Addiction to drugs, alcohol, sex, gambling, or any other destructive behavior is usually a symptom of a deeper underlying issue. Eastern holistic addiction treatment takes a comprehensive look at the entire human being rather than treating only the symptom or behavior. From yoga to qigong, nutritional therapies to kung fu, holistic techniques have proven highly beneficial to people in recovery from all types of addictive behaviors. These alternative forms of care can help reduce tension, anxiety, depression, and insomnia, and can increase personal awareness, improving overall mental, physical, and spiritual health.
By offering a vast selection of traditional and alternative therapies, those suffering from addiction receive the most progressive form of therapy designed to suit their particular needs. This gives recovering individuals every opportunity for a successful and insightful long-term recovery.
Tai ChiTai Chi is an ancient form of spiritual exercise aimed at reducing stress levels. Tai chi is performed very slowly which makes it very easy for anyone to do regardless of age or physical limitation. Historically, Tai Chi has been utilized for hundreds of years as a way to improve balance, increase personal awareness, heal injuries and disease as well as combat degeneration of the mind and body.
Yoga – The stretching, deep breathing, and slow, controlled movements of yoga can be both relaxing and restorative. By practicing yoga regularly, people can enjoy increased flexibility, a sense of inner calm, heightened awareness, improved focus, better concentration, and more impulse control. In addition, yoga can help regulate levels of the “feel good” neurotransmitter dopamine in the brain, and can trigger the release of endorphins, producing a natural high.
“I Ching” Goals Group Therapy is a weekly group class utilizing ancient Chinese Philosophy in dealing with modern issues and problems that prevent people from reaching their goals. The “I Ching” is a classic Chinese text designed to stimulate discussion and guide individuals toward realizing their goals.
Qigong – Qigong is an ancient Chinese system of postures, breathing techniques, and meditations designed to enhance the flow of Qi in the body. Qigong has beenassociated with increased blood flow to the brain, increased oxygen metabolism, deeper and more restorative sleep, lower blood pressure, and improved immune system functioning. It has also beenshown to aid in recovery from addiction by reducing anxiety and the length and severity of withdrawal symptoms during detoxification.
Acupuncture – Developed in China many hundreds of years ago, acupuncture is part of a system of medicine that seeks to restore the flow of energy (or qi) through the insertion of tiny needles on specific points along the energy pathways of the body. According to ancient philosophy, blocked qi is the cause of disharmony and disease in the body and mind. In modern holistic addiction treatment, acupuncture is often used to reduce the discomfort of withdrawal and to help detoxify the body of drugs and alcohol.
Meditation – Meditation has been used for over 4,000 years in the Buddhist and Hindu religious traditions to quiet the mind, promote relaxation and mental clarity, relieve symptoms of depression, and produce an overall sense of hope and well-being. For many, meditation’s greatest power to heal lies in a profound spiritual awareness and connection to a higher power attained through deep breathing and quiet self-reflection.
5 Elements Group is a weekly group class that delves into the world of Chinese archetypes. This class offers the individual guidance on how to better understand and communicate their own patterns of addiction as well as indentify potentially harmful defects in their personality.
Mindfulness Training is a group class is classical Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with an Eastern Holistic point of view. During these weekly sessions, individuals learn to train the mind to distinguish between harmful and productive thoughts and behaviors.
Depth Psychotherapy is a weekly, private one-on-one session that analyzes the individual’s positive and negative qualities using principles of Jungian psycho-analysis.
Psycho-drama is a bi-weekly group class that uses techniques from interactive Brazilian Therapist Pablo Moreno to help patients discover their ability to express honest emotions in a safe and productive environment.
Sitting Through Cravings is a weekly class that serves as an outgrowth of traditional Relapse Prevention groups; however, it goes one step further. Individuals are encouraged to feel their cravings, but instead of satiating them, they sit, focus and meditate. This technique uses ancient meditation practices to teach individuals to take control of uncomfortable mind-body anxieties associated with drug/alcohol cravings.
Shamanic Healing is an ancient practice used to establish milestones and turning points in people’s lives. By utilizing ritual and manifestation, the practitioner is connected to their higher self. The goal is to realize that the past is gone and no longer of value. The future is what we manifest and the present is a perpetual state of ecstasy and rapture.
Chinese Herbology – Keep it simple. This recovery adage also applies to Chinese Herbology. Balancing mind, body and spirit calls for simplicity. Drugless substances and herbs used as dietary supplements can promote health, serenity and well-being in many patients in recovery.
Nutritional Counseling – In Chinese medicine, food is considered our daily medicine. Nutrition can significantly impact how we feel and how well our bodies function. A well-rounded diet combined with nutritional supplementation with herbs, amino acids, vitamins, and other nutrients can strengthen the immune system, improve mood, enhance the process of detoxification, and restore the body’s natural balance.
message theraphyMassage & Bodywork – Massage is an effective holistic tool for merging information from our external surroundings to our internal environment. The healing power of therapeutic touch through massage and bodywork has been well-documented. Research suggests massage helps decrease anxiety, depression, agitation, and cravings while improving body awareness, energy, relaxation, and circulation.
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. Reiki is an unobtrusive way to connect with a patient energetically. Similar to a massage, however, Reiki uses sounds, scents, and positive intention to create an environment in which the individual heals themselves.
personal fitness dragonKung fu is a highly refined system of self-improvement that instills confidence and fine tunes the body. Kung fu was fostered by peace-minded monks high in the mountains of China as a way to increase longevity and defend against oppression.
Personal Fitness Training is a one on one exercise/fitness class taught by a certified trainer. A strong, healthy mind and spirit needs to dwell in a strong and healthy body.
Private Meeting with Sifu is a one-on-one meeting with Sifu Mathew Carver where we discuss personal goals and strategies to obtain our goals. This time is also dedicated to private Martial Arts Instruction at the client’s discretion.