Traditional and Holistic Drug Rehabilitation Programs

How White Sands Tampa Drug Rehabilitation Programs Treat the Person, Not the Addiction

Drug rehabilitation programs use a combination of different drug addiction treatment methods intended to achieve the best possible results. In order to improve outcomes for people recovering from addiction, it’s important that drug addiction specialists tailor the correct combination to suit each person’s unique needs.

There are various types of treatment for addiction that not only make the symptoms of withdrawal easier to manage, but specialized therapies also help to reduce the risk of a recovering person relapsing back into dysfunctional behaviors after leaving rehab.

It’s common for many people to assume that drug rehabilitation programs focus on helping a recovering addict through the detox process. While detoxification is an integral part of the recovery process, it only serves to eliminate the effects of the drug from the body. Detox on its own does nothing to address the underlying psychological triggers behind self-destructive behaviors behind addictive substance use. In essence, detox only treats the physical symptoms of addiction. In order to reduce the risk of relapsing back into a cycle of addictive drug or alcohol abuse, it’s important to address both the physical and psychological aspects of addiction.

Drug Addiction Treatment Methods

Most drug rehabilitation programs begin a comprehensive treatment program with the detox process. Depending on the type of drug being taken, some people may be given prescription treatment medications that alleviate the worst of any withdrawal symptoms.

For example, a person recovering from addiction to opiate drugs may be given methadone or buprenorphine under medical supervision to replace the opiate drug being taken. Over a period of time, the dosage of treatment medication is carefully tapered down until the person is free from both drugs.

However, if a person is detoxing from stimulant drugs, such as cocaine or methamphetamine, there are no treatment medications available. Instead, addiction specialists may administer medications designed to treat any adverse symptoms of withdrawal that emerge. These may include antipsychotic medications, antidepressants or anti-anxiety drugs.

Traditional Addiction Treatment Programs

In order to begin addressing the psychological aspect of addictive behavior, a combination of cognitive behavioral therapies, individual counseling sessions and group support meetings are used. Behavioral therapies work to help each recovering person identify their own individual addiction triggers and high-risk situations. Therapy then encourages the person to begin developing a strong relapse prevention strategy based on their own unique needs.

Regular attendance at group support meetings is intended to provide a source of peer support that helps reduce feelings of isolation. There are a variety of different group support meetings available for recovering addicts, including traditional 12-step meetings and non-traditional groups such as SMART Recovery or Women in Recovery

Holistic Treatment Programs

Traditional types of treatment for addiction can improve likely outcomes for recovering people. However, the most successful drug rehabilitation programs integrate a range of holistic treatment options into the treatment program. Using holistic, alternative, or natural drug addiction treatment methods provides a recovering person with healthy ways to manage their own symptoms long after leaving rehab.

Commonly used holistic therapies used in drug rehabilitation programs might include:

  • Yoga: yoga uses a variety of poses and postures in combination with controlled breathing techniques. Yoga can help improve physical fitness and health, enhance flexibility, build core strength and tone wasted muscles. Yoga is also ideal for improving concentration, promoting relaxation, relieving symptoms of stress, and reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression that often accompany the recovery process
  • Meditation: Learning to meditate provides a recovering person with a healthy, natural way to control urges, reduce the severity of cravings, promote relaxation and reduce the risk of relapse.
  • Creative therapy: Many people recovering from drug or alcohol addiction struggle with unexpressed emotions and feelings. Creative therapies provide a nonverbal way to express pent-up frustrations and emotions. Commonly used creative therapies may include painting, drawing, writing, music, sculpting or dance.
  • Acupuncture: Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese practice used to relieve various symptoms that may accompany post-acute withdrawal. Acupuncture provides a natural way to manage pain, cope with cravings and urges, and relieve symptoms of stress, anxiety, or depression.

The objective of using a variety of different therapies and treatments is to help each recovering person discover the combination that works best for their individual needs.

If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.

About the Author

is a proud alumni member of WhiteSands Treatment. After living a life of chaos, destruction and constant let downs, Mark was able to make a complete turnaround that sparked a new way of life. He is serious about his recovery along with helping others. At WhiteSands Treatment, we offer support to you in your homes or when you are out living in your daily lives.