those who experience trauma to use yoga as a means to cope. The mindfulness, and conscious movements in yoga helps many deal with and cope with their suffering. Yoga also works well as a holistic treatment because it helps improve fitness. It is common for those who struggle with addiction to neglect their physical well-being and yoga is a fantastic way to help restore it.  


Although many individuals expect to feel some discomfort and even pain during initial detox, they are taken by surprise when the uncomfortable effects of detox continue long after its initial stages. Indeed, it is common to feel discomfort and pain even weeks after quitting an addictive substance. The body is still working hard to clear out the harmful substances from the body and it does take time. Additionally, the body is also working to manage dopamine levels without the drugs and alcohol it used to lean on to help produce it. As a result, dopamine levels can be extremely low following detox and many patients find themselves depressed and anxious as a result. Although they often eventually start to produce dopamine again, it can be a difficult time during the recovery phase until that happens. Massage, however, can help counteract the difficult process of detox. The act of massaging helps bring significant relief for the discomfort of detox. It also helps the lymphatic system clear out metabolic waste, leading to better recovery. Not only can massage help lessen the discomfort and pain, but it also helps lift dopamine levels. Massage has been shown to increase the feel-good neurotransmitters- namely, dopamine and serotonin- while lowering the stress hormone, cortisol. This can provide relief for many experiencing a dip during their recovery without the need for drugs. Beyond helping relieve anxiety and depression, and easing discomfort, massage is also powerful in helping sleep. Some patients find that they struggle with sleep while in recovery. The use of massage can give them the all-natural rest they need without having to resort to drug. 

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Nutritional Therapy

Addiction, whether through drugs, alcohol, food or other substances, takes a large toll on the body. The body is force to metabolize and process substances it was never meant to at levels much higher than it can handle. Besides the physical burden of addiction, it is usual for addicts to neglect their physical health in their cycle of addiction. It is extremely common, then, for addicts to suffer from numerous nutritional deficiencies. For example, alcoholics typically suffer from Vitamin B1 and B6 deficiencies. Many addicts have deficiencies of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, zinc, magnesium, calcium and various trace minerals. One obstacle on the road to recovery for many addicts is that they get sick and tired of being sick and tired. However, by addressing these deficiencies and giving them the tools that they need to take care of themselves, many can continue to feel better and stronger as they leave their addiction behind. By addressing health through nutritional therapy, they can gain the energy, stamina, and better sleep to continue towards sobriety.  


Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese practice that involves inserting a needle shallowly into very specific parts of the body. The thought is that helps to increase the flow of life energy, or Qi, to help improve organ function. Acupuncture is a cost-effective and safe procedure. The limited studies on it effectiveness has shown that it can be beneficial for those who are in recovery. Among its many benefits, acupuncture can help reduce cravings, lower anxiety, promote restful sleep, and ease withdrawal symptoms. As a holistic therapy, acupuncture is a great way for helping ease much of the discomfort of recovery without needing drugs.  

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One of the keys in Western medicine for overcoming addiction is identifying unhelpful thought patterns and learning to adopt beneficial ones instead. Meditation, then, is a fantastic way to train the mind and strengthen it to adopt helpful patterns. Meditation has numerous health and wellness benefits that are extremely useful for sobriety: it helps lower anxiety, slow down the mind and keep the individual in the moment. Although preliminary, initial research into meditation for addiction recovery is promising. It acts as a great coping mechanism for cravings and helps former addicts train their mind when temptation for relapse strikes. The use of meditation has helped many overcome addiction and continue with sobriety. As a holistic therapy, it can be extremely effective when used with other forms of therapy.  

Holistic Therapy Can Help Treat Addiction

By using holistic therapy alongside traditional approaches, many patients find the help that they need. Beyond that, they get the tools that they need for a healthy, fulfilling life. Hawaii Island Recovery offers a wide range of holistic therapies to find the right approach for your personal needs. Our trained counselors are available to give you advice on what therapies would work best for you. Please contact us today to get on the path to recovery!