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The Complexity of Addiction
Addiction is certainly a condition, and in some ways can even be described and treated in medical terms. But that’s only part of the complicated relationship that addiction creates with a person. Unlike a physical illness, which usually only has a few well-documented methods of transmission, substance addiction can begin in many different ways. Something that started out as simply a pleasant social diversion, such as consuming alcohol, can, through a series of experiences, become a crutch to get through the day.
What started as a prescription to help deal with pain after critical surgery becomes an addiction to the painkillers long after they are no longer necessary. Even physiological causes, such as a genetic predisposition towards becoming addicted to a particular substance may be a factor.
How Holistic Addiction Treatment is Different
Certain types of mental illnesses are more likely to be part of a dual diagnosis than others. While the most common mental illnesses associated with dual diagnosis are mood disorders, several others rank highly on the list of most commonly associated with addiction.
For example, if someone has been feeling “blue” for years, and has resorted to drugs or alcohol to escape the feelings of hopelessness, it’s possible there is also a case of undiagnosed clinical depression at play here. Getting someone detoxified and through the physical withdrawal process in such a case is not sufficient. If the root cause, the clinical depression, is not also addressed, then when that depression again becomes too much to bear—as it inevitably will without treatment—a relapse is very likely.
This is why holistic rehab is a more comprehensive, effective, long-term solution. The holistic approach acknowledges that there is no one simple solution to address. It takes the time to look at all the components that may be contributing factors to an addiction and then structures a treatment for rehabilitation that addresses these needs.
How Holistic Treatment Works
The first and most important goal of any holistic recovery center is to deal with the immediate problem at hand. In some cases, this may be a severe addiction, and in other cases, the addiction may be strong, but has not yet gotten to the point where it is crippling. This means taking the time to properly assess the problem with a complete diagnosis of both physical and emotional factors.
In some cases, such as those involving depression, PTSD or some other severe condition, a dual diagnosis may be called for, where it is determined that both the addiction and the underlying mental condition need to be tackled. However, before the long term issues can be addressed, there is the physiological aspect of the addiction itself that needs to be looked at.
The Detox & Withdrawal Process
Depending on the type of substance being used, there may be an actual physical dependence the body has developed on a particular substance. Painkillers, alcohol and illegal drugs, such as heroin, for example, can, when used for extended periods of time, cause the body to believe it actually needs these substances to operate, and they become “necessities,” like oxygen or food. When the body does not get these substances, it goes into a phase known as withdrawal, which is essentially a physiological “shock” reaction as the body suddenly readjusts to life without the substance it thought it needed.
Detoxifying the body is a necessary first step in such situations. Meaningful progress can’t be made if a body is still physically craving a substance. While the side-effects of the withdrawal process can sometimes be unpleasant, with nausea, fevers, chills, shaking and even hallucination as possible symptoms, depending on the substance, it’s a vital foundation for starting the recovery. Once the body has been purged, and withdrawal has come and gone, the real work can begin.
We Offer Personalized Therapy
A holistic recovery center like Beachside now constructs a personalized treatment program that is tailored to the distinct needs of each individual. If there are no underlying psychological conditions, we may recommend more conventional recovery methods. If there is a dual diagnosis, we will structure a program that helps the person to finally address the problem that may be feeding the addiction.
Some of our holistic treatments may include:
- Art Therapy
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Equine Therapy
- Faith Based
- Music Therapy
Holistic Treatment Is Also About Continuing Care
“Beachside Rehab was a life changing experience for me. I was so lost in life and my whole family had given up on me. Treatment was my last hope. I am so thankful I found Beachside. The therapy offices felt so comfortable and helped me calm down because I was so nervous."
“I loved Beachside! The staff, the facilities, and the program was amazing. So thankful I found this place! I highly recommend this treatment center!”
“I was treated on an individual basis. My treatment focused on my needs to get well. A beautiful setting and very caring staff members. I strongly believe that I have a support system I can depend on now and in my future! Thank you for giving me my life back!”
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