The Benefits of Holistic Therapy in Addiction Treatment

Holistic therapy and medicine use a “whole person” approach, taking into account an individual’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs. This differs from conventional medicine, which tends to focus primarily on physical and mental health.

The combination of traditional evidence-based substance abuse treatment and holistic therapy can be thought of as an integrative approach, which the National Institutes of The Benefits of Holistic Therapy in Addiction TreatmentHealth (NIH) defines as “bringing conventional and complementary approaches together in a coordinated way.” Integrative health is becoming increasingly popular in the West.

Complementary holistic therapies such as yoga, massage, and equine-assisted psychotherapy can enhance a person’s experience while in treatment for alcohol or drug addiction.

This eBook explores:

  • The definition of holistic therapy and its principles
  • How holistic therapies can be used in conjunction with traditional addiction treatment for a more complete treatment approach
  • Different types of holistic therapies and their benefits
  • The benefits of continuing holistic therapies after drug/alcohol treatment


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