Addiction and Alternative Holistic Recovery

By at 24 January, 2010

These days, many people face health related problems. Those suffering from any form of dependency often engage in uncontrollable behaviors so they can avoid depression, anxiety, and troubling state of moods.

By way of holistic recovery, these individuals are offered the opportunity to experience those painful emotions safely. At the same time they are able to learn functional actions to be able to handle negative behaviors and thoughts. Addiction and recovery are very important affairs that require careful thought.

Most of today’s treatment programs for addiction mainly center on destructive behavior and distorted thinking. True causes of anxiety and depression which drives the individual towards negative behaviors and thoughts gets less attention..

Those treatments available at best, can only offer addicts with lectures and group activities where they can share their feelings. However, the treatments rarely offer addicts adequate opportunities to safely and directly experience their feelings and how to manage it creatively.

The alternative holistic approach to addiction recovery will provide the same type of treatments offered and more. This approach is a combination of western and eastern healing. The supporters of this path will teach addicts to use their own senses in order to assess emotions and at the same time, they’ll know how to manage associated distress effectively.

Holistically, there are two more senses to the five we already know. They include sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell; plus internal sensations and balance. Everyday, our 7 senses pick up different varieties of information of which those are sent to the brain. The body responds accordingly to the brain’s interpreted data. The body’s response will always invoke feelings.

Addicts who have undergone the holistic approach to recovery, learn that anxiety and depression are simply physical sensations, that they can’t really ‘feel’ thoughts. Thoughts can produce physical distress if the brain construes the thought to be a threat.

For instance, if you’re worried about something, a thought is usually attached to it. You can’t feel the thought but what you are actually feeling is the body’s response to the thought. Sounds a little confusing, right? But if you try to analyze it a little, it makes perfect sense. If this is properly explained and taught to addicts, they’ll surely understand it and be empowered to deal with their addiction.

The thought brought about by worrying is interpreted by the brain as some kind of threat and so the body prepares to protect itself by releasing cortisol, adrenaline, and other chemicals. These chemicals can make your body freeze, hide, flee, or fight. Every human brain responds the same way to stress.

The sensations you feel will bring about pressure, tightness, heaviness, tension, and other feelings. The changes usually lead to anxiety and depression which can further lead to serious conditions such as heart attacks. If this process is not slowed down, recovery can’t be achieved.

The holistic approach to recovery will teach addicts to consistently and effectively ease the physical sensations. Patients are instructed how to notice the senses, identify specific thoughts occurring, and how their body is actually feeling. The recovering addicts will now have the power to handle anxiety and depression that lead to addictive behavior.

It’s natural for humans to think, feel, sense, and do. If you want to recover from any type of addiction, you must want it yourself and with the aid of the alternative holistic approach, addiction and recovery can be addressed properly.

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Patrick August 2, 2014

started writing my life story. am 60 yrs. old, almsot, and have been an alcoholic, addict for 43 years. funny, but when i sat down to type, the first thing that came to me was my insatiable desire to eat sweets and sugar as a young girl. so i googled it and found you. thankyou so much for verifying what i was thinking. just incase my book ever gets published, remember . . . you were a part of my story and maybe a part of my recovery from my sugar addiction which i have not yet addressed. thankyou and good luck. good work!!!

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