Holistic Rehab Therapies
What does "holistic" really mean?
Holistic healing means taking an all-encompassing approach when seeking treatment and choosing to live a more balanced lifestyle. The concept of holistic healing is to uphold all aspects of people's needs; psychological, physical and social should be taken into account and seen as a whole. Unity Recovery Center offers a very extensive holistic healing program:
People in the early stages of addition recovery often experience an uncomfortable gap between their body and mind. Therapeutic massage can bridge that gap, and is a powerful adjunct treatment in the addiction and recovery process. Massage therapy is very effective in moving toxins out of your body helping you to feel better quicker. Also, massage helps to improve circulation and reduces circulation of tight muscles, scar tissues and adhesions.
When your spine is misaligned, it can disrupt the flow of neurotransmitters which can cause a chemical imbalance in your brain knows as the "reward deficiency syndrome." Precise localized Chiropractic adjustments, specific to the upper cervical spine, stimulate the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin which help balance the chemicals in the brain that control your reward and pleasure centers giving you an increased sense of well-being. Studies have shown that individuals who receive these adjustments during their recovery program can have less anxiety, increased focus, and feel better.
Addicts report a marked reduction in craving for drugs, a relief from symptoms of withdrawal, and feelings of relaxation along with improved sleep. Additionally, the World Health Organization lists over 40 disorders that respond favorably to acupuncture. Among these are chronic pain, injuries, back and neck pain, headaches, depression (mild), stress disorders and insomnia. Acupuncture can decrease chronic pain by increasing the release of endorphins (morphine-like chemicals produced to help our bodies manage pain and stress). Many acu-points are near the nerves. When a nerve is stimulated by acupuncture, it sends the message to the brain and spinal cord to release those pain-relieving endorphins. As a result, endorphins then block the message of pain being transmitted to the brain.
Meditation is not offered as a cure all for dependence and drug seeking behaviors, but when included in a comprehensive drug treatment program, meditation offers increased self-awareness, a renewed spiritual religious connection, increased creativity, and a decrease in negative emotional responses to the stresses in life. A little over an hour of meditation can greatly reduce pain and help a patient better manage its intensity. For those who need assistance with pain management, research proves that those who practice meditation are able to reduce the intensity of their pain by 40% whereas prescribed morphine is said to only reduce pain by 25%.
If you're looking for another way to reduce stress, consider tai chi (TIE-chee). Tai chi is sometimes described as "meditation in motion" because it promotes serenity through gentle movements — connecting the mind and body. Tai Chi was originally developed in ancient China for self-defense, tai chi evolved into a graceful form of exercise that's now used for stress reduction and to help with a variety of other health conditions.
AVS (AudioVisual Stimulation) / Photo-Stim
AVS devices are a non-medication brain-based therapy that exercises and stimulates the brain to improve performance and decrease various symptoms. These devices can influence your state of mind using specially designed light and sound stimulation. AVS systems have the advantage that the stimulation is more controlled. They are very effective relaxation tools, a good assist to meditation, decreasing detox symptoms, depression, anxiety, headaches and stress.
The Alpha-Stim treats anxiety, depression, and/or insomnia with micro current using a method called cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES). The treatment is very simple. The current is applied by clip that attach on the ear lobes. Used just 20 to 40 minutes every day, every other day, or on an as-needed basis, it can help induce a pleasant, relaxed feeling of well-being. Anxiety reduction is usually experienced during treatment. Depression and insomnia control is generally experienced after one to two weeks of daily treatment. CES can also help treat the underlying mood disorders associated with pain.