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Holistic Treatment Centers Combine the Best of Conventional and Alternative Medicine in Successfully Treating Alcohol and Substance Abuse
Alcohol and/or drug addiction can be simply defined as both a physical and emotional dependence on a substance and the effects that substance produces in the abuser’s brain and body. The definition is easy to pin down, but the causes and conditions leading to substance dependence are complex and often develop over the course of many years. That’s why conventional treatment methods are sometime less than totally effective.
Conventional Western medicine, as a product of Western thinking in general, is characterized by strict linear logic and a rigid cause-and-effect approach. While this approach works just fine for treating physical trauma and pathogen-caused disease, it is sometimes inadequate for treating alcohol/drug addiction – because the entirety of a complex human being is involved.
Unlike the conventional medical approach, holistic treatment focuses on the whole person – body, mind, and spirit – because a human being is far more than a mere assemblage of parts. This treatment approach utilizes the best of West and East, both conventional and alternative methods, to address a complex problem with many inter-related parts.
Effective Conventional Methods in the Arsenal of Holistic Treatment Centers
Conventional medicine does some things very well. And combined with alternative methods in the context of holistic treatment, they are proving to be even more effective tools for treating alcohol/drug abuse than when used in isolation.
- Medications – Long-time substance abusers often need medications to ease the transition from substance abuse to a substance-free life, as well as to deal with withdrawal symptoms. Suboxone (or Buprenorphine) is used in treating people addicted to opioids, and for those addicted to alcohol and/or barbiturates, Phenobarbital and benzodiazepines, under very controlled conditions, have proven effective.
- Nutrition – Extended alcohol/drug abuse almost always renders the abuser nutritionally deficient in certain areas, so nutritional assessment and judicious vitamin/nutrient supplementation are critical. Antioxidants – such as vitamins C and E, beta-carotene, selenium, and zinc – are needed to neutralize the dramatic increase in free radicals caused by substance abuse. Also, alcoholics are usually deficient in B vitamins, especially thiamine (B1).
Complementary Alternative Methods and Eastern Wisdom in Holistic Treatment Centers’ Success
In treating the whole person, holistic treatment deploys alternative methods that both complement and augment conventional treatment methods.
- Herbal supplements – These are useful in restoring energy, correcting chemical imbalances, and improving sleep patterns and mood. St. John’s wort, for example, has a calming effect, and Kudzu root aids in suppressing alcohol cravings.
- Acupuncture – This Eastern practice aims to correct imbalances in the body’s flow of “life energy” – and addiction surely imbalances your emotional and physical systems. For example, acupuncture can help in easing withdrawal symptoms and thus prepare the abuser to address some of the life issues that have contributed to addiction.
- Yoga – Yoga is becoming one of the most utilized complementary practices in the US for addiction treatment. It has been proven to reduce chronic pain, stress, prevent insomnia, and treat anxiety, all issues that can contribute to heightened cravings and opportunities for relapse.
This kind of kind of substance-abuse treatment, which combines the best of conventional and alternative approaches, is gaining in popularity and seeing some good results. Contact us today for free information and find out if holistic treatment is right for you.