Holistic Methods in Marijuana Addiction Treatment
Holistic methods in marijuana addiction treatment focus on healing the psychological, emotional, physical, and spiritual aspects of the addict as a whole.
Marijuana Effects of Addiction
Marijuana can have debilitating effects on the mind, hinder development in adolescents and young adults, cause unwanted changes in personalities and behaviors, impair physical and mental stability, and leave the person’s spirit empty inside.
Every person is unique and has their own consequential effects from marijuana abuse which often leads them feeling unable to cope with themselves or their surroundings without the use of marijuana. When this happens, the addict may suffer undue stress, depression, anxiety, lack of self worth, guilt, social disorders, or lack of motivation which creates more imbalances in their overall wellbeing.
Holistic methods in marijuana addiction treatment help the person to gain optimal health in their mind, body, and spirit by recognizing and treating all of the various aspects, their causes, and effects on each other, helping them to find and maintain a positive balance between them.
Practices of Holistic Methods
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Similar to other chronic, relapsing diseases, such as diabetes, asthma, or heart disease, drug addiction can be managed successfully.” Some people may need a little more help than others in order to be truly healthy, accept themselves, enjoy and maintain control of their life, and have a sense of belonging.
Holistic method practices are often complementary therapies used in addition to conventional therapies, or alternative therapies used as a replacement for conventional therapies. Combined therapies with conventional methods are known as integrated therapies which actively provide extra support during formal treatment programs.
Types of Holistic Methods in Marijuana Addiction Treatment
The availability of a wide range of holistic methods in treatment significantly advances the recovery potentials for many marijuana addicts. Types of holistic methods most beneficial include:
Acupuncture – an old Asian remedy used for stimulating healing through careful insertion of fine needles in specific areas of the body in systematic ways.
Animal/Pet Therapy – is often used for healing physical, emotional, and psychological issues through interactions with animals, decreasing stress levels, lowering blood pressure, reducing anger, aggression, anxiety, and depression, while increasing trust, confidence, patience, and improving social functioning. Equine therapy is a prime example of successful and positive holistic methods of this type.
Aromatherapy – can be used in a variety of settings including the home or office as a complementary therapy to reduce anxiety, insomnia, or depression and to relax or elevate energy which can complicate marijuana addiction recovery.
Herbs, Nutrition, or Homeopathic therapies – are commonly used to alleviate withdrawals or other unwanted symptoms, cleanse the body of toxins, and promote health both physically and psychologically.
Meditation, Yoga, Massage and Exercise therapies – are also commonplace holistic methods that improve physical and psychological wellbeing, promoting inner peace, relaxation, self awareness, and acceptance.