The Components of Holistic Drug Treatment

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There have been some individuals who have successfully resolved their problems with substance abuse by participating in traditional twelve-step programs or by receiving medication-assisted treatment. However, other individuals can feel that true sobriety means an absence of all drug use, including illicit, recreational and medical drugs. For this and other reasons, holistic drug treatment has become more popular and is actually believed by many medical doctors to be a very successful way to resolve drug addiction.

The Main Components of Holistic Drug Recovery

Holistic drug recovery adheres to the belief that in order for an individual to fully address and resolve their drug addiction, they must improve their mental, physical and spiritual health. Many traditional drug treatments may focus primarily on trying to improve the individual’s physical health, but the fact remains that if the underlying emotional and mental reasons for initial drug use are not addressed and resolved, the individual may not be able to confidently remain drug-free in their future. Some traditional drug treatments may also seek to label the individual as an “addict” or someone with a “disease” that they can only hope to live with by taking one day at a time. This is a very limited view into the truths that can lie behind the individual’s drug addiction, and therefore what actions can be done in order to help them truly confront and take responsibility for their substance abuse problems. Holistic drug recovery works more to gently guide the individual into realizing for himself how he became involved with drugs, and how his own decisions and choices can improve his life and future.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse states that holistic drug recovery facilities and programs are able to help patients in the following ways:

  • Identifying their addiction triggers
  • Understanding exactly what led to their initial drug use
  • Resolving addiction at an early stage
  • Obtain skills that can help the individual prevent a future relapse
  • Learn how to handle problems in life without resorting to drugs
  • Figure out a long-term recovery plan and future goals

Some holistic programs may include yoga, acupuncture, meditation, nutritional therapy, exercise, counseling, and more in order to help the individual not only deal with drug withdrawals and cravings but also reconnect with self spiritually and mentally. There is also often a focus on having the individual reconnect with nature, and many holistic drug recovery centers are located in peaceful, scenic settings to help the individual calmly return to health.

About Narconon’s Holistic Program

The Narconon rehabilitation program is a holistic drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. Like other holistic programs, the Narconon program works to help the individual remove drug and alcohol toxins from their body in a natural way. This includes a specific program unique to Narconon which consists of a regimen of vitamins, exercise and time in a low-heat sauna.

The Narconon program also includes a series of life skills courses which are designed to help the individual decide for himself why he began to use drugs in the first place, and how he can responsibly repair the damages he has caused in his own and others’ lives as a result of drug use. It also gives the individual the tools they need to confidently plan a happy, productive and healthy future that is entirely free from drugs.

As a holistic facility, Narconon does not believe that drug addiction should be solved by further drug use in the form of long-term substitute medications. Narconon also does not believe that a substance abusing individual is doomed to live the rest of their life as the victim of an incurable disease, but rather with the correct and thorough address of their mental, physical and spiritual health, they can achieve freedom from drugs and go on to live a happier, healthier future.


Sue Birkenshaw

Sue has worked in the addiction field with the Narconon network for three decades. She has developed and administered drug prevention programs worldwide and worked with numerous drug rehabilitation centers over the years. Sue is also a fine artist and painter, who enjoys traveling the world which continues to provide unlimited inspiration for her work. You can follow Sue on Twitter, or connect with her on LinkedIn.