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5 Awesome Holistic Techniques For Women In Recovery

Holistic practices are all too often considered a fad and have a certain “anti-western medicine” stigma attached to them. In reality, a holistic approach is simply healing your mind and body through natural methods and could be an extremely beneficial addition to your treatment program. Western medical health professionals highly recommend integrating these methods alongside traditional ones, and many patient testimonials have deemed holistic practices to be the most aiding factor in their recovery. Discontinuing drug use usually isn’t enough to fully recover from all the damage- you need to heal every aspect of yourself from the mind to the body to the spirit.

Treating your addiction holistically will look different for everyone. There are so many approaches and new ones always forming-with the main focus to be learning to balance mind, body, and soul in everything that you do. To do this is to find peace of mind, a clear head, and gain the insight and self-awareness to heal old wounds and prevent new ones. If you’re looking to add to your treatment program, here are five amazing holistic techniques you should explore:

Meditation

You likely think meditation and picture Buddha sitting under the Bodhi tree, finding enlightenment, weird scented candles, and cleansing smoke. While to some yes, that is a part of their meditation, it’s actually much more simple and the benefits are endless. Meditation is really just learning to sit with your thoughts, or no thoughts, with no distractions. It’s the act of silencing external stimulants to allow space to grow your self-awareness and listen to your mind and body. Mediation can be practiced with a guide, who will lead you by cueing your breathing and thought patterns. It can be done on your own through breathing exercises, with or without music, for long periods of time and short. Meditation really has no limits, it’s unique to every individual. Some results of meditation include:

  • Reduced anxiety
  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Increased mood
  • Stronger immune system
  • Higher levels of motivation
  • Increased quality of life

Although everyone can and should benefit from meditation, people struggling with addiction especially have a lot to get from this holistic practice. Much of addiction is brought on and maintained due to emotional struggles and pain, and meditation is a tool to learn how to understand yourself and push through those demons. If you’ve never tried and think you could use some of these benefits, try putting aside 5-10 minutes to sit in silence every day for a week, and grow your practice from there.

Yoga

Yoga in a sense is a physically heavy form of meditation– and like meditation, it focuses on the mind-body connection. There’s a variety of styles and one that should suit everyone’s preferences-from light Hatha flows to heavy heated vinyasas. Yoga works on strengthening the body, improving alignment and flexibility, and building endurance. It’s a good form of exercise and a proven stress reliever. The focus it takes transfers into everyday life well, helping those struggling with addiction learn to push away temptations and negative feelings.  The strength of your muscles is trained equally as your brain, as you learn to move with your breathe and open up. Those are the basic principles, but yoga is actually a very complex and deep-rooted philosophy. It see’s the mind and body as one system containing subsystems that affect one another, and physical movement is simply an expression and transfer of energy. You don’t have to get super involved to feel the amazing and freeing effects, but if you do, you might just get to know yourself a whole lot better. Check out a nearby studio, or join an online platform. Yoga is everywhere these days, so if you don’t want to pay just search on google or youtube to start out!

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Nutrition Therapy

It can’t be stressed enough how important nutrition is to every aspect of our health. When under the influence of drugs, not only are you putting extremely dangerous toxins into your system repeatedly, you’re also likely paying little attention to what else you’re ingesting when eating and drinking. Our bodies are fueled by food and nutrition is the most natural and effective form of medicine. If you’re working too hard to rid your body of harmful substances, you don’t want to be putting them back in unknowingly at every meal. Genetically modified and processed foods, artificial sweeteners, and other unnatural food sources should not be a regular part of your diet. Eat a diet high in fruits, vegetables, and lean meats. Drink plenty of water and avoid soda and sugary drinks (even most juices aren’t natural). Rule of thumb- if there are ingredients you can’t pronounce or have never seen, don’t eat it! Depending on your health, different foods offer specific benefits. Meet with a nutritional therapist or do some research and figure out a diet plan that’s tailored to your needs. Use food as a tool to regulate digestion, blood sugar, thyroid function, weight, mental disorders, chronic pain, anxiety, and depression.  When done right, nutrition is the ultimate form of therapy, aiding you in your recovery with higher immunity, better moods, and significant decrease in stress or pain.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is gaining popularity as a tool to fight addiction, and for good reason! This healthcare regimen originated in China and dates back about 2,500 years. It’s based on the idea that our body has energy patterns which need to be balanced in order to maintain optimal health. Illnesses, such as addiction, interrupt the flow of energy and result in pain, illness, and poor mental health. Acupuncture works by using needles (painless and sterile) to key trigger areas to reopen blocked pathways and allow for proper energy flow. Once energy pathways are restored, toxins are able to exit our system properly and positive energy in welcomed back in. This is a non-verbal treatment approach, which is a good addition in conjunction with talk therapies. Many treatment centers offer this service, and there are plenty of qualified acupuncturists all over that can work with you to get the most out of this treatment.

