holistic treatment

When it comes to drug rehab, one place or particular treatment may be better than others for some individuals. Many people seek treatment for their substance use disorders, and those who come through our doors receive the utmost attention so that we can meet their individual needs. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all method to addiction treatment. Many different methods work for different individuals, and one of those methods is referred to as holistic drug rehab.

Holistic Rehab: What is It?

Holistic drug rehab is a treatment method in which individuals receive treatment for their bodies, minds, and souls. This treatment option takes traditional recovery like inpatient treatment a step further. 

What is Holistic Drug Rehab Like?

In holistic treatment, individuals are in pursuit of recovering their minds, bodies, and souls as opposed to traditional treatment which tends to focus more on one aspect of a person’s overall health.

It is imperative to understand that when the body is in distress, there could very well be more than just physical issues. At North Jersey Recovery Center, we understand that the health of individuals relies on their bodies, hearts, and minds. 

The goal of holistic treatment is to help these individuals develop an understanding of who they are not just physically, but in a mental/spiritual sense as well. By helping patients become more self-aware, they will increase their knowledge as it pertains to their mental, physical, and spiritual health.

Psychotherapists can diagnose patients who often suffer from depression and anxiety. The goal is to help people accept themselves for who they are. Once they can do this, they are more free to gain a better understanding of themselves. As a result, individuals will be more inclined to do whatever it takes to improve their overall well-being.


All of this has to do with mindfulness, which is imperative when it comes to holistic treatment. When patients practice mindfulness, all it means is that they are being reflective of their thoughts, attitudes, and experiences. Once they can reflect on the truth of their being, they’ll become more honest with who they are, thus accepting themselves.

Acceptance is an important stage in the rehab journey. This is because once someone accepts the truth, they can address areas of concern without fearing them. Ultimately, this process promotes growth in an individual’s overall well-being. From here, it’s all about allowing people to be vulnerable so that we can propel them forward into a life of stability. 

When someone suffers from drug addiction, it is effortless to have feelings of guilt for the ill actions they take. Our goal at North Jersey Recovery Center is to help individuals become free of the guilt that weighs them down. Holistic treatment allows us to use techniques such as relaxation, physical activity, and reflection to help patients progress in their recovery journey. 

Holistic Treatment: The Physical

When it comes to holistic treatment methods, there are a plethora of therapeutic activities of which patients take part. Some of these activities include the following:

  • Nutrition and Wellness
  • Exercise
  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Tai Chi 
  • Massage Therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Acupressure
  • Aromatherapy
  • Journaling

These are all activities that seem very different from each other in terms of their nature, but the goal is all the same: to connect the mind, body, and soul therapeutically, helping to restore so that one’s physical, mental, and spiritual health. 

The Truths of Holistic Care

Holistic care has been successful when it comes to helping individuals suffering from substance abuse restore their well-being. When patients participate in holistic treatment, they connect to every area of themselves.

Understanding how holistic care works is vital to its success. Some truths we cling to at North Jersey Recovery Center concerning holistic care include the following:

  • Focusing on the cause rather than the symptoms
  • Learning about the patients and seeking to understand them
  • Prevention over treatment
  • Substance abuse is considered a disease of one’s entire being
  • Dynamic between patients and health care professionals should be quality
  • An individual’s overall needs are more important than anything else
  • Pain and illness are opportunities to learn and improve
  • Healthy spirituality that promotes self-care is encouraged
  • Love, understanding, and the ability to listen are important components of progress
  • Pursuing optimal physical, mental, and spiritual health with natural practices

The Dangers of Drug Use

There are many dangers when it comes to drug use, some of which include the following:

  • Legal trouble
  • Being late to important events or forgetful
  • Potential harm to relationships with loved ones
  • Neglecting work because of the influence of drugs
  • Depression, anxiety, and any other sort of mental health disorder

Drug use is often very difficult to have control over. When a person uses drugs, whether the first time or the hundredth, the chemicals trigger a particular part of the brain known as the pleasure center. This area of the brain is the one that tells us when food tastes good, when we love someone, or when we enjoy a movie we just watched. Once drugs make it there, there’s nothing else that has felt that good. Therefore, the pleasure center is compromised.

When this happens and someone has a hard time ceasing their drug use, it should be considered an issue of the utmost significance, and help should be sought out. When this happens, it is only natural to assume that someone needs to attend treatment and go through intensive care to get better; this couldn’t be farther from the truth. 

Yes, treatment is imperative, there’s no doubt about that. But just as no individual is a carbon copy of the other, no treatment plan is meant for every single individual. Individualized care is important, and holistic treatment is a part of that method. 

How Do I Know When I’m Addicted?

Substance use disorder is extremely dangerous and potentially fatal. Some may believe that they have their drug use under control and that there is nothing to worry about, which makes it difficult to understand when treatment is necessary. The fact remains: drug abuse is a dangerous road to travel. 

Drug addiction is the insatiable urge to partake in a controlled or illicit substance constantly or in large portions at a time (this more so falls in line with drug abuse). No matter how many times someone partakes in these substances, there is always room and an uncontrollable desire for more. This pattern leads to drug abuse, and there are many dangerous side effects to drug abuse that not only harm the individual but others around them as well.

When someone is suffering from drug abuse or addiction, they tend to prioritize their own needs as opposed to those of the ones they love. This, in particular, has a detrimental impact on the dynamic of a family or any other sort of relationship. Many aspects of family life become affected by drug addiction. Some of these include finance, family activities, and even the danger of having drugs around others. 

The more someone uses drugs, the more their desire grows to use it. Not only that, but judgment becomes more permanently impaired, and desires are reshaped. This tends to have a detrimental effect on people’s relationships, careers, and even hobbies. This happens because, over time, the desire to use intensifies due to the oversaturation of dopamine in the brain, causing pleasures outside of drug use very difficult to satisfy. This process could very well lead to drug withdrawal. 

Drug withdrawal is an immensely painful process that happens when the body has become dependent on particular substances. Some symptoms of withdrawal may include the following:

  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Anxiety 
  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Depression
  • Mood Swings

How Do I know if Holistic Drug Rehab is Right for Me?

Sometimes it is hard to realize when someone is suffering from substance abuse. Some signs of substance abuse may include the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Laziness
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Constant lying
  • Loss of interest
  • Lack of self-control
  • Constantly under the influence of drugs

Sometimes, people may try hiding their drug abuse from others. Understanding why is the first step to helping them. Calling a problem what it is can be a scary thing, especially with something as potentially vulnerable as drug dependency. It’s no secret that many people, whether addicted or perfectly healthy, care a great deal what others think about them. This is why it is important to first understand and gain trust.

Why Am I Addicted?

There are a few reasons someone may be addicted to drugs, some of which have all to do with coping mechanisms for mental health disorders. These may include the following:

Some other, more complicated factors include the following:

  • Relationship problems
  • Physical abuse
  • Emotional Abuse

North Jersey Recovery is There for You

At North Jersey Recovery Center, we aim to assess the needs of individuals and provide them with the care that best meets their current circumstances. This includes their physical, mental, and spiritual needs. We believe treating a whole person in their entirety is best for their rehab journey. If you or a loved one feel that holistic drug rehab would be a good option for you and you would like to find out more, you can contact us here

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Laura Riley

Laura-Riley-Cropped-Profile-150x150Laura Riley, MA, LCADC, CCS is an Administrator with North Jersey Recovery Center.