The Summit Wellness Group offers many different holistic addiction treatment therapies as part of our drug and alcohol rehab programming. Current holistic therapies include yoga, guided meditation, therapeutic fitness, chiropractic care, massage therapy, art therapy, adventure therapy and nutritional classes. All of our holistic modalities are offered by loving, experienced professionals that truly care about and connect with our clients.
Our holistic drug rehab in Georgia features programming that enriches our clients bodies, minds and souls, giving them the best possible chance at long-term sobriety. We outline our core holistic therapies below.
Does Holistic Addiction Treatment Work?
You’ve probably heard the term holistic therapy thrown around frequently within the drug rehab industry. But what is it and why is it such an important part of substance abuse treatment?
The goal of holistic therapy in substance abuse treatment is to address the individual as a whole person. Rather than treating someone who suffers from drug or alcohol addiction as “sick” and focusing only on their psychological issues, holistic therapy goes a step further and promotes the overall well-being of the person in body, mind and spirit.
A growing amount of research has strongly indicated that, when utilized as part of an inpatient or outpatient treatment program alongside more traditional methods like the 12 steps and CBT, holistic therapy can improve the chances of getting sober and the overall quality of recovery. We take a detailed look at many notable types of holistic therapy below. Also be sure to check out how we incorporate these therapies at our holistic rehab in Georgia.
Yoga is a body-centered approach to healing depression, anxiety and trauma. It’s used to improve concentration and connect us with our bodies. Yoga is effective in regulating cortisol levels and increases our ability to acknowledge our emotions without acting on them. Yoga practice will generate a “release” of negative feelings as you pay attention to your breath. It will help rejuvenate one’s mind, body and spirit to be better equipped to handle the intense stress of early sobriety from drug addiction and alcoholism.
Gail Connell, our RYT200 Certified Yoga Instructor, will guide you through a restorative yoga practice which has become one of our most popular holistic rehab classes. This class focuses on gentle movement, stretching, breathing practice, and balance work, with an emphasis on building breath awareness and relaxation.
Massage therapy is a mind-body approach that relaxes the body and relieves joint tension by focusing on pressure points. Massage increases circulation and blood flow, promoting the effectiveness of the lymphatic system. Getting a massage can increase body awareness and slowly restore it if a client has had a traumatic experience. It may be one of the best ways for one to see significant improvement in the quality of life during addiction recovery.
Guided Meditation in Our Moon Room
Similar to Yoga, meditation is a major stress reliever, leaving one feeling refreshed and energized. Clients at our holistic rehab in Georgia that are suffering from depression, anxiety, and trauma benefit greatly from meditation as it creates an inner peace and improves brain function. Continuous practice can even rebuild your fight or flight response. Incorporating meditation into a weekly routine will also ensure better nights of sleep and detachment from intrusive thoughts and impulses – ultimately helping to reduce cravings and preventing relapse.
Gail, our RYT200, will guide you through a meditation once a week in our “moon room.” The moon room is a dimly lit oasis where moon pods (specially made anti-anxiety float chairs) can be utilized for ultimate comfort. This is the perfect time and place to be quiet and still.
Adventure Therapy is a way to step outside of our holistic addiction treatment facility and experience real-life everyday things while socializing with your peers. From hiking to coffee ships, bowling to horse farms – there’s always new experiences that can lead to finding new hobbies for those in recovery.
Andrew, Jack and Jai lead Adventure Therapy. Clients look forward to a surprise get-away every week and learn how to have fun in sobriety. This time is beneficial as it offers time for relaxation, socialization, and reflection.
Chiropractic services provide a mind-body approach of relieving tension in the body and bringing one back to alignment. Being out of physical alignment can bring unwanted stress and pain. When dealing with substance abuse disorder, the use of drugs release acidity and toxins into the body causing imbalances. Like yoga and meditation, chiropractic care can lower levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. Chiropractic care also helps neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine function more efficiently.
Dr. Muller coordinates the chiropractic portion of our holistic rehab programming. He is a highly trained chiropractic physician who does adjustments in a private room once a week. Since each body is different, Dr. Muller uses different techniques for each client while maintaining the overarching goal of restoring normal function and balance in the nervous system.
The old saying “You are what you eat” isn’t totally off the mark. When one eats high quality whole foods, they feel better! Often people in recovery have developed years of unhealthy eating habits. A healthy nutritious diet can change our bodies for the better and lead to a more efficient immune system and can replenish dopamine levels naturally.
Dr. Sejal Shah spearheads the nutritional portion of our holistic drug and alcohol programming. She incorporates conscious cooking into her programs and helps clients grasp a healthier lifestyle by sharing her knowledge on the benefits of different foods and demonstrates healthy recipes regularly, providing clients the opportunity to learn how to do the recipe at home.
Our fitness class is suitable for every level and non-competitive. Emphasis is on interval training where mobility, flexibility, and functional fitness stimulate the body. Exercise is vital to the healing process. By releasing endorphins, exercise reduces feelings of anxiety and depression in a healthy way.
Gail, our RYT200 and CPT, will serve as your personal trainer. She tailors exercise to your individuals needs and utilizes equipment that can benefit you. Gail ensures safe fitness and transitions between outside and inside exercise. Training physical strength can lead to building more mental strength.
Art often serves as an outlet for emotions and recognizes self-expression. Art exercises promote healing through addressing and processing experiences that can be too difficult to verbalize or confront in a direct way. It also can serve as a form of group therapy – as clients often share with peers. Creating art in general serves as a therapeutic process by being a hands-on approach requiring focus. It is also beneficial for overcoming ambivalence regarding recovery.
Every week Kara, our licensed art therapist, will guide an art project in our designated art room. She leads the group but also encourages self-expression and creating something unique to the individual.
Benefits of Our Holistic Addiction Rehab in Georgia
There are numerous benefits to our Georgia holistic rehab programs for addiction, especially when combined with our integrative therapeutic approaches, group therapy and dual diagnosis psychiatric services. Some of the benefits include:
- Reducing cravings for drugs and alcohol
- Lessening the severity of post acute withdrawal symptoms
- Improving communication
- Enhancing self reflection
- Connecting with hobbies that are healthy and sober
- Facilitating a stronger spiritual connection
- Improvement of overall physical and mental health
- Why Is Holistic Therapy Used In Drug Rehab? – Article exploring the research and science behind the benefits of holistic treatments for addiction.