Treating trauma can be long and arduous, but a holistic approach may be the fastest way to get back on your feet. Last week I discussed how you could use meditation to reduce stress from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or depression. Recent research has shown holistic approaches to treating mental health issues are much more effective than traditional methods. By integrating several techniques, you can effectively treat the root cause of your mental health problems and improve your overall quality of life. Don’t neglect this important part of your recovery.
What is Holistic Therapy?
Holistic therapy is a treatment strategy that considers the whole person and everything influencing them. By acknowledging their social, work, medical, and mental health issues alongside substance abuse, people can get the full picture of what governs their behavior. It focuses on getting to the root of your challenges and addressing any underlying issues. It can reduce cravings for a substance by using anti-depressants or anti-psychotics. It does nothing to change your relationship with substances; these pills cover up your problems without addressing them.
Common holistic approaches include psychotherapy, hypnosis, EMDR, equine-assisted therapy (EAT), and chiropractic care. It is important to note that holistic therapy can consist of several different modalities; many therapists will integrate several approaches, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), psychoanalysis, or wilderness exploration.
1. Improves Overall Health
You can improve your overall health, addressing any underlying medical problems and reducing stress levels. Treating the whole person is important because it tackles issues from various angles instead of just relying on one or two approaches. You can get to the root cause of your mental health issues by addressing the recovery issues from several perspectives.
2. Prevents Relapse
Relapse is a common problem for those trying to quit an addiction or cope with anxiety or depression. Once you have fallen back into a destructive habit, it cannot be easy to regain control. It can be even worse when dealing with a relapsing psychosis like schizophrenia. It has been found that people who use holistic methods to address their overall mental health issues tend to relapse less often than those who receive treatment for their substance abuse problems. If an addict has a supportive family, they are less likely to relapse because they can draw on lessons learned in childhood and see that support is available when needed.
3. Reduces Stress Levels
Individuals who have PTSD have increased levels of the stress hormone cortisol in their bodies. This hormone is responsible for moderating several physiological and psychological functions. If you experience high levels of stress, this can have a significant impact on your mental health as well as your recovery. By reducing stress levels using holistic methods, you can restore balance and improve your overall health.
Several approaches and therapies can be used to remedy your mental health problems. The holistic approach is particularly useful and offers. It is important to remember that finding the right therapist for you can be difficult; an online therapist-matching service such as Talkspace may help you find a suitable match.