What is Holistic Therapy?

When you hear the term “holistic” what are some things that come to mind?

For most people,

holistic equates to non-traditional, all-natural, organic, herbal therapies as alternatives to traditional medicine. This is a common misconception that tends to belittle the utility and effectiveness of holistic therapy. The term “holistic” refers to an all-encompassing approach to therapy, taking into account all aspects of a person’s well-being: mind, body, and spirit.

It is meant to be complementary to traditional therapeutic techniques rather than a replacement for them. Here are a few common holistic treatment options available for those undergoing

addiction treatment.

Acupuncture is one of the most common holistic therapies, used in conjunction with

medically-assisted detox protocols in order to minimize the discomfort suffered by a patient experiencing withdrawal symptoms. It can also be used as a stress-relief technique for those experiencing anxiety during treatment. Many patients find acupuncture so calming and anxiety reducing they choose to continue regular acupuncture therapy outside of the treatment setting.

One often overlooked facet of our well-being is our eating habits and nutrition. Proper nutrition is almost always neglected when a person is in active addiction, and those bad habits can easily carry over into our recovery. By addressing nutrition early, within the controlled treatment setting, new and healthy habits can be formed which aid in the body’s detoxification and healing processes.

Nutrition and physical fitness go hand in hand, working together to keep the body running at peak efficiency. And just as we tend to neglect our nutrition in active addiction, so to do we tend to eliminate most healthy physical activity from our lives. Exercise is proven to release endorphins, which can boost a person’s energy levels and mood.

Yoga is another beneficial physical activity for those in treatment, as it is both meditative and strength-building.

When it comes to the treatment of addiction, all aspects of a person’s being must be taken into account. The mind, body, and spirit of an addict are all greatly impacted by their substance abuse, and all three require treatment in order to heal. Holistic therapies effectively fill in the gaps left by traditional medicine, resulting in a more overall healing for the recovering


These therapies can often be continued after treatment independently, increasing the

odds for long-term sobriety.


Evolutions is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center located in beautiful South Florida. Our holistic approach to addiction treatment centers around addressing and healing the underlying issues at the root of addiction, rather than merely medicating symptoms away.

Our treatment program includes individual and group-based therapy to help clients understand and manage their symptoms and emotions.

If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction, alcoholism, or any co-occurring disorders please call us at (833) 818-3031 or visit www.evolutionstreatment.com