At the age of sixteen I figured out the hard way that I had an addiction. My parents had stopped me dead in my tracks. 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 understood well enough to keep an eye on me and my friends My parents are also both recovering narcotic users who know the brain scrambling effects of abusing your body and mind for too many years. They wanted me to have a real chance at life.
They knew me well enough to know that a standard twelve step program would not be enough to tame the demons I was facing. They had each been in and out of several programs with only limited results. After some research they had checked themselves into a rehab center that focused on alternative methods of treatment and since have never looked back. So when it came the unfortunate 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 rehab 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 20 plus years.
For anyone who has tried a standard 12 step program and gone into relapse, I highly recommend looking into an alternative center for recovery. After doing some research of my own, I’ve discovered many that may be right 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 the outcome of it for me.
First of all they focus on your diet. They believe that improving the things you take into the body, the more it heals and makes stronger the mind and spirit. By removing additives and empty substances from the diet, the treatment intends to move the brain to its highest levels of functioning.
Massage, meditation, and relaxation treatments are also key factors in the holistic approach to treating negative thoughts ofclients. We feel that removing 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 rebuilding the strength of mind and body in order for it to take care of itself and shut out any dependence on toxins.
These are just a few of the things that the holistic approach to alternative drug rehab has to offer. After completing 6 short months in the program, I saw that my life had turned a new leaf. 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 changed my life and made a devotee out of me. 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 for you.