Holistic Rehab Center
Holistic, Non 12-Step Addiction Treatment Center in Hawaii
What Is a Holistic Treatment Program?
At a holistic rehab, you’re not just treated as the symptoms of your addiction. We understand that you have an innate resiliency within you. And also that it takes a combination of services, tools, and therapies to find a healing path that is going to work best for you.
A holistic program approaches your addiction from all sides – mind, body, and soul. We help you create change at a nervous system-level and learn practical skills you can use to regulate your mind and body when you feel overwhelmed or triggered. We teach you how to navigate your discomfort and create healthy patterns to replace your addictive behavior.
What Does Holistic Mean?
Addiction affects every aspect of a person, from emotions to cognitive abilities to organ functions.
But more often than not, the physical side of addiction takes center stage in traditional treatment. You get asked questions like, “How much are you drinking a day?” or “What are your withdrawal symptoms?” While these are important questions, they alone will not help someone recover fully.
At a holistic recovery center, the focus is to treat the whole person. This healing is typically broken down into three categories: mental, physical, and spiritual.
By taking this holistic approach, a person is no longer just their addiction or their symptoms. Now, their passions, their emotions, and their beliefs are all included in their healing process.
This broader scope offers a person more opportunities to find a healthy coping mechanism that works for them – whether it be yoga, acupuncture, adventure therapy, balanced nutrition, or a combination of all of them.
How Holistic Addiction Rehab Programs Are Different
How do we begin to make change — to replace the negative thoughts you’ve had for so long? We look at the root cause of your issue — including how you first learned to look at yourself in a negative light, trauma you’ve endured, co-occuring mental disorders you may have — we address it all.
While this may seem like an obvious step in healing one’s addiction, many traditional rehab centers overlook this. They focus on stopping the behavior (of drinking or using), but they don’t help you dig deeply enough — to the underlying issues causing the behavior.
We uncover these root causes by using experiential therapies, using our proprietary Experiential Engagement Therapy (EET) first and foremost. EET is based on the concept:
You can’t learn to ride a bike without getting on it.
The same can be said for our behaviors. If you don’t actually try out different methods to reduce anxiety, stress, or triggers, how will you know if they actually work out in the real world?
The wonder of EET is that in each of these situations, a therapist is sitting by to coach you through the experience. We don’t expect you to be an expert in this, and we’re here to help you practice these tools as much as you feel comfortable. This “practice” helps cement these skills into both your body and mind, which helps give you best chance to maintain your sobriety once you go back home.
Benefits of Holistic Addiction Rehab
• Balance all aspects of your being
• Change influential negative beliefs
• Regain your vitality & exuberance
• Heal through acupuncture & massage
• Adopt nutritious eating habits
Incorporating Holistic Techniques for Substance Abuse Treatment
Many treatment programs focus on creating change at a mental level. While this is essential (and we address this in a uniquely experiential way), they often leave out the equally important piece of the puzzle: the intelligence of the body.
Our body retains much more than we often realize. An easier way to explain this is to not look to humans, but to animals.
Imagine a dog that has been mistreated since its young days as a pup. Two years later, when a loving family brings the dog into their home, do you think the dog instantly forgets his abuse? Not by a long shot. But with continued love and support, the dog comes around and understands that these humans are not a threat.
Now think of how we do this to our own bodies. After years of berating ourselves and thinking we’re losers for drinking or using, our body has become prone to respond in specific ways to triggers. Anxious? Reach for the bottle. Depressed? Grab some pills. It now happens without conscious decision.
A solid holistic treatment center will teach you new skills to put a stop to this auto-response and begin to create long-lasting change and long-term recovery.
What to Look for in a Holistic Rehab
• Consider what will be most healing for you…
…and make sure the program has the staff and expertise to deliver
A Wide Range of Holistic Services
• Find programs that truly work from a holistic mindset…
…and offer a plethora of services for the mind, body, and soul
• Ensure you’ll learn how to take back control of your nervous system…
…and rewire how you respond in a fight-or-flight situation
Holistic and Conventional Approaches in Treatment
In addition to addressing any health issues caused by a person’s addiction, a holistic program offers a unique chance to address both acute and chronic health issues for each client while in their program.
For example, after arriving into the program, clients receive a comprehensive physical exam and laboratory testing. The client then has a relaxed conversation with one of the rehab’s doctors, explaining their health history and any current health concerns they may have. Based on this accumulative information, the medical team develops an individualized treatment plan for each client.
Part of this treatment plan may include nutritional or herbal supplements. There are many benefits to including supplements in your program, including:
- helping the body and mind to heal
- reducing withdrawal symptoms
- providing mood support
- correcting critical deficiencies
Daily health checks, coupled with weekly doctor’s visits, allows the holistic team to continuously provide the most effective support for each client. Changes to medications may also be recommended, especially if current medications are ineffective or are causing unwanted side effects.
