May is Mental Health Awareness Month
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
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.