Human beings are like big onions, with layers and layers representing the various aspects of our beings that make us each unique. Understanding the complex nature of each person is at the heart of a holistic approach to drug and alcohol addiction treatment. Simply slapping a diagnostic label on someone and then pulling out a boilerplate treatment plan simply won’t work. By addressing the whole picture—the interplay of mind, body and spirit—addiction treatment at a holistic drug rehab Los Angeles can provide long-lasting recovery results.
Why Individualized Addiction Treatment is Important
Each of us has our own unique life journey, with its ups and downs, joys and sorrows. When someone has developed a dependence on drugs or alcohol, it is often in response to a deeply painful event or trauma or a chronic mood disorder, using the substance to self-medicate. Addicts don’t only become addicts because of careless recreational substance abuse. Complex factors contribute to acquiring an addiction, and these must be addressed, one by one, for the best treatment outcome.
Treating each individual person seeking recovery with a one-size-fits-all model will likely yield unsuccessful results. Nothing will stick if treatment isn’t relevant to the individual’s own specific needs. Only through a thorough assessment, interview process, and review of the addiction and mental health history can a customized treatment plan be designed to address the unique needs of the individual seeking help.
How Holistic Addiction Treatment Works
Rehabs typically have a general treatment framework that guides the process, hopefully consisting of evidence-based treatment methods that have been clinically proven to help individuals overcome addiction. These basic elements might include cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, contingency management interventions, and motivational enhancement therapy. These are all excellent options in creating the “bones” of the treatment program.
But some treatment programs miss an opportunity to delve that much deeper into the sources of what may be fueling the addictive behaviors. By adding the holistic treatment aspect to the traditional therapies, the chances for success are greatly increased. Why? Because these experiential and holistic therapies can reveal past traumas, abuse, neglect, grief and loss, and mental health conditions that lie at the foundation of the addiction.
Holistic therapy addresses:
- Mind. Working in tandem with the traditional talk therapy, both individual and group therapy, activities such as art therapy, journaling, and mindfulness training enhance the effects of the psychotherapy. These activities can open up new avenues for exploring and processing thoughts that might not happen in a counseling session.
- Body. Addiction takes a toll on the human body. Immune systems become depleted, nutritional deficiencies, and out of shape bodies can result. By focusing attention on the needs of the body, building strength, confidence, and renewed health through exercise and nutritious meals, the individual will become stronger and experience improved mood.
- Spirit. The sense of hopelessness and despair that accompany addiction are symptoms of diminished spiritual health. This can encompass state of being, traditional religion, or a universal spiritual belief system. By adding meditation or prayer, yoga, and peer support groups to the treatment plan, spiritual health is renewed.
By recognizing how each of these aspects of the human person—mind, body, and spirit—interrelate and support each other the holistic treatment program offers a step up in care and a better long-term recovery result.
What to Expect in a Private and Secluded Rehab
A residential (or inpatient) drug rehab Los Angeles will provide a safe, nurturing environment where the individual will reside for a specified period of time. That time period will be dictated by the severity of the addiction, the specific substance of abuse, whether there is a co-occurring mental health disorder, and the client’s insurance coverage and resources. Generally, the detox and withdrawal phase will last about one week, followed by a minimum of three weeks in treatment. Some clients, however, might need additional time in treatment, even up to a year if necessary for a successful recovery result.
Residential rehabs can be large, clinical facilities and some might be small, secluded home settings, with many options in between. The more intimate the setting, the higher the staff to client ratio seems to be, providing for more individualized care and support. A secluded setting can also add to the ambiance of the overall rehab experience, as these tend to be situated in geographically pleasant places.
Residential treatment programs have defined daily schedules so clients know what to expect each day and can be engaged and prepared. These full schedules also help clients to avoid experiencing boredom. A menu of daily therapy sessions (group and /or individual), participation in support group meetings, classes, and holistic activities round out a typical day at the private rehab.
Continuing Care After Drug Rehab Los Angeles
Recovery from addiction does not have an end point. Understanding that the process of recovery is lifelong explains the need for a continuing care plan as part of the overall treatment plan. This is because returning to one’s regular life can re-introduce many of the same stressors or triggers that led to addictive behaviors, so ongoing support is needed for at least several months after the program ends. It takes time to acquire new healthy habits and to reinforce the various skills learned in treatment.
Continuing care, or aftercare, can include:
- Sober living housing
- Weekly therapy sessions
- Ongoing addiction and relapse prevention education
- Participation in a 12-step or non 12-step recovery program
These continuing care options can make all the difference for successful achieving and maintaining the lifelong recovery desired.
Quest 2 Recovery Private Holistic Drug Rehab Los Angeles
Quest 2 Recovery is an intimate, secluded private drug rehabilitation program that features a holistic approach to recovery. The philosophy of our program is based upon the belief that all aspects of an individual need to be examined and healed before a lasting recovery can result. With a comfortable home setting, a small client load, and personalized treatment, Quest 2 Recovery offers a unique treatment experience. Begin your quest to recovery and contact us today at (888) 453-9396.