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Information on Holistic Drug Rehab

Last updated on: Friday, 15 September 2023
  • What You'll Learn

Holistic drug rehab can offer well-rounded treatment. Holistic treatment for addiction focuses on healing the mind, body, and spirit. If you are searching for something different or haven’t succeeded with traditional treatment models, holistic addiction treatment may be a good fit. The DRS directory provides detailed information on holistic drug rehabs to help you make an informed decision.


What is Holistic?

Holistic is concerned with wholes or complete systems. Holistic medicine, for example, attempts to treat both the mind and the body and may also include the spirit.

Drug and alcohol rehab centers incorporate complementary, alternative, or holistic treatment approaches into standard therapies. It is a better opportunity for clients to attend to their psychological, physical, and even spiritual needs.

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Tips to Help Decide if Holistic Drug Rehab is The Best Choice

  • Utilize our directory to contact inpatient and outpatient programs that advertise holistic therapy.
  • Consult a medical professional to determine if holistic approaches are beneficial.
  • Ensure the program uses complementary therapy with evidence-based therapies.
  • Check your health insurance coverage. Health insurance and Medicaid may not always cover holistic treatment, specifically.
  • Holistic methods are most effective when utilized in a residential setting.

What are Alternative or Complimentary Treatments?

An alternative or complementary treatment would include the following:

  • Massage therapy
  • Yoga or meditation
  • Art therapy
  • Equine therapy
  • Acupuncture or acupressure
  • Reiki and other types of energy work
  • Biofeedback and neurofeedback
  • Nutritional therapy
  • Herbal medicine
  • Adventure therapy

There is a wide range of treatments described as holistic. The purpose is to treat the whole person and improve overall well-being rather than only targeting a single element of the addiction.

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  • What is holistic drug rehab?

    Holistic drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs provide treatment for substance abuse without the use of chemical interventions. Instead of treating drug use with other drugs and medications, holistic rehabs use alternative natural methods. And because these programs attempt to address the underlying causes of addiction, they can take longer than other traditional methods on average.

  • What are the benefits of holistic rehab?

    Holistic treatment programs create a solid recovery foundation based on abstinence and relapse prevention. Since patients aren’t given unnecessary drugs and medications, they develop skills and often find confidence in sobriety that is difficult to achieve elsewhere. These programs target the core issues that lead people to use substances to cope with life, so those who succeed with holistic rehab often don’t need subsequent treatment or a strict regimen of support after completion.

  • When is holistic rehab the appropriate option?

    Holistic treatment may be the best option for someone who hasn’t found success with previous treatment episodes or traditional models that utilize medication to treat substance use disorder. For example, suppose someone relapses after completing traditional avenues that place them on Suboxone or methadone. In that case, they may find that the approach of complete abstinence and the alternative therapies provided by a holistic program gives them better control over their recovery.

  • What happens after holistic rehab?

    After completing holistic rehab, most people follow their aftercare plan that was thoroughly developed while in treatment. It may include participating in support group meetings or outpatient services, but many holistic programs graduates find they don’t need them. Depending on the program, there may be in-house services the graduate can attend after completion on an outpatient basis, but each program may approach aftercare differently.

  • Want to know more?

    The questions from Addicted.org’s “Learn from our Experts” are answered by Michael Leach, CCMA. If you need further clarification on any of the questions above or have any other questions you can contact him directly at mike@addicted.org.

Common Terminology Surrounding Holistic Drug Rehab

Whole Person Treatment for Addiction
treating the whole person for rehabilitation involved rehabilitating the mind, body, and spirit. Rehabilitation techniques are integrated and comprehensive, addressing all aspects of addiction.
Adventure and Wilderness Therapy
the therapy process is defined as the prescriptive use of adventure experiences provided by qualified addiction treatment professionals. The therapy assesses the issues, helps young people develop coping strategies, and the individual emerges with a more positive sense of self and hope for the future. Therapies include hiking, rock climbing, camping, canoeing, rafting, and other outdoor activities.
Nutritional Therapy
this process addresses the nutritional deficiencies created by addiction. The aim is to identify and treat underlying biochemical imbalances through supplementation of vitamins, minerals, and healthy eating.
Alternative Psychotherapy
Psychotherapy is different from traditional psychotherapy because the therapy would involve music therapy, art therapy, or wilderness therapy, along with some traditional approaches.
Complimentary Therapy
this process comes from complementary or alternative medicine and would include things like acupuncture or massage. The therapy process helps physically reduce the issues connected to stress while contributing to the rehabilitation of the addict.
Art Therapy
a therapy combining the creative process and psychotherapy. Art therapy facilitates self-exploration and understanding—the process using imagery, color, and shape as part of the creative therapeutic process. Thoughts and feelings are expressed that would otherwise be difficult to articulate.
Music Therapy
is a clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized therapy goals. Certified Music Therapists use music within therapeutic relationships to support development, health, and well-being.
Neurofeedback Therapy
neurofeedback is a type of biofeedback that uses real-time displays of brain activity in an attempt to teach self-regulation of brain function.
Biofeedback Therapy
is a technique used to help a person learn to control some of the body’s functions, such as heart rate. The individual is connected to electrical sensors that help collect information about the body.




More Information

Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people. He is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist graduate with Honours of Stratford Career Institute. Marcel has also received a certificate from Harvard for completing a course entitled The Opioid Crisis in America and a certificate from The University of Adelaide for completing a course entitled AddictionX: Managing Addiction: A Framework for Succesful Treatment.



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Michael Leach is a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant, who has over 5 years of experience working in the field of addiction. He spent his career working under the board-certified Addictionologist Dr. Rohit Adi. His experience includes working with families during their loved one’s stay in treatment, helping those with substance abuse issues find treatment, and teaching life skills to patients in a recovery atmosphere. Though he has worked in many different areas of rehabilitation, the majority of his time was spent working one on one with patients who were actively withdrawing from drugs. Withdrawal and the fear of going through it is one biggest reason why an addict continues to use and can be the most difficult part of the rehabilitation process. His experience in the withdrawal atmosphere has taught him that regardless of what approach a person takes to get off drugs, there are always mental and emotional obstacles that need to be overcome. He believes having someone there to help a person through these obstacles can make all the difference during the withdrawal process.