For centuries, people have believed that the body, mind and soul are all interconnected. However, Western medical experts are now discovering the importance of treating the root causes of ongoing illnesses that lead to or are a result of, substance abuse within the context of addiction treatment.
An ancient Kurdish saying illustrates the importance of a holistic approach to health: “The root of all health is in the brain. The trunk of it is in emotion. The branches and leaves are the body. The flower of health blooms when all parts work together.”
The Importance of a Healthy State of Mind
People with drug or alcohol problems often also suffer from a mental illness such as depression, anxiety or schizophrenia. Sometimes an existing mental illness may lead you to substance abuse; other times a mental illness develops as a result of substance abuse. No matter the order of events, it’s beneficial to treat both addiction and mental illness concurrently as the two are entwined.
Dual diagnosis is a term that refers to the treatment of both substance abuse and mental illness together at the same time. In the past, addiction was treated in isolation from other mental issues which have proven to be less effective. Many people relapse if only physical symptoms of addiction are treated. Underlying mental issues can easily bubble to the surface and lead to a relapse.
Both substance abuse and mental illness are attributed to a fracture in the healthy development of the brain which is influenced by a number of factors—biological, environmental and societal. An individual’s history of trauma or abuse has profound effects on healthy brain development which largely influences mental health.
How Holistic Healing Works
Mental health is not the only other variable that is addressed during a holistic addiction treatment. Patients with existing physical chronic illnesses such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and cancer have higher rates of depression.
An individual’s personal background and upbringing have a tremendous impact on his or her behavior patterns. A few coinciding illnesses or disorders that Beachway treats together with substance abuse include:
- Bipolar Disorder
- Personality Disorder
- Eating disorders
- Drug Addiction
- Sex Addiction
Through a combination of group therapy, one-on-one counseling, life skills workshops and holistic treatments, Beachway has had success rehabilitating patients in our dual diagnosis recovery program. A few methods of addressing and healing the emotional and mental root causes of addiction include:
- Psychodrama therapy. Through dramatic productions, patients express feelings, confront harmful memories and practice new positive behaviors in a supportive group atmosphere.
- Equine therapy. Animals are known to be a source of comfort and healing. The therapeutic benefits of equine therapy include learning to trust others, developing responsibility and fostering empathy and compassion towards others.
- Art therapy. Trained art therapists guide you through various techniques to provide a safe means of creative expression.
While many 12-step programs require vocalizing your emotions, holistic therapy provides various avenues to build self-esteem and self-worth, often without the need for words. Holistic therapy enables patients to learn positive coping mechanisms for the stresses of everyday life and how to effectively manage impulses — two vital components required for long-term recovery.
Are you interested in learning more about Beachway’s holistic therapy and spa services? Call us at 877-284-0353 or contact us here.