As reported in Pastoral Psychology, a survey of addiction rehab centers revealed that a third had some form of holistic treatment offering, as they defined it; specifically, 58 percent of those centers used meditation as part of treatment. These modalities are often used in concert with treatment in the 12-Step model, and they are complementary to other treatments.
Holistic addiction treatment aims to deal with several factors that are considered by these programs to contribute to addiction. These aspects include:
- Physical symptoms of addiction and withdrawal
- Emotional imbalance that can lead to substance abuse
- A lack of spiritual grounding that can make the bliss of drugs desirable
- Unhealthy eating habits, resulting in neurochemical imbalance
- Environmental toxins or contaminants that result in a need for the substance that gets out of control
In some cases, these therapies may even include looking at energetic imbalance, which is then treated through body-energy manipulation, such as Reiki.
In most cases, these treatments are used alongside more conventional therapies. Some centers claim that the holistic program is the best way to treat addiction to provide lasting recovery. It is generally recommended that holistic therapies are used in combination with evidence-based treatment.