Holistic Addiction Treatment and Therapy

holistic addiction treatment

Addiction treatment isn’t necessarily a rigid framework. Sure, some big-ticket, broad boxes need to be checked in any treatment program, like getting through detox, for example. Inpatient, outpatient, behavioral, etc. treatment are standards as well. Inside those large silos is a lot of wiggle room though because the treatment process is always suited to individual needs.

That means a lot of rehab facilities are starting to embrace holistic addiction treatment therapies. These don’t replace the traditional, time-honored approaches to addiction but work as add-ons or compliments that often work to improve the results. The reason being is that they break things down to an even more thoroughly personal experience. Treatment centers often use the word “holistic”, when they offer alternative therapies, it’s a good sign they mean it. At Lake Arrowhead Recovery Network’s drug addition center in California, we’d like to share with you more information regarding holistic addiction treatment. 

Types of Holistic Addiction Treatment


Yoga & Mindfulness

It’s become increasingly common to see some type of mindfulness training, most often yoga, being added to holistic treatment for drug addiction and it’s quite clear to see why. Yoga forces a patient to focus their mind on their breathing and their bodies. It’s very deliberate in the way it commands your attention.

According to the American Holistic Health Association it can “contribute to a greater sense of control in more acute states when experiencing cravings, insomnia, and agitation”. Connecting your body and mind, in other words, creates a stronger sense of self-discipline and can reduce stress in moments when triggered.


Art Therapy

Let’s quickly address the elephant in the room, you don’t have to be a good artist or even an artist at all to get the substantial benefits of art therapy. This type of holistic addiction treatment is really meant to promote and celebrate self-expression. It focuses the mind on the process of creation and the emotions associated with it.



This has a more futuristic feel to it. During a biofeedback session, electrical sensors are attached to a patient to measure various processes in the body. There are many methods, some of the more familiar measures; brain waves (EEG), heart rate (ECG) and muscle contraction (EMG).

The idea is that there are certain, involuntary functions that a person can gain control of through the use of biofeedback therapy. It can help you with things like; anxiety, blood pressure, headaches, swearing and more related to your addiction.



Your mind may have gone straight to acupuncture when you read the headline. It’s understandable. Acupuncture is possibly the most visible and certainly the most eye-catching of the alternative therapies out there. You see it offered in spas and on cruise ships these days.

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese practice and involves inserting thin needles into strategic points on the body, the goal of the procedure is to balance the flow of energy or chi.  Addiction throws the energy of your body totally out of whack and this is a chemical-free way to encourage a realignment of sorts. Acupuncture has also anecdotally been linked to increases in dopamine which is a positive as that’s the chemical associated with pleasure.


Fine Holistic Addiction Treatment With Us

This is just a small sample of the many holistic treatments for drug addiction available. It’s a whole new facet of treatment and you’re well within your rights to feel a little overwhelmed by having so many choices. That said, you don’t need to do the research alone, at Lake Arrowhead Recovery Network’s California recovery center, a certified advisor, well versed in all these therapies and more who can walk you through each. Not just a surface, 30,000-foot view either, an in-depth discussion on what each one is and if it’s right for you or your loved one. Get in touch with us today to learn more.

The Importance of Detox Treatment Programs

The first part of addiction treatment is often detoxification, or as it is simply called, “detox”. This is the process of actually allowing your body to process and clear out any drugs and alcohol in your system. The goal is to get completely sober and not allow any new toxic substances to enter your system. Your body’s cravings for drugs and/or alcohol will subside, and you will be able to move forward into a healthy, refreshed life without drug abuse. In a nutshell, detox is the first key step towards long-term sobriety. 

How Does Detox Work?

Upon checking into an addiction treatment program, the time of the detoxification process starting will depend both on the substance being abused and the severity of addiction. For heavy users of heroin or crystal meth, for example, detox may begin within just a few hours of the last use. For lighter abusers of prescription pills or alcohol, it may take longer for the body to start entering the detoxification process. The amount of time detox takes depends on the person and their addiction.

During detox, your body will go through withdrawal. The symptoms of withdrawal can be difficult to deal with, but it is important to remember that they are temporary. The exact withdrawal symptoms you may experience will vary for everyone, but they can include:

  • Sweating
  • Fever-like symptoms
  • Physical discomfort and sometimes pain
  • Nausea
  • Mood swings (violent outbursts may occur)
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Feelings of anxiety and/or depression

Detox can feel unpleasant, but you will be put in a comfortable place to rest and try to stay as relaxed as possible. It is also important to stay hydrated during this time. When you do eat, it will be simple, healthy foods that will not interfere with the body’s ability to flush out toxins. Occasionally, medication is used to help ease physical symptoms of withdrawal and make the process smoother. 

The detox process is considered complete once you are no longer experiencing symptoms of withdrawal. But that doesn’t mean that treatment is complete. Instead, it means that actual addiction recovery can begin. 

Why You Should Never Detox Alone

Very few people are able to successfully detox alone (much less manage to overcome addiction all on their own), and there’s a reason for that. Not only is the road to sobriety full of challenges, but detox itself can actually be dangerous without professional supervision. This is especially true for those with benzodiazepine or alcohol addictions, as the associated withdrawal symptoms can be more severe. If left unattended, some of these symptoms may result in permanent damage or, in extreme cases, death. 

At a rehab center, your withdrawal symptoms will be addressed and handled in the order of their severity. Experienced medical staff members can intervene when needed and make sure that your detox is going safely. 

Even if you do not consider your addiction to be that intense, the truth is that you are far more likely to make it through detox with professional supervision than on your own at home. On your own, it is often all too tempting to quickly ease your discomfort by using again. This is prevented at a rehab facility or, at the very least, with professionals checking in on you regularly. 

What Comes After Detox?

Once you successfully complete detoxification, you are ready for the real change to begin. Your addiction treatment will be tailored to meet your specific needs, and it may include a combination of counseling, classes, exercise, re-building relationships with loved ones, etc. 

Many people view addiction recovery as a life-long practice of making healthy choices and finding happiness in things not tied to drug abuse. You will make your own decisions about your future, but it’s wise to wait until after you get through detox to think more clearly about what you want out of life. 

Where Can I Go Through Detox?

Depending on your type of substance abuse, its severity, and your location may have quite a few addiction treatment options available to you. For those in Southern California, our team at Lake Arrowhead Recovery Resource is here to help you navigate this sometimes confusing world. We will examine your situation and your specific needs in a detox program, and we will use that information to pair you up with appropriate treatment options. We provide comprehensive treatment matching services that encompass everything from admissions and insurance verification to transportation assistance. And because we also provide care management, you can rest assured that you will not be alone throughout the detox process and your stay in treatment.