Art Therapy

Is it true that you can whip out a blank canvas and a bunch of paint, channel your inner child, and actually aid recovery? Absolutely. Art therapy is a very reputable and respected form of holistic treatment. Many women overcoming drug addiction have endured traumatic past experiences that are deep-rooted and affect them later in life, even when unknown to the individual. Art therapy is non-verbal emotional outlet and a means of self-expression and can be anything from painting to dancing to music and poetry.Basically, artistic expression for the purpose of emotional healing. You will work through current and past emotions, activate your imagination and learn to cope with your addiction.Art therapy can be done on your own and many forms are great stress relievers, but to get the full therapeutic effect, work with a professional who can help guide you through the experience.

Getting Help at Wayside House

If you are a woman struggling with addiction and mental health issues, Wayside House can help. We offer a women-only program and provide a safe, supportive environment to recover in. We have outstanding treatments and therapies that are often only found in more expensive programs. We offer inpatient rehab with various therapies, relapse prevention education, outpatient, and aftercare, as well as services for medical professionals and veterans. Contact Wayside House at 800-655-0817 to learn more.

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  • “Thank you Wayside for being there for her when she needed your help the most!!!”   Woohoo!!! 

  • Wayside taught me how to be a woman and live life clean & sober!

    Alexandra N.

  • “Wayside is more than treatment. It is a home. I grew up emotionally in that little house. I was there for 9 months and they were the best 9 months of my life. To have time to learn about yourself and take the time to focus on yourself is such a blessing. The plants I planted are still there. I see them in the photos. Such a special place!!”

    Amanda O.

  • This is an excellent treatment facility and all women down in Delray Beach, FL. …if you have anything you can send to help these young/older women, believe me anything is appreciated. This place and God did wonders for my girl.

    Amy G

  • Wayside House is where i went to rehab & they are AMAZING!! Its a 90 day program & alot of the girls have absolutely nothing when they move into the house. If your feel generous, or just want to help, it’s a worthy cause!!  Mandy W.

  • “What a rich heritage Wayside House has!”

    Allen S.

  • “It was so nice to hear from Wayside House.  I am still employed and I love my job!!! I will have 9 months on the 21st of October…..All thanks to Wayside and you ladies at the Posner Center!!!!🤗”

    Rita P.

  • “Tonight’s Wayside House Anniversary meeting and listening to the journey’s with 1,2,6,22,29 and 33 years in sobriety empowered my heart! So happy for one of the girls I sent to Wayside House.”

    Katrin O.

  • “Wayside does such good work in our community.” 

    Jan S.

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    • “I have always supported Wayside House — I know women who have come through their program and support all they do. If you don’t know about this fabulous place I encourage you to become involved and find out more — they are an anchor in Delray Beach and their history speaks for itself.” 

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    • “I went through Wayside House & it was the first place that actually felt like home to me. The staff actually care about their clients and their sobriety. I worked through so much here without fear of being judged. I love wayside & it will always have a special place in my heart along with ALL the amazing women who work there.”

