Holistic Alcohol Rehab Information

Addiction is a treatable disease. Primary approaches to alcohol addiction treatment involve evidence-based therapy sessions. These are led by licensed addiction professionals. The National Institute on Drug Abuse[1] (NIDA) explains, “Counseling and other behavioral therapies are the most commonly used forms of treatment.” NIDA considers this a basic principle of effective treatment. Behavioral therapy can take the form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, family therapy, motivational interviewing or any combination of these and other proven therapy methods. Although behavioral therapies are the most commonly used forms of therapy, they aren’t the only options for addiction treatment. A personalized treatment plan may include additional, complementary therapy options. The Canyon believes in caring for a person’s mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health. Holistic alcohol rehab uses various forms of therapy and treatment to ensure complete wellness.

What Is Holistic Health Care?

Fitness TherapyHolistic health care does more than treat symptoms. It recognizes that people are complex, unique individuals. It recognizes that health and recovery involve more than simply not drinking alcohol. The New York College of Health Professions[2] explains, “Holistic health care is an integrated approach to health care that treats the ‘whole’ person, not simply symptoms and disease. Mind and body are integrated and inseparable…Holistic health is not only concerned with the absence of disease, but with a positive state of being.” Holistic care often incorporates Eastern and other traditional healing practices with modern Western care. Some holistic rehab options focus on nourishing and strengthening the body. Meditative practices strengthen mind and mood. Expressive practices nourish emotional and spiritual health. The Canyon integrates these with proven Western practices. We want our patients to build a full and enjoyable life. We want them to find complete, holistic health.

Holistic Alcohol Rehab and the Body

Alcohol addiction steals your energy and your health. Alcohol harms nearly every bodily system. The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases[3] shares the effects of alcoholism on bone health:

  • Alcohol increases production of parathyroid hormones which can reduce calcium reserves in the body.
  • Alcohol reduces production of vitamin D which is necessary for calcium absorption.
  • Alcohol reduces testosterone levels in men. Reduced testosterone levels lead to reduced bone formation.
  • Alcohol reduces estrogen levels in women. Reduced estrogen increases osteoporosis risk.
  • Alcohol increases cortisol levels. This decreases the formation of bones and increases the breakdown of bones.

The skeletal system is just one of many systems harmed by alcohol. When treatment takes a holistic approach, it addresses every connected part of the body. The hormones related to bone strength and production are related to many other physical health systems as well. Holistic treatment includes options for exercise. Physical activity improves bone health and much more. It can reverse damage done by alcohol while also improving overall mood. WebMD[4] explains, “Improved self-esteem is a key psychological benefit of regular physical activity. When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body.” Exercise improves overall feelings of wellness. It incorporates mental and physical health. A holistic alcohol rehab program will typically include options for fitness. Exercise can take standard cardiovascular or weight-lifting forms. It can also look nothing like going to the gym. Yoga, dance, hiking and more offer ways to rebuild physical strength, mental wellbeing and emotional health. The Canyon provides opportunities for discovering ways to stay active. Patients explore options for physical fitness as they work towards holistic recovery.

Physical health comes from more than just physical activity. Individuals struggling with alcohol abuse rarely have time for regular, balanced meals. Focusing on nutrition in recovery supports overall wellness. For example alcoholism can lead to chronic deficiencies in B vitamins. These vitamins play a major role in mental health. People who do not have enough of them may struggle with depression and insomnia. Holistic alcohol rehab programs may include nutritional counseling. Medical professionals can recommend vitamin supplements. The Canyon can tailor meals to include foods rich in needed nutrients. Our nutrition programs can spark an interest in cooking or lead to new enjoyment of meals.

Holistic Alcohol Rehab and the Mind

MeditationTherapy sessions help patients explore the ways they think about themselves and the world around them. This improves mental health and puts alcohol use in perspective. It can decrease stress and therefore decrease cravings and relapse triggers. Therapy is not the only path to a calm, healthy mind. Holistic programs incorporate meditative practices for emotional and mental health. Meditation can be used anywhere, anytime, to slow racing thoughts and create inner peace. Meditation changes how individuals experience their thoughts. It provides space and time for reflecting on urges and emotions. Just as exercise can look different for everyone, there are a variety of meditation practices. The Canyon helps patients build a unique set of skills and tools for maintaining mental and emotional wellbeing.

Holistic Alcohol Rehab and Expressive Health

Alcoholism can rob people of the ability to express their inner thoughts, hopes and dreams. Some individuals use alcohol to suppress memories or emotions. Therapy provides one outlet for expression and self-discovery. However individuals may struggle to put their emotions into words. Holistic alcohol rehab options can help. Art therapy is just one option for healthy expression. A licensed art therapist will ask a patient to answer a question through art. People might be asked to draw self-portraits, or they might be asked to create a work describing the home in which they grew up. Participants don’t have to consider themselves artists.

The goal of art therapy isn’t to create a piece of artwork. The goal is expression and steps towards spiritual and emotional health.

Individuals may find it easier to communicate with themselves and others through art. Art therapy isn’t a substitute for talk therapy with a psychologist. It’s a tool that can help a person open up and fully participate in conversation with a therapist. Art therapy is just one method of expression. The Canyon helps patients learn how to tap into their thoughts and feelings. We work with patients to find the best way to do this.

The Canyon Can Help

We offer a wide variety of complementary, holistic treatments. Our alcohol rehab program combines evidence-based therapy with proven alternative practices. We build a personalized treatment plan that fits individual needs and interests.  Find more than sobriety. Find a whole, well life.  Contact us to learn more about what we offer and how we can help.


[1]https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/treatment-approaches-drug-addiction. “DrugFacts: Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction.” National Institute on Drug Abuse. Jul 2016. Web. 8 Dec 2016.

[2]http://www.nycollege.edu/health-care-clinics/our-holistic-approach.php. “Our Holistic Approach.” New York College of Health Professions. Web. 9 Dec 2016.

[3]https://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/bone/Osteoporosis/Conditions_Behaviors/default.asp. “What People Recovering from Alcoholism Need to Know About Osteoporosis.” National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. Apr 2016. Web. 9 Dec 2016.

[4]http://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/exercise-depression#1. “Exercise and Depression.” WebMD. 24 Feb 2016. Web. 9 Dec 2016.

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