“Holistic” means “of or pertaining to the whole.” Holistic rehabs such as The Ranch PA treat all aspects of an individual’s addiction, whether they be psychological, physical, emotional, spiritual, or behavioral. What can you expect from this kind of care, and will it keep you sober for good?
Holistic Rehab at The Ranch PA
At The Ranch PA, we believe each person walks a unique path to addiction and a unique path to sobriety. Our Recovery Support Team designs a customized rehabilitation plan for every client based on his or her unique experiences and medical history. For example, one individual might have a drinking problem because he tries to soothe anxious or depressed feelings with the false comfort provided by alcohol. Another client might have become addicted to painkillers after her back surgery because quitting the drugs was just too difficult. By combining evidence-based therapies such as motivational interviewing or cognitive-behavioral therapy with alternative treatments such as acupuncture, every client develops sobriety in his or her own way. Although alternative treatments alone are not enough to beat addiction, combining evidence-based treatment with programs such as Neurofeedback may be effective. Westley Clark, M.D., the director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, tells Psychology Today that “evidenced-based practices in substance abuse treatment [are] scientifically shown to be effective. Many evidence-based programs that take a holistic approach to treatment may incorporate aspects of alternative or spiritual healing. These approaches may also be helpful so long as they are used as adjuncts to evidence-based practices.”
Attacking Addiction From Every Angle
Because the causes of addiction and the effects of abuse vary from person to person, the holistic approach — attacking addiction from every possible angle, whether physical, psychological, or spiritual — is the comprehensive approach. Imagine a man, John, who sustained a back injury in a car accident. His wife, Mary, died in the accident. During John’s recovery, his physician prescribed him painkillers. John begins to rely on the painkillers more and more — first, an extra pill to help him sleep at night, then another extra in the morning to help him relax. Soon it is time for him to stop taking the pills, but he finds he cannot. Quitting caused unbearable detox symptoms, and John could not miss work. John’s physician will not prescribe him any more drugs, so he switches doctors. Before long, John is spending more money on painkillers than he is earning — so much that he is actually thinking about trying heroin because it is cheaper and easier to get. A holistic rehab program can help John on multiple fronts. In detox, John can quit using drugs with reduced discomfort. In therapy, John can deal with the grief he feels for his deceased wife. Before long, John begins to accept his new reality. He may even find himself enjoying hobbies he once loved, such as cooking or fishing — and looking forward to a life he defines for himself and not one defined for him by drug abuse.