13 May 2022

Holistic Approach to Addiction recovery

Submitted by Josh Maraney
Holistic Approach to Addiction recovery

For many people, finding a facility that offers a trusted, effective addiction recovery program can seem daunting. And, if it’s a kosher option you’re seeking, the field narrows considerably.

At Freeman House, we understand how important it is to offer multifaceted care, approved and implemented by skilled professionals, to address the complexities of recovery from addiction.

For us, a holistic approach has proven enormously successful on many levels. Rather than only focusing on the addiction itself in a strictly clinical sense, we acknowledge the equal importance of understanding and healing the individual at all levels.

THE BIG PICTURE

Human beings are by nature complex: the many facets of our existence are interconnected, sometimes in ways that are almost indiscernible. And when it comes to an addiction recovery program, it’s absolutely essential to induce recovery and rehabilitation in every meaningful way.

We start with the most obvious factor – the addiction itself. But in addition to that, we provide an array of treatments and activities that are designed to encourage personal growth, a sense of greater purpose, and genuine wellbeing on a physical, psychological, and emotional level too.

The reasons for substance addiction are many and varied, but very frequently; the addiction is an attempt to escape from internal and external circumstances which cause pain on some level. Sometimes, too, there may be a co-occurring mental disorder, or physical pain which can give rise to substance abuse. Because we factor these things into our evaluation and treatment of each individual, it means that every resident at Freeman House is cared for uniquely according to their needs.

In addition to individual and group therapy, we ensure that our addiction recovery program is as varied and effective as possible: modalities like physiotherapy, reflexology, and acupuncture assist in the physical recovery and reconnection process, while Yoga and mindfulness meditation have proven over the years to be powerful methods of calming the mind, reducing or eliminating emotional substance abuse triggers, and enabling participants to embark on a journey of gentle but profound inner exploration and healing.

STEP BY STEP PROGRESS

Part of the holistic rehabilitation process is internal – the emphasis is on receiving care from others and learning self-care while developing a framework of thought and purpose that encourages resilience, independence, and lifelong personal growth. Another part of the process is external, which enables an individual to express himself in ways that are often surprisingly cathartic and joyful. At Freeman House, we offer a number of activities that are ideally suited to different personalities and needs. These include art therapy, drama groups, and a martial arts system that has been developed specifically to combine physical skill with social and psychological interdependence and self-discovery.

This aspect of the addiction recovery program is not just recreational, but provides individuals with structure, familiarity, and the ability to regain control over their lives, step by step, starting with the decision to contribute their participation and energy in a meaningful and positive way.

It doesn’t stop there, though: very often, these activities can become a method of diagnosis, both for the individual and for the professionals and facilitators who come alongside. And, in discovering the root causes of their addiction in a safe and cooperative space, recovering addicts are able to better recognise and conquer the issues which once held so much power over them.

In essence, this is recreational therapy, which is a powerful way to regain a sense of autonomy and faith in one’s own abilities. One very prominent aspect of addiction is a very low level of self-esteem, and when an individual begins to break out of this belief system, the road to full recovery becomes that much easier. Self-acceptance and self-belief play a major role in determining emotional quality of life, and both can be nurtured and developed in the right environment.

FROM THE ABSTRACT TO THE PRACTICAL

Physical involvement in remedial activities is also one of the simplest ways to translate self-reliance from a concept to a three-dimensional reality as part of the rehabilitation process. By visibly and practically proving that new skills can be developed, and that challenges can be overcome, individuals make the critical transition from thinking that recovery is possible to believing that recovery is possible.

Sensory integration is equally important: very often, in times of addiction, there is a disconnect between the body and mind of an addict, and by reintroducing activities that foster a mind-body connection, an awareness is created around the renewed sense of empowerment that comes with the development of physical skill.

Outside of an addiction recovery program, back in a home environment, a sense of continuity can be very reassuring. By teaching skills that an individual can continue to develop outside of the recovery center, we reduce the likelihood of relapse due to aimlessness, restlessness, and boredom.

NEW APPROACHES, NEW SUCCESSES

From the spectacular natural beauty that surrounds our facility, to the comprehensive programs we offer, we’re ensuring that every individual in our care is being given the best possible tools for recovery from addiction.

Take the first step, and contact us today to find out more about our kosher facilities.

This article was first published at Holistic Approach to Addiction recovery

Published in Health and Medicine

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