Psychology of Addiction
The Holistic Approach to Addiction
As with any other disease, drug addiction causes stress and breaks down the body immune system. Not only does drug addiction break the body immunes system down but it also decreases brain function. In the book addiction treatment a strengths perspective, the authors Wormer and Davis stated, “Other remedies directed toward the physical side of drug use are more natural, holistic approaches. These include various herbal remedies, acupuncture, massage, hypnosis, and biofeedback.” (Pg 204) In my opinion, the holistic approach can be very practical for treating the disease of addiction because it will help people gain the proper balance for those who suffer from addiction.
Treating the disease of addiction with the holistic approach is very doable in my opinion. Again, the holistic treatment is very beneficial for helping people with getting in tuned with themselves. Therefore, the holistic approach in my opinion will help addicts align their body, mind, and spirit while going through the healing stages of addiction.
In the book addiction treatment a strengths perspective, the authors Wormer and Davis also stated, “The goal of holistic therapies is to restore the body to its naturally healthy state. Holistic philosophy, as Apstolides (1996) suggest, overlaps with the harm reduction approach to addiction in its focus on treating the entire person, often with psychotherapy, as well as medical remedies. In the major U.S. cities, a number of harm reduction centers now offer programs that include acupuncture, massage therapy, yoga and substance misuse counseling.” (Pg 206) Although there are many forms of mediation most of the time, it could help people with relaxing and their mental clarity. Therefore, a daily dose meditation can only help addicts relax their everyday stress in life. In no way can mediation be harmful to addicts while...