At the age of 16 I figured out the hard way that I had an issue. My parents had staged an intervention. I was confronted head on by family, about my addiction to booze and meth. I foolishly thought I was hiding it well. But that mistake comes with being young, dumb, and addicted to drugs. Fortunately I had parents who cared well enough to keep an eye on me and my friends My parents are also both recovering alcoholics who know the devastating effects of abusing your body and mind for too many years. They wanted me to have a real shot at life.
They knew me well enough to know that a standard 12 step program would not be enough to solve the issues I was facing. They had each been in and out of several programs with only short term results. After some research they had checked themselves into an alternative drug rehab center and have since never looked back. So when it came the sad time in their lives to put their only son into a detox program, they had no hesitation about what to do. They enrolled me in a form of alternative drug rehab that focused on holistic healing. In other words, this alternative style of treatment focused on me as a whole, as one with the earth and the universe. Sounds corny right? Well it worked. And it’s been working for over twenty years.
For anyone who has tried a standard treatment program and gone into relapse, I highly recommend checking out an alternative treatment center. After looking into a few of my own, I’ve discovered many that may be suitable for all walks of life. There are centers strictly for men, women, GLBT, faith-based, and holistic. And since I’ve followed the holistic style of alternative drug rehab, please allow me to tell you a little about it and why it worked for me.
First of all they focus on your dietary intake. They believe that improving the things you take into the body, the stronger your mind and body will make themselves. By removing additives and empty substances from the diet, the holistic approach intends to move the brain to its highest levels of functioning.
Massage, meditation, and relaxation treatments are also lovely factors in the holistic approach to treating negative thoughts ofrecovering users. We feel that learning to control negative thinking and negative influences, will create a positive and addiction free path to follow. Tai Chi and Yoga also play a large role in recovering the strength of mind and body in order for it to take care of itself and shut out any dependence on substances.
These are just a few of the things that the holistic approach to nontraditional treatment has to offer. After completing six short months in the program, I saw that my life had taken an entirely new direction. I I fell in love with the new way of life and decided that I was going to train to become a holistic drug counselor and help others just like me. Holistic healing had opened my eyes to a world of peace and confident achievement. I urge anyone who may have a problem to seek help. But I want to show that there are nontraditional treatment programs out there if a 12 step program isn’t working out.