Holistic Rehab Program in Kokomo, IN
When You Need Help Taking the Next StepThe road to recovery can be a long and lonely one. We have found that the holistic approach can be helpful for many of our clients. Several types of holistic treatment are available, and we incorporate these into individual programs as they best serve each client. We believe that it is better to replace negative habits with positive ways of continuing the healing process. These habits can continue for your whole life and will add to the quality of your recovery journey.
How Holistic Treatment Can HelpTreatment with holistic measures means that we use methods other than medication. The human body reacts to stimuli from many different sources, and these sources do not always affect everyone the same way whether medication-based or not. Holistic therapy gets down into the root of a person’s psyche and works from the inside out, healing the mind, spirit and body. Addiction causes physical and emotional problems that can be helped with a holistic approach. Healing these issues and helping our clients to be the best person they can be are key aspects of healing addiction. Many types of holistic therapy are healing for both the mind and body while others focus on one area. Each person heals at their own rate of speed and with the type of holistic treatment that works best for the overall person.
Move It and Shake ItExercise is one of the most basic forms of letting go of stress and allowing you to see your life in a more relaxed frame of mind. Some people prefer team sports as their go-to form of exercise. Others prefer walking, bike riding, running and exercises that can be done alone. Whatever the type of exercise, it does the most good when done on a regular basis. Exercise releases endorphins in your brain that improve mood and provide a greater sense of overall well-being. Exercise has a positive impact on your body and spirit–two things that are often in need of repair on the other side of active addiction. Some of the best exercises for holistic therapy include some that are calming to the mind and body. Wild activity does not need to be part of exercise; aligning qi or chi (energy) can be healing. Meditation can be the focus of a method, but often it is a component along with some type of movement or stretching as in the following mind-body exercises.
YogaYoga is one of the most practiced meditative mind-body exercises. You can begin by doing simple movements and continue on to as complex as you feel comfortable. Types of yoga include Hatha, Kundalini, Vinyasa Flow and Anusara. Measured breathing is a major component of all types of yoga.
Tai ChiFluid movements and measured breathing make up the beauty and healing of tai chi. It has been shown to help heal both physical and psychological ailments. Tai chi can help improve sleep, aid in balance and be instrumental in pain management.
QigongNot as well-known in the Western world, qigong is one of the martial arts. It is easy for many to learn and incorporate into a routine with its simple movements. Meditation and breathing are two of the main components of qigong. Aligning those with specified movements of this holistic healing method are the primary elements of qigong.
Eat RightNutrition can be one of the first ways that your body suffers when becoming dependent on a harmful substance. Getting back on track by eating the right foods to replenish the necessary elements needed for a healthy mind and body is a holistic method of treatment that can be transferred back home. Learning some simple food preparation skills and taking nutrition classes will aid your transition back to taking care of yourself in a healthy manner.
GardeningGardening can be soothing and meditative. This form of holistic therapy benefits all areas of your healing incorporating the peaceful act of sowing the seeds that you wish to grow and benefiting from the fruits and vegetables that are the outcome. Further using this holistic approach, cooking is a calming time for many people, again with a nutritious meal as a reward. There’s an outstanding sense of accomplishment that comes from eating a meal that you cooked that is made from food that you grew.
Get CreativeCreativity can be expressed in many ways. Art therapy can go in different directions that expand your imagination depending on what brings out the artist in you. Painting and ceramics are common forms of art therapy, but the options are only limited by the type of art that is most healing to you. Art lessons can set off a chain of creative activities that could lead to a lifelong love of letting creativity into your life. Art can be a factor in finding answers to hidden problems and fears. It can be used to bring memories to light in ways that other forms of therapy have been unable to do. At the very least, it can bring a calming influence to your life. Writing is a form of creativity that can be expressed in poems, essays, short stories and memoirs. Some people can write what they cannot say, making writing a valuable part of therapy. The depth of your writing can be light or soul searching. You decide. Journaling is also used in therapy as a way for people to get their inner feelings out while not having to talk face to face.