The team of dedicated physicians and nurses work together to ensure that every client who completes the program leaves healthier than when they arrived, equipped with an actionable plan on how to continue this lifestyle change when they return home.
Can I Still Take My Prescription Medicine at a Holistic Rehab?
Holistic and integrative physicians use a variety of safe, effective options in the diagnosis and treatment of addictions. They strive to see the entire picture of you and evaluate every aspect that could be contributing to your substance use problem.
Holistic rehabs do allow clients to take medications prescribed from their doctors back home. At the same time, the medical director will conduct a comprehensive review of your health and recommend any changes or additions to your medical treatment that would be beneficial for your overall health.
Holistic Healing for Dual Diagnosis
When you view addiction from a holistic perspective, it’s easy to see the importance of addressing all co-occurring mental health disorders.
For example, if you have a drinking problem, doesn’t it make sense that when your anxiety spikes, you’ll want to drink? Or when you see something that triggers your unresolved trauma, you’ll reach for a bottle?
Our mental health disorders and addictions go hand-in-hand, feeding off each other. Holistic rehabilitation centers have the expertise to effectively address your dual diagnosis issues while you’re in treatment, while teaching you self-regulation skills to assist in overcoming all the obstacles in your life.
How Effective are Holistic Techniques in Rehab?
A large part of your program is bringing your physical body to a more balanced state of health. A holistic rehab utilizes very specific, nutritional supplements and healthy, gourmet meals that will replenish the vitamins and minerals necessary to rebuild your body’s strength, immunity, and return you to an optimum state of health.
To further eliminate residual substance abuse toxins, clients are offered a variety of services in their programs, including:
- nutrition therapy
- yoga and exercise
- massage therapy
- structural integration
- craniosacral therapy
As a result of our integrative approach, participants report that they experience great relief from physical and psychological pain. You become relaxed, sleep better, and notice improved memory, as well as an increasing sense of presence, self-awareness, and self-control.
Enhanced mental clarity then supports the process of learning the skills of recovery. Old cravings fall away, and in their place, you develop a vigorous attitude for engaging with life.
While Eastern countries have been using holistic approaches for hundreds of years, Western countries are beginning to catch up. Nowadays, you can find some version of holistic care in many hospitals, doctors’ offices, and therapists’ offices.
So as far as the effectiveness of holistic services, we’ll let its booming popularity speak for itself.
Types Of Holistic Treatment
Holistic treatment centers typically deliver a personalized acupuncture protocol as part of your comprehensive, holistic addiction treatment. In your acupuncture sessions, they address body pain, nausea, and appetite issues.
Acupuncture is said to garner the following benefits for most patients:
- Takes away cravings for drugs or alcohol, including nicotine
- Minimizes withdrawal symptoms
- Calms the nervous system, which creates less agitation and better sleep
- Brings relief from stress and emotional trauma
- Creates an easier connection for the client with counseling
- Contributes to a discovery of inner quiet and strength
- Helps with the intention for recovery
The combined application of acupuncture with integrative counseling methods creates a powerful, collaborative force for successful recovery physically, emotionally and mentally.
Fresh Delicious Food
At a holistic rehab, chefs create a delicious and healthy menu designed to help restore your natural vitality. The chefs will entice your culinary senses and nurture you back on track to the body you want.
Innovative nutritional plans contribute to detoxifying your system while easing your release from addiction. As you develop a new relationship with food, you will feel energized and gain the strength and clarity of mind you need to support permanent recovery.
Special dietary needs are joyfully accommodated. Holistic programs honor each person’s right and responsibility to choose food that best fits their needs and tastes. All foods, even desserts, are made with whole foods, organic and locally sourced whenever possible.
Do you love to prepare food or do you want to learn from artists of healthful cuisine? Some rehab programs’ chefs welcome participation alongside them and in special culinary classes.
Yoga, Exercise & Fitness
Yoga stretching and fitness classes are planned as appropriate for each individual. A fitness program can help you get beyond the old self-sabotaging beliefs that may have been keeping you from enjoying a fun and fit lifestyle. Together, a holistic rehab will create an uplifting physical fitness program for you.
Imagine experiencing a genuine love for physical activity and rebuilding your health. People who truly enjoy living in their own bodies are far less likely to abuse them. With addiction recovery, the stimulation of serotonin production through exercise is a helpful tool to improve mood and shift stagnant energy. Getting the heart rate up and stimulating lymph and blood flow also helps to move toxins the body may be releasing from illicit drug abuse, pharmaceutical drugs, alcohol or other toxins.