      Mandy W

    • I so wish I could tell the girls how much Wayside saved my life,  and after 31 years sober, it still is just “One Day at a Time” and “The Serenity Prayer.” I will always remember those first days of being at Wayside and how the girls , the counselors , and the House put me back on track to living a fulfilled and Sober life . I followed the AA steps, got a wonderful sponsor and have followed that path ever since. — Pamela R.

    • “Thank you Wayside for being there for her when she needed your help the most!!!”   Woohoo!!! 

    • Wayside taught me how to be a woman and live life clean & sober!

      Alexandra N.

    • “Wayside is more than treatment. It is a home. I grew up emotionally in that little house. I was there for 9 months and they were the best 9 months of my life. To have time to learn about yourself and take the time to focus on yourself is such a blessing. The plants I planted are still there. I see them in the photos. Such a special place!!”

      Amanda O.

    • This is an excellent treatment facility and all women down in Delray Beach, FL. …if you have anything you can send to help these young/older women, believe me anything is appreciated. This place and God did wonders for my girl.

      Amy G

    • Wayside House is where i went to rehab & they are AMAZING!! Its a 90 day program & alot of the girls have absolutely nothing when they move into the house. If your feel generous, or just want to help, it’s a worthy cause!!  Mandy W.

    • Allen S.

      “What a rich heritage Wayside House has!”

    • Rita P.

      “It was so nice to hear from Wayside House.  I am still employed and I love my job!!! I will have 9 months on the 21st of October…..All thanks to Wayside and you ladies at the Posner Center!!!!🤗”

    • Katrin O.

      “Tonight’s Wayside House Anniversary meeting and listening to the journey’s with 1,2,6,22,29 and 33 years in sobriety empowered my heart! So happy for one of the girls I sent to Wayside House.”

    • Jan S.

      “Wayside does such good work in our community.” 

    • Leah J.

      “I just wanted to thank you for how you and the team make the world a better place.  I won’t claim to understand the things you sacrifice, but you are truly wonderful for doing so.“

    • Janine T.

      “I  highly recommend Wayside Women’s in Delray Beach. My daughter completed their wonderful program, she’ll have 2 years July 1st. They have an active alumni. I couldn’t say enough good things about them, they’ve been doing this since mid70’s.”

    • Stacy J.

      “ Thankful for my sobriety and for Wayside! “

    • Susan B.

      “Wayside House was and is an amazing place to me. I am on a journey that is better than I could have ever imagined. The strength of the women that came before me, that are beside me, and those that are there now teach me how to live “.

    • Lisa D.

      “Wayside saved my life and I will never be able to repay them for everything they have done for me.”

    • Dolores A.

      “Wayside house saved my daughter’s life. She transformed into the beautiful woman I knew she could be. It’s only been a few months but one day at a time she and I are enjoying her recovery journey!!!”

    • Jeanne H.

      “We appreciate all that you do to help individuals in recovery, demonstrating God’s love in our community. Your staff at Wayside House continue to help in so many ways, women and their families that need the love, care and support that you are able to provide. Thank you so much for all you do for them.  May God continue to bless you, your staff and your volunteers each and every day for the light you provide for our community.”

    • Susan C.

      “ Wayside is “the light”! Congratulations on the article in the Palm Beach Post
      for all you do to make the commitment to help those in need.”

    • Lynne B.

      “I will always be grateful to Wayside for giving my daughter the tools and knowledge to live a sober life on the outside. You changed her life thank you thank you thank you, may all the people that pass through your wonderful cozy house succeed in sobriety as well.”

    • Katy B.

      “I am sober and happy today thanks to Wayside.”

    • A.D.

      “Having the opportunity to go to Wayside was the best thing I’ve ever done. They lovingly deconstructed my life so I could put it back together. They are a serious program that gave me the ability to understand myself in a way I never thought was possible. They didn’t baby me and they taught me how to be beautifully authentic with myself and those around me. I really can’t thank them enough.”

    • Susan T.

      “Please keep up your wonderful work; the kids of south Florida need you.”

    • Jaimie K.

      “I am making this donation and thank you for all you do!”

    • Pam H.

      “Celebrating 29 years 7/22/2016. Sponsoring, 3-5 meetings a week, and forever grateful to Wayside House!”

