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The Holistic Approach to Healing



Healthcare has incorporated an ongoing trend for the past few years which incorporates holistic treatment. These modern approaches into more standard therapies for a wide range of conditions. Substance abuse and addiction treatment is no exception to this, as a variety of holistic techniques are used in rehab centers around the US. Holistic refers to a “whole person” approach to health care interventions—a simultaneous focus on the mind and body for complete healing. Many treatment centers see holistic approaches as an opportunity for patients to better attend to both their psychological and physical needs. With holistic approaches, people may see improvements not only in their rehabilitation but also in other parts of their daily life.


Some approaches are based on practices that derive from cultural traditions. Such as:

  • Massage. 5 basic Techniques ( Effleurage-Circular stroking, Petrissage - Kneading movements, Friction- rubbing, Vibration, Tapotement-tapping).

  • Acupuncture ( insertion of a very thin needle at strategic points) and acupressure (applying pressure to specific points).

  • Reiki (a Japanese form of energy healing) and other types of energy work.

  • Yoga and meditation ( spiritual practices or disciplines).

  • Biofeedback (techniques you can use to learn to control some of your body functions) and neuro-feedback.

  • Nutritional therapy (a process in which you can use food to support life.

  • Herbal medicines (products that are made from botanicals, or plants used to treat diseases).

These are just some of the wide range of treatments described as holistic. About 4 out of 10 adults in the United States use some form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), and the trend seems to be expanding. A key feature that runs throughout many of these techniques is that they are intended, to treat the whole person and improve overall well-being rather than target a single element of an individual's symptoms or behaviors.


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