Massage therapy is well-documented and an evidence-based way to reduce pain, diminish depression, reduce anxiety and enhance immune function. Studies show that massage therapy can be as effective as psychotherapy, as far as the immediate benefits of the session, in the treatment of depression and anxiety.
The reason for this is the biochemical effects massage therapy has on the body. It increases the levels of serotonin and dopamine, while decreasing the level of cortisol. Decreased cortisol brings stress relief for the body, while more serotonin and dopamine contribute to a positive state of motivation, productivity, and well-being.
Simply put, touch is extremely important for human beings. Touch changes our biochemistry and literally makes us happier. We are designed to be connected to others.
Based on the significant impact of massage therapy on the nervous system and mood of our clients, we highly recommend clients to incorporate additional massage sessions into their rehabilitation programs.
Essentially, our bodies are moving through the air in relation to gravity. With Structural Integration, the primary goal is to improve the alignment and movement of the body. It trains your body to have better alignment with gravity.
The focus of this method is actually not on the body’s muscles, but on the muscle’s protective layer, called fascia (connective tissue). Structural Integration aligns and balances the body by lengthening and repositioning the fascia. The lengthening of the fascia helps the body to move more efficiently.
The effect of Structural Integration reaches far beyond the physical structure. When we align the physical body then emotions, attitudes, belief systems and behavior patterns are affected too. Your potential, your self-confidence, and your ability to handle change (resiliency) are all positively affected through this work.
``It’s such a well-rounded holistic program! You get such great, special gifts from each one of the staff members here. They care. They care so deeply about you.”
- Confidential Client Testimonial
The focus of craniosacral therapy is to help resolve the stagnancy that is contributing to disease and fragmentation in the body and mind. This is accomplished by the therapist sensing the body’s subtle rhythms with his or her hands, leading to any pattern of inertia or congestion.
Craniosacral practitioners can read the story written in your physical body and identify areas where the life force is held stagnantly. Craniosacral treatment enhances the body’s own self-healing and self-regulating capabilities, propelling recovery forwards.
Craniosacral therapy sessions are effective adjunct treatment options for addiction recovery, insomnia, anxiety, depression and eating disorders.
Healing Touch / Reiki
Reiki is an energy type bodywork that, like craniosacral work, addresses the ‘life force’ in the body. The word reiki is made from two Japanese words – Rei which means “Higher Power” and Ki which is “life force energy”. The session will affect emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects like relaxation, improved health and a wonderful feeling of peace.
How The Exclusive Hawaii Is Different
Non 12 Step Therapy Approach
Many people who prefer holistic services understand there is no one right way to do something. It’s often a combination of things, and that mix completely depends on the individual.
That’s also our approach when it comes to individual and group therapy. The dominating philosophy in the recovery industry is 12 Step-based treatment. While it’s proved useful to some, it’s proved the opposite for many as well. Our Non 12 Step approach to overcoming addiction doesn’t use labels like “addict” or “alcoholic.” We believe there’s more to your identity than that.
We help you heal your underlying wounds, and learn to understand why you formed your beliefs in the first place. We teach you actionable tools to use instead of the destructive behavior you’ve been repeating for so long.
• Maximum of 8 clients at a time
• Private & shared rooms available
• Beautiful center on 52 secluded acres
Secluded, Tropical Setting
Known as the “Healing Island,” the Big Island of Hawaii offers one of the most nourishing environments in the world. Of course, one of the defining features of Hawaii Island is the crystal clear Pacific Ocean that surrounds it.
On excursion days, staff will lead you to beautiful beaches where you’re able to partake in snorkeling and swimming (maybe running into a sea turtle or two while you’re in the water!)
The other coveted aspect of the island is the lush plants and flowers that decorate every foot of land.
Wherever you are here, you’ll feel more at one with nature than you do in many other places on Earth.
Take Back Your Life
We know seeking treatment is a big step. We also know how devastating it can be to choose the wrong program.
So at this stage, really think about what you’re looking for.
Do you want a more natural approach to your healing? With movement, massage, supplements, and nutrition all at your disposal? Or will you be fine with strictly therapy and medical appointments for 30 days?
Do you want your mind, body, and spirit considered when building your treatment plan?
Is a comfortable, home-like environment important to you? Or are you okay with a clinical facility?
While your trust in yourself may be a little shaky these days, you still know what’s best for you. Call us today to see if we could be the program that fits best for you. 808-775-0200
What Is Holistic Rehab Really Like?
To explain the benefits of holistic recovery, imagine Kim, who’s struggling with undiagnosed depression and drinks 2 bottles of wine a night to cope.
Let’s look at 2 recovery scenarios for Kim.