Talk It OutTalk therapy is part of almost all treatment programs and can prepare a client for other holistic treatments. It can be one-on-one or group therapy. Often, both types of talk therapy are included as part of holistic healing. It can be difficult to share innermost feelings, especially with a stranger, but it can be one of the most cathartic forms of therapy. Attending group meetings led by a trained counselor is another way to share your feelings and hear those of other participants. It helps to know that others have similar problems and feelings, and healing often comes with being part of a group that can learn from and help each other. Talk therapy includes the whole family when possible because a person’s addiction affects more than themselves. Relationships that have been damaged because of substance abuse and dependence can often be healed when family members get together with a counselor and work through their issues. Family therapy can be one of the most difficult parts of becoming sober, but when wounds are on the way to being healed, it can be literally lifesaving for the people involved.
Trust in a Higher PowerOne of the reasons that groups like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are successful is because they encourage belief in a higher power. Faith in something or someone greater than themselves, not necessarily religious in nature, is what many people lean on during treatment and recovery.
Meditation and HypnosisMeditation is a common form of calming the mind and listening to your inner voice. If you are not already familiar with the concept, you might learn how to meditate during a one-on-one session with your counselor. Guided meditation takes you through peaceful imagery that your counselor introduces. Guided meditation can also be done in a group. Once you learn the basics of how to meditate, you will be able to do it any time you want, wherever you are. No accouterments are necessary, just you. It can help to calm anxiety, block out the noise around you or relieve the tension of a stressful day. Best of all, it can help you to center yourself and face coming challenges with calmness and inner strength. Guided meditation and imagery can move into hypnosis. Hypnosis accesses the stage of consciousness where the mind goes between being awake and being asleep. Hypnosis can be used for regressing to an earlier time in a client’s life to uncover hidden problems or events. Hypnosis is used successfully for stopping smoking, losing weight and regulating negative behaviors.
Getting the Kinks Out and Letting GoSometimes, the much-needed help is done by allowing someone else to step in and take over for a while. It can be exhausting to talk to a counselor or in a group. It can be exhausting to exercise, even with low-impact disciplines such as yoga, qigong or tai chi. The act of giving yourself over to someone to take care of you for even a limited amount of time can be freeing.
MassageHaving a massage is one of the ways that our clients can let go and have the physical manifestation of stressors in their lives removed by their muscles being manipulated in various ways. Massage can be done with hands and oils, heated rocks, healing energy and other ways of using pressure to heal muscles and body pain.
AcupunctureAcupuncture is the centuries-old form of Chinese holistic medicine that uses special needles by a trained practitioner. The tiny needles are inserted to a specified depth into strategic areas of the body that relate to particular conditions either physically, emotionally or psychologically. Stress is one of the conditions commonly treated with acupuncture.
AcupressureAcupressure is related to acupuncture in that they both target specific areas of the body. Instead of needles, acupressure relies on applying varying amounts of pressure to locations called pressure points. Pressure points are all over your body and relate to certain issues. You can learn how to practice acupressure on yourself at home. Headaches can be relieved through pressure points as can anxiety and various aches and pains. Acupressure is often used for nausea from migraines or chemotherapy. Withdrawal from substances can be less severe with the use of acupressure. It is often used to help with PTSD and healing after surgery.
ReflexologyReflexology is a variation of acupressure that focuses only on your feet. Reflexology can help to heal many issues, like acupressure can, for areas of the feet correlate with parts of the body and health conditions. It is often suggested that people use reflexology in conjunction with other methods of treatment to ensure more optimal healing.
You Can Find Help HereWhether it is you or a loved one who is feeling overwhelmed by a problem too great to undertake on your own, First City Recovery Center is here. Our holistic programs are available to clients from all walks of life, of all ages and with all types of substance use disorders. Whether you are part of our inpatient or outpatient program at First City Recovery Center, you will be treated with the respect and care you deserve as we help you navigate this chapter in your life. Call today to set up an appointment with one of our compassionate staff. We can help you in your recovery journey.
Dr. Vahid Osman, MD is a psychiatry specialist in Indianapolis, IN.
Dr. Osman completed a residency at Austin State Hospital. He has over 32 years of experience in Psychiatry & Behavioral Health. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.