    • Laura B.

      “I will be celebrating my 17th year clean and sober.  PLEASE share with the celebrants that I am with them in spirit even though I can’t be with them.  Wayside rocks!  Remind them to stay until the magic happens.”

    • BH alumni

      “I just want to give a shout out to the Wayside staff and alumni who organized and participated in the first annual gratitude dinner. The entire evening was absolutely devine! Wayside House saved my life and I am so very happy that you are at the helm.”

    • Brenda

      “Just walking down memory lane! I Love Wayside House! I went through twice!!
      LOL!! Clean and sober today! Love to all the women! XOXO”

    • Ashley

      “Thank you to Marlies and the Posner Center because without your guidance I wouldn’t have been pushed to pursue what I love and want out of a job and school. You’re amazing!”

    • Colletta D.

      “Proud to be a donor supporter of your efforts.”

    • Sara W.

      “Wayside House saved my life. It was a place that gave me a purpose to follow my dreams. And gave me a life that I never thought could be possible. It is a place where God lives in the lives of so many recovering women. Thank you.”

    • Andrea S.

      “So many miracles and beautiful souls are at Wayside. It’s a very special place.”

    • Phoebe M.

      “What an incredible gift to have gone to Wayside House.  Keep up the great work!”

    • Kathy G.

      “I’m so grateful to be a Wayside Winner 12/89 . One day at a Time.”

    • Christine D.

      “I have to commend Wayside House. They are a 1st class treatment center.”

    • Christine A.

      “I went through Wayside House in 1991 and have been clean and sober for 23 years. I have had four children, two grandchildren, and am happily married. The aftercare and parenting groups that Wayside had is something that helped me so very much as a new parent who was fairly new in recovery. I now have a Bachelor’s degree in social work and am working on a Master’s degree in counseling specializing in addictions counseling. If I had not been placed in Wayside House so many years ago I would have never been able to achieve the things that I have in my life. I am forever grateful for the blessing it has had in my life!”

    • Jeffrey Lane Esq., Weiner, Lynne & Thompson P.A.

      “Wayside is the benchmark by which I hold other similar facilities too.”

    • John Lehman, President FARR

      “I know many women whose lives have been greatly impacted by the quality support they experienced while enrolled and residing in your program. My first hand knowledge dates back to 1980 and I can attest to Wayside’s long tradition of excellence.”

    • J.L.

      “Wayside House saved my sobriety at a critical time in my life. My HP knew I needed to be there and surrounded by strong women who believed in me. Thank you!”

    • Evelyn H.

      “ My life has changed very deeply. I have been given the gift of life in sobriety and treating it like a present.”

    • Cynthia F.

      “I hated God & tried not to believe in any higher power before getting sober. Now I know that each day is a gift and
      that all things are possible through my spiritual connection. All of life is a miracle and for the ultimate good.”

    • Liz D.

      “I just wanted to send my gratitude and thanks for all you have done for me and thousands of women out there recovering from addictions.”

    • Sally W.

      “God bless your work at Wayside.”

    • T.P.

      “Thank you for all that you have done to make me experience Wayside and the true change in my life through this program. I am grateful.”

    • Cindy

      “To all of you fortunate enough to celebrate the holidays at Wayside, I hope you find peace and happiness.
      My Christmas at Wayside was one of the best ever as I received the lasting gift of sobriety. God Bless you all!”

    • Anonymous

      “ My children have been returned and I have found God.”

    • Anonymous

      “Wayside House and God have given me a life I never thought I deserved.”

    • Anonymous

      “Wayside House played a very big role in treating our daughter. We will be forever grateful for you and our blessings from the Lord.”

    • Anonymous

      “ I have restored relationships with my family and learned how to love others. I am accountable, help and trust others and enjoy living life. I have peace and I don’t worry. I know that everything is going to be OK. I also attend three meetings a week and sponsor several women.”

    • Anonymous

      “ By spending time with my awesome God every morning who saved me by touching my life while at Wayside. God continues to draw me close to him.”

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