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What does holistic mean? Holistic medicine is defined as treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, not just the physical symptoms of the disease. This is more than just a practice, it is a philosophy. Addiction is a disease that involves the body, the mind, and the spirit. It has causes that are rooted in genetics, neurology, social and environmental factors, personal experiences and circumstances. It is complex, and there is no one size fits all solution.

Holistic addiction treatment for women addresses all aspects of the whole person. Physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual. All of these are equally important, and if one area is neglected, the others will suffer.

Self-care is an important component of holistic addiction treatment for women. Learning to slow down and meditate, to take care of your body, to express yourself and find your voice — all of these are valuable skills that women need to face the challenges of daily life.

Wayside House’s Holistic Addiction Treatment Program

Our women’s holistic addiction treatment center takes this philosophy seriously and incorporates it into all areas of treatment. All of our programs are designed to nurture, restore, educate and empower women as individuals with their own needs, strengths, challenges, and values. Clients who enter our women’s holistic program for substance abuse will find hope, respect and acceptance.

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What Does Holistic Treatment For Addiction Include?

Wayside House women’s holistic program for drug and alcohol abuse offers a myriad of services and therapies including:

  • Individual therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Equine therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • EMDR

This wide range of treatments works together with other aspects of our programs to create an all-encompassing experience of healing and recovery. There is a sense of community as the women in our program practice yoga, work together in the garden, spend time in groups and enjoy down time together.

Healing The Mind, Body, And Soul: The Benefits Of Holistic Treatment For Women

Addiction recovery isn’t just about not using. That is abstinence, and while it is important to achieve abstinence, it is not the same as recovery. The definition of recovery is to return to a normal state of health, mind or strength, or to regain something that was stolen or lost.  Successful recovery means getting healthy again, and regaining the inner strength, self-esteem and serenity that is so often lost in addiction. For some women, this loss predates substance use, and healing from trauma is also a part of recovery.

Holistic therapies such as meditation and yoga are wonderful practices that are highly restorative to both the mind and the body. Stress reduction, elevated mood, improved sleep and a stronger immune system are just some of the benefits reaped with these activities.

Art therapy has been used successfully in numerous mental health settings and has been shown to deepen the work done in individual therapy. There are often no words to describe some of the deepest hurts, fears and emotions, especially in regards to trauma, guilt, and shame. Art transcends verbal expression and women are able to release some of their long-withheld grief and pain through this powerful therapy.image-18

Equine therapy has been found to dramatically increase feelings of confidence, self-esteem, and self-worth. For people struggling with addiction, these are often in short supply. Renewing these traits helps lead to long-lasting recovery.

Holistic treatments are effective because they address more than just the substance abuse problem. They promote increased self-esteem, teach self-acceptance and provide outlets for expression. Therapies such as art, yoga, meditation and equine can lead to lifelong practices that women can take with them when they move on to life after treatment.

Combined with individual and group counseling, these holistic therapies work together to form a complete program of recovery that treats the person, not just the addiction.

Start Your Journey Of Healing At Wayside House

If you are struggling with addiction, a women’s holistic program for substance abuse can help you recover. Our residential rehab provides a safe, supportive and healing environment in a beautiful and serene setting. Our program is staffed by knowledgeable, compassionate women who are experts in their field. If you are ready to make a change in your life, contact Wayside House at 5561-278-0055 to hear more about our program.