What Is Holistic Treatment for Drug Addiction?

Authored by Elliott Redwine, | Medically Reviewed by Dr. Elizabeth Drew, MD
Last Updated: August 19, 2021

At Peace Valley Recovery, we understand that as a disease, addiction doesn’t only affect your body. The healing process should focus on your physical, mental and spiritual health to restore you to your vibrant, happy self. Drug and alcohol use clouds your judgment and often leaves you in a position where you lose sight of the activities and pastimes that once fulfilled you. Our caring team of specialists uses a holistic treatment plan for drug addiction to help you to rediscover the joys of exercise, creativity, education and adventure.

Holistic Therapy for the Mind

Hobbies are a mainstay of a healthy and enjoyable existence. In everyday life — and especially when you’re physically going through the rehabilitation process — too much time spent doing nothing is rarely fulfilling. Rehab is a great place to interact with your peers and get motivated to find which leisure activities you enjoy the most.

Participating in sports, making art or music, interacting with animals and meditating are wonderful ways to keep us driven and feeling good about ourselves. Setting achievable goals and hitting your targets, such as going for a walk several times a week or improving the time it takes to swim 10 lengths, is a truly unbeatable feeling.

Peace is still a fundamental tenet of recovery, and we never force you to do something when you don’t feel like it. Calming pastimes such as meditation and mindfulness are integral, and prioritizing rest and relaxation when appropriate will help you enjoy the busy times even more.

Holistic Therapy for the Body

Along with providing a welcome distraction from withdrawal or cravings, recreational activities involve moving your body and contribute towards fitness. Physical health and happiness are strongly linked. Exercise releases natural feel-good chemicals in your brain, and there’s something for everyone. Whether you enjoy team sports, climbing, hiking, swimming or yoga, regular activities contribute to your quality of life. Playing isn’t just for children; it makes adults happier too!

Exercise is known to be the best antidepressant, so getting into an activity that suits you — whatever your pace or fitness level — can help you recover from addiction. Sleep disturbances are common for those who are overcoming addiction. In some cases, people start using substances in the first place because they can help you sleep. Tiring yourself by getting involved with physical activity is a healthy and fun way to let off steam, and it can help you to get to sleep in the evenings.

Holistic Therapy for the Soul

For many people, using substances becomes a method of coping with challenges or making us feel better about ourselves. One of the main priorities in recovery is helping you understand that there are plenty of other, more effective ways to get fulfillment from life and to make you feel good. When you’re addicted, it’s common to think that you’d be bored without alcohol or your drug of choice.

As you get better and replace using substances or drinking with enjoyable, exciting activities, you start to realize that you couldn’t have done these things when you were under the influence. Getting pleasure from a variety of experiences is one of the keys to being gratified as a human being. Painting pictures, writing, learning a musical instrument and participating in these types of pastimes with other people soothes the soul and helps you grow.

If you’re ready to discover how a holistic rehab center could help you regain control over your life, call Peace Valley Recovery at 215-780-1953.

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