Benefits of Holistic Treatments for Addiction Recovery

Benefits of Holistic Treatments for Addiction Recovery

When working through recovery, there are many ways to boost your mental health and practices to implement that will help further assist you in your recovery journey. Holistic treatment plans offer a different approach to recovery. An article posted by the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs has shown that holistic approaches to recovery can provide a strong sense of self-identity, self-esteem, and self-confidence.

At Healing Pines Recovery, there are a wide variety of holistic treatment options available to help you through your recovery journey. The road to sobriety can be difficult to navigate. Having these practices by your side can help ease the stress of this process. A key benefit of holistic treatment is the skills you learn that you can bring with you to the world outside of treatment to help you maintain sobriety.

Physical Fitness

Physical fitness can be more beneficial than you think. Yes, being physically fit is great but there is more to it than just the physical presence of your body. Physical fitness can also boost your energy levels along with improving your mental health.

When you first enter recovery, it can feel as if you are at one of the lowest parts of your life. Many benefits arise when your body is clean of the toxins that came from substance abuse, however, the side effects of addiction do not disappear that quickly. You must also ensure you are seeking treatment for your mind and your mental health so you do not continue to fall back into the habits of substance use.

Yoga and Tai Chi

If fitness is not for you there are many different physical alternatives to consider. Yoga and Tai Chi offer many physical benefits by keeping your body limber and allowing oxygen to flow efficiently throughout your body. Yoga and tai chi also promote a state of mindfulness and allow you to focus your thoughts on the current moment. A study published by the International Journal of Yoga has shown that yoga can be greatly beneficial to addiction recovery.

There can be a lot of anxiety and anticipation for upcoming obstacles when you are in the early stages of recovery. Being able to reduce that anxiety and be “in the moment” is very beneficial to your mental health. Although there are stigmas attached to doing yoga, after a few sessions you may find that the benefits outweigh any preconceived notions you may have heard.


When speaking of mindfulness, meditation is another great way to achieve this mental state. It can be difficult to do at first, but gets easier with practice, as any new skill does. Meditation can offer other benefits aside from a feeling of being present to help calm your emotions and ease stress.

Meditation can be used to reflect on yourself. This is extremely important to do throughout recovery. In the early stages of recovery, you have to learn to cope with the choices you have made during your active addiction state. Taking a moment each day to reflect and choose aspects to improve within yourself can be very empowering and is a great tool to use in your sobriety journey.

Animal-Assisted Therapy

Working with animals can be a fun and engaging activity that can benefit your recovery journey. At Healing Pines Recovery, we offer animal-assisted therapy that allows you to interact with horses, lamas, and goats. This form of therapy can help men get a sense of daily life at the ranch. Through animal-assisted therapy, you can learn and develop important key skills that apply to your recovery journey, such as responsibility, confidence, and accountability. When taking care of animals and interacting with them, these skills become highly important.

Along with learning skills that can apply to your recovery, it also teaches you to create a deeper connection and love for something else. Not only are you learning to care for another living thing but you are in-return learning how to care for yourself and love yourself more deeply. This can help improve your appreciation for yourself and the world around you.

Implementing holistic methods while in recovery can be incredibly beneficial. While in treatment, you can receive almost constant medical and professional help. After returning home, you may not have as readily available access to these things. Holistic treatment methods can be used to ease this transition. Working out, doing yoga through online videos, and meditation can all easily be done in the comfort of your own home. Healing Pines Recovery is aiming for long-term recovery and provides you with the tools you need to handle daily life in and out of treatment.

Holistic treatments are a great way to treat addiction and substance use disorders. Healing Pines Recovery provides many different options for addiction recovery, including holistic approaches. Learning different types of holistic therapy methods can be beneficial for you while in treatment and out of treatment. It can be difficult to recover on your own and develop skills to use outside of treatment. Healing Pines Recovery can teach you the skills you may need to balance your life outside of treatment and reach sobriety. Our experienced staff is eager to help you on your recovery journey and to help you maintain long-term recovery. If you or someone you know identifies as a male and is looking to establish a healthy recovery plan through treatment and holistic approaches, Healing Pines Recovery is a place to find the help that you need. Reach out today at (888) 855-9561.

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