Since May is Mental Health Awareness Month, I thought it would be fitting to discuss the correlation between addiction and mental health.

Addiction and constant exposure to drug and alcohol use can impact a person’s brain function, thus interfering with their daily thoughts, emotions and behaviors. Because of this, we now understand addiction as a disease and mental illness.

Drug addiction and mental illness have major stigmas and negative stereotypes in our society. The more people openly discuss drug addiction and mental health in general, people may become more eager to get help. Many avoid talking about these problems because they feel they will be outcast, but these problems must be addressed.

With the rise of prescription drug abuse and addiction in America in recent years, it makes sense that holistic drug rehab has become more popular.

Many holistic drug rehab centers do not use medication as a form of treatment when helping addicts get sober, and they also implement natural therapies to help the addict become centered and at peace. These holistic therapies also work to teach the addict who to manage their daily behaviors thoughts and emotions.

Best Holistic Drug Rehab Therapies

When you go to rehab, you will learn about yourself and the reasons you used drugs. When you go to holistic drug rehab you will have the chance to learn about mindfulness and self-awareness even more than you would at a 12 step program or any other treatment option. Here are some of the therapies you can expect if you go to a holistic drug rehab.

  • Meditation  – Most people think meditation is sitting quiet and taking deep breaths, but there is more to it than just that.In fact, a study from Johns Hopkins shows how meditation rivals antidepressants for depression and anxiety.
  • Acupuncture  An ancient Chinese tradition that has been approved as a complementary therapy along with western medicine for addiction rehabilitation. It has been known to help with addiction to methadone, opiate pain killers and heroin. Acupuncture has been shown to help with other drug addictions and alcoholism as well.
  • Yoga  Similar to meditation yoga allows people to practice living in the present and controlling those thoughts, feelings and behaviors. The difference between yoga and meditation is in the breathing and the different postures and how this can help your body detoxify and de-stress naturally.

Own Your Mental Illness and Improve Your Life

In today’s age, we should not be afraid to come out about our mental issues. People are willing to accept you for who you are. Do not avoid treatment because you are worried about what others will think of you. In the end you have nothing to prove to anyone but yourself.

It can be difficult to determine the right rehab facility for you. Maybe you do not want to go to a holistic drug rehab, as other treatment types also have their advantages. Dual diagnosis treatment is also a popular choice for those struggling with addiction and mental illness.

When deciding on going to rehab to improve your life, be sure to do the proper research. Remember it is not always the cheapest or even the most expensive rehab facility that is the best for you. Find a treatment center that matches your budget, but also find one that meets your standards and beliefs.

About Our Guest Contributor



May is Mental Health Awareness Month


Sam Cardigan is a health writer with an emphasis on mental health and addiction. He has a background in journalism and has an English degree from Central Michigan University.


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Ariel Baradarian

Ariel Baradarian, CCH is an experienced holistic certified homeopathic practitioner with success in addressing a wide variety of mental, emotional, and physical ailments in men, women, and children of all stripes. He works both alongside local medical and integrative doctors and their patients as well as with his own growing, global private practice, both in person in his office in Queens, NY and globally via video chat sessions. Ariel is also a natural health blogger and chief editor of, which is dedicated to helping others heal on all levels using various types of natural healing, including homeopathy. In addition, he is the New York Producer of the Vibrant Living Network, an inspiring organization dedicated to promoting a community natural and holistic health, mindful consciousness, relational intelligence and more!

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  • I find it quite surprising that many people who have some sort of addiction, do not realise that it has got a lot to do with the way the brain functions. I guess this is where proper education is needed for addicts.

    People in general should also be educated on how the mind of a drug addict works, and also on how they became addicts in the first place. I think this will result in a more positive outlook on drug addiction.

    Great article!

  • I do find your article interesting and informative, and it is relevant in this time. I am a firm believer that we all were born with deficiencies to include mental, emotional and spiritual ills (some more severe than others). What I really find interesting is your comparison of Mental Illness and Drug Addiction and not Emotional Illnesses. Mental & emotional have to do with the sensory whereas addiction is more of a choice not an illness.
    Stigmas do exist and their fears are real of being outcast. However, you are correct addressing the problem will provide solutions. No, I know nothing about the holistic Rehabs, but believe that using a holistic approach to solving problems are usually best when it includes the essentials elements.
    Owning anything that is relevant to one’s well-being is the catalyst to initiate the healing process. I put it this way, healing could never start until the bleeding stops. Clarifying, until we own the problem individually and collectively we cannot find solutions.
    One could acknowledge they have a problem, however, it the resources to address the problem is not available in the community, one put themselves at risk for being ostracize in a community that does not see it as an issue and willing to invest the resources to provide a proactive approach to what could become a problem.
    Because there are many levels of Mental & Emotional Illnesses and Drug Addiction, I agree with you that a holistic approach to solving the problem is most appropriate. However, regardless of if one own their illness or addiction (emotional, mental, physical) the community (government & church) have a responsibility to protect, serve and make sure the resources are available to individuals and families. Owning a problem is one thing, it is another to having the resources available as a solution.
    It is obvious we might be addressing the issue on different levels. So let me declare I am speaking for those will not be normally be heard in their cry for help. There are two entities that have a responsibility to the people on every level and they are the church (moral) and the government (legal & financial).
    It the government do their fundamental duty to fund to the churches to provide for the individuals and families, we will find that the problems usually associated with ills and addictions in our communities might be few and far between.
    Great article, and thank you for shining the light on issues of community concern. This is just my opinionated comment on a solution.


    • Hey JoeAnne,

      You are 100% correct, which is why my guest contributor included these holistic therapies. These therapies along with homeopathy and several others, help one to “own” their own issues and give them the boost to they need to work on themselves. But you do bring up a very good point that should be addressed.

  • Hello, I have a loved one addicted to prescribed pain relievers, and you are right about the stigma society has on drug addicts and the mentally ill. They tend to see them as derelicts, lowlives, criminals, but drug addiction and mental illness does not discriminate between, the rich or poor, educated or not educated, it takes anyone. I don’t know what it’s going to take for people not to feel ashamed for having these issues, maybe as more come out, especially those in the public eye, it will become easier for us to discuss.

    The scariest thing about drug addiction is the drugs our doctors prescribe us. There was a time when the strongest thing a doctor gave was Tylenol and drugs like morphine were for those that were dying and wanted a little relief from the pain. Now, not only is morphine given out like candy but so are the many other lethal pain relievers, and the coup de gras is, your doctors and staff treat you like you are the criminal when you become addicted. Now, that’s the crime.

    Thank you for writing this article, we need more of them to open societies eyes.


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