Holistic Recovery Program

An holistic recovery program deals with anyone having an addiction type illness. They may engage in what becomes uncontrollable behaviour in order to avoid anxiety, depression and distressing states of mind.

The holistic recovery approach offers sufferers opportunities to experience the painful emotions safely and at the same time learn helpful ways to manage negative behaviours and thoughts. Addiction and recovery are important matters that require careful thought.

A lot of treatment programs for addiction focus on destructive behaviour and distorted thinking. Less attention is given to the true causes of anxiety and depression. They do offer addicts lectures and group activities wherein they can share their feelings. However they seldom offer addicts adequate opportunities to safely and directly experience their feelings and ways to manage them creatively.

The holistic approach to addiction recovery will do what they offer and more. It is a combination of western and eastern healing and teaches addicts to use their own senses in order to assess emotions and at the same time, know how to manage associated distress effectively.

The seven senses include internal sensations, balance, sight, taste, touch, hearing and smell. They pick up information and send it to the brain. The body’s responses always involve feelings. Addicts who undergo an holistic recovery program may be surprised to learn that humans can’t feel thoughts.

They also learn that anxiety and depression are simply physical sensations. Thoughts can bring forth physical distress if the brain construes them to be a threat. For example, if you are worried about something, a thought is usually attached to it. The person can’t feel the thought but what she is actually feeling is the body’s response to it. If this is properly explained and taught to addicts, they will understand it.

Worry brought about by the thought is interpreted by the brain as some sort of threat and so cortisol, adrenaline and other chemicals are released. These chemicals can make your body freeze, flee, or fight.

The sensations you feel can be tension, pressure, tightness and heaviness and can lead to anxiety and depression which may frustrate recovery.

The mind seems to be a product of the brain and if the brain is unbalanced, then the mind will be too. To look after the physical brain’s health and wellbeing is to look after the mind’s health and wellbeing. Just to talk to the mind about a problem of addiction or craving, will only induce a relapse, probably more sooner than later.

Non provision of brain based needs has to be tested for possible implication in the cause of the illness and how much damage the non provision has caused. The brain chemistry is changed by continual drug or alcohol use. This is physical disruption to the brain so talk therapy can not work and psychiatric drugs make the problem worse. Bio-chemical repair has to happen.

An holistic recovery program can teach addicts to consistently and effectively ease the physical sensations. Patients are taught how to notice the senses, identify specific thoughts that are occurring, and how their body is actually feeling. The recovering addicts will now have the power to handle the anxiety and depression that leads to addictive behaviour.