When I was 16 I learned a thing or two about life. 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 loved me enough to pay attention to my actions and who I was hanging around. My parents are also both recovering alcoholics who know the deadly consequences of abusing your body and mind for too many years. They did not want the same life for me.
They knew me well enough to know that a standard 12 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 short term results. After some research they had checked themselves into an alternative drug rehab center 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 style of treatment focused on me as a whole, as one with the earth and the universe. Sounds hokey right? Well it worked. And it’s been working for over twenty years.
For anyone who has tried a standard treatment program and failed, I highly recommend looking into an alternative treatment center. After looking into a few of my own, I’ve discovered many that may be right for all walks of life. There are centers strictly for men, women, gay/lesbian/bi/tran, 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 dietary intake. They believe that improving the food you take into the body, the more it strengthens the mind and spirit. By removing additives and empty substances from the diet, the alternative drug rehab intends to move the brain to its highest levels of functioning.
Massage, meditation, and relaxation treatments are also important factors in the holistic approach to treating negative thoughts ofclients. We feel that taking away negative thinking and negative influences, will create a positive and substance 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 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 taken an entirely new direction. I wrote to my parents and let them know that I was going to train to become an alternative drug counselor and help others just like me. Holistic healing had opened my eyes to a world of peace and whole 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 twelve step program isn’t cutting it.