Holistic Based Services
We are pleased to announce some of our new services offered! What are Holistic based services? They are treatments which have been proven effective repeatedly in a clinical setting. When applied individually, evidence-based holistic practices such as yoga and massage therapy can result in mental, emotional, and physical relief from pain and stress, and offer other incredible benefits.
When combined, however, the effect of each practice builds an unwavering foundation for ideal health and a satisfying life full of joy and well-being.
The purpose of the Holistic Comprehensive Wellness Program is to offer clients the missing fibers of the interwoven wellness tapestry and send them on a path of inner well-being and disease-free life. We are very excited at Just Believe Recovery to implement these services for our clients!
Evidence–based practice (EBP) is a process in which the practitioner combines well-researched interventions with clinical experience and ethics, and client preferences and culture to guide and inform the delivery of treatments and services.
We are proud to offer the following services to our clients:
Amino acids are nutrients that directly affect biochemical changes in the brain, addiction treatment, trauma, and impulsive and compulsive disorders. In certain combinations, amino acids can be highly effective in the treatment of disorders such as depression, anxiety, and cravings for substances.
The nutrients work by raising the levels of chemicals required to create certain neurotransmitters (i.e., dopamine) that work to improve well-being and feelings of peacefulness. These neurotransmitters are depleted in many diseases and conditions, including eating disorders, impulsive and compulsive disorders, ADHD, and Autism.
Studies have found that an ideal state of well-being can be achieved through the use of certain combinations of amino acids, vitamins, herbs, minerals, and a balanced diet.
In an Alcohol outpatient trial, more than half of a non-amino acid group dropped out at ten weeks versus 13% of an amino acid group.
Eighty-seven percent of a non-amino acid group dropped out at 379 days versus a 20% dropout rate of an amino acid group.
In a 28-day, residential double-blinded study, amino acids reduced:
- Withdrawal tremors
- BESS scores which assess the potential for emotional and behavioral problems
Auriculotherapy is akin to ear acupuncture but does not employ the use of needles – rather, a device called a micro-current stimulator is placed on reflex points on the outside of the ear and transmits messages to different areas of the brain based on the points being treated.
Auriculotherapy can treat multiple problems associated with substance abuse, trauma, anxiety, depression, and cravings for substances, including tobacco.
In two randomized studies conducted three years apart, patients were treated with auriculotherapy versus a placebo control group and held in a residential treatment environment.
The results found:
Improved rates of retention in drug rehab, up to 97% with the employment of auriculotherapy.
An 80% reduction in depression, anxiety, and cravings for substances in those with drug or alcohol addiction and impulsive or compulsive disorders.
We employ personal trainers to motivate clients by setting goals and offering feedback. Trainers measure BMI, strength, weakness, and fitness and injury history to design a personalized evaluation.
Exercise is essential for reducing stress and anxiety, and also improves sleep and results in a more positive sense of well-being. It positively affects the mind and body at every level and reduces the negative effects of chronic stressors such as addiction.
In Duke University’s groundbreaking study SMILE the anti-depressive effects of exercise were compared to use of the SSRI sertraline in a sixteen-week trial.
Six months following the study clients were surveyed, and it was found that exercise appeared to work better than medication over the long-run.
The incorporation of massage therapy into recovery can offer significant benefits during all stages, including cessation of substance use, withdrawal, detoxification and sustained abstinence. The emotional, physical and spiritual elements of recovery are positively affected by the healing power of human touch. Massive therapy is highly recommended for the treatment of pain and anxiety, and the promotion of relaxation and well-being.
The Touch Research Institute published findings in 1998 that revealed that regular massage regimen resulted in a long-term increase in dopamine levels. And because therapeutic touch increases dopamine levels, it helps patients feel happier and less stressful when undergoing the detox process.
Additional research also reveals that massage therapy can help to alleviate anxiety and depression, reduce cortisol levels by as much as 50%, and increase neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine that help ease depression.
Meditation is best described as a wide range of mindfulness practices that promote relaxation, boost internal energy, and promote love, patience, generosity, and forgiveness. In addition to reducing stress, meditation helps people find their own inner peace. It permits us to recognize cravings before they happen and react appropriately. It also increases attentiveness, makes it easier to let go of thoughts related to addiction, and improves our ability to cope with stress.
Evidence of the effectiveness of meditation as a supplement to addiction treatment is growing. In 2007, a study revealed that persons who underwent meditative practices while in recovery garnered improved coping skills and an improved awareness of trigger that enable addiction.
Another study (Yale) recently revealed that a four-week mindfulness training program was more effective as an addiction treatment for tobacco smoking than the American Lung Association treatment. On average, research showed that participant experienced a 90% decrease in the number of cigarettes they used from 18 per day to 2 per day. Also, more than one-third quit entirely.
Proper nutrition is critical for everyone, but especially for persons in recovery. Nutrition is the basis for achieving optimal well-being and can help to alleviate depression, anxiety, and cravings in people who are undergoing detox and recovery.
Clients are provided with a “kitchen makeover,” nutritional information, and the tool necessary to remain on a food-healthy path for the rest of their lives.
In 2004, a study of nutrition education in addiction treatment programs revealed that it is a critical asset to treatment and can improve treatment outcomes.
In 2009, another study found that nutrition is necessary for improving and sustaining energy levels, mood, and mental clarity – benefits that lead to a more successful outcome.
Psychotherapy is centered on modifying maladaptive behavior. Moreover, people suffering from depression, anxiety, eating disorders, substance use disorders, and impulsive and compulsive disorders often engage in negative behaviors as a means to cope with experiences, memories or events that are emotionally traumatic or overwhelming.
Even those people who have adequate coping skills may resort to immediate gratification rather than confronting issues. Our recovery therapists assist clients to identify and achieve short-term goals and offer encouragement. When sobriety is achieved, healthy, adaptive strategies are learned, and the client can begin to investigate issues that led to addiction.
In conjunction with the therapist, the client will then identify long-term goals, such as repairing damaged relationships, accepting responsibility, and letting go of guilt.
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