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Holistic Approach to Addiction

Steps Recovery Center recognizes how vital the mind, body, and spirit are in their connection to the whole person. We take a holistic approach to addiction that includes treating the whole person, and find that it tends to be more successful, especially since addiction affects every aspect of a person’s life. With a customized and individualized program, a holistic approach just makes sense. It affords an opportunity to meet the patient’s physical and psychological needs and allows them to engage physically, emotionally, and mentally.

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Common Holistic Methods

Holistic therapy involves many methods in which to help an addict recover from substance abuse.

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An ancient Hindu physical, mental, and spiritual discipline, yoga attempts to integrate the mind and body to fashion a harmonious whole. It includes breath control, simple meditation, and the implementation of specific bodily postures for well-being and relaxation. Benefits of yoga include:
  • Decreased stress levels
  • Increased physical
  • strength, flexibility, and endurance
  • Improved self-awareness and mind-body integration
  • Strengthened immunity
  • Better able to manage emotions
  • Enhanced ability to live in the moment
    Better restful sleep
The great thing about Yoga is daily practice can help the recovered addict to cope with challenging situations and stress.


Another ancient practice used for thousands of years, beginning with the Hindus, meditation helps people find calm, clarity and increased concentration. Research shows how powerful mindful meditation can be to improve various mental health disorders, along with giving relief to those suffering from addiction withdrawal. Being aware and present allows your mind and body to rest and relax, focusing on deep breathing and releasing tension.

Benefits of Meditation include:
  • Decreased anxiety
  • Increased emotional stability
  • Reduced blood pressure levels
  • Improved mind-body connection
  • Increased serotonin production
  • Returned sense of energy
  • Improved ability to deal with stress
  • Enhanced cognitive function
As you learn mindfulness through meditation practice, you increase the skills of developing the confidence of your own body’s natural healing ability.

Physical Fitness

After rehab, it’s important to establish a daily exercise routine to help build up your body and increase your immunity. Your cardiovascular, muscular, and skeletal systems can benefit from exercise and instill a sense of well-being. There are many other benefits to daily exercises, such as:
  • A healthy alternative to substance abuse for coping mechanisms
  • Better sleep
  • Reduced anxiety and depression
  • Improved strength
  • Increased self-worth and esteem
  • Decreased tension
All of these benefits are great for someone going through the process of rehab since recovery can take a toll on your body.

Using Holistic Methods for Substance Abuse Treatment

Some holistic approaches we use for alcoholism include the 12-step program that utilizes spiritual principles that even non-religious people find immensely helpful in their recovery. Other holistic methods we incorporate include health, wellness, nutrition, medicine, daily mediation, mindfulness, and education groups.

These holistic techniques support addiction treatment in several ways:
  • Reduced physical symptoms of addiction and withdrawal, such as anxiety or muscle aches and pains
  • Better emotional balance
  • More spiritual grounding
  • Healthier eating habits, resulting in a neurochemical balance
  • Less environmental toxins or contaminants
  • Stop the addiction earlier
  • Cope with triggers through visualization, thought disruption, and relaxation
  • Find alternatives to drug abuse
According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), 34 percent of adults in the U.S. use some form of complementary and alternative therapy (CAM).

Holistic Technique Effectiveness

A study conducted in 2017 by the National Health Interview Survey (NIHS) and released at the end of 2018 stated a significant increase in American adults and children using yoga and meditation. Here are the results:
  • 14.3 percent of U.S. adults use yoga, as compared to 9.5 percent in 2012
  • 14.2 percent of U.S. adults use meditation (4.1 percent in 2012)
  • 8.4 percent of U.S. children practice yoga (3.1 percent in 2012)
  • 5.4 percent of U.S. children practice meditation (0.6 percent in 2012)
Although there is not a lot of research into this field of addiction treatment, the upward trend suggests it works, and therefore more addiction centers are implementing it in their protocol.

The Joint Commission National Quality Association certifies Steps Recovery Centers, and we believe that you and your loved ones deserve the right care at a price that you can afford, so please contact us today for assistance.
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Joy Downen

10 weeks ago

This place is so wonderful and all of the staff care so very much! They are very professional and they know what they are doing. Absolutely amazing facility and staff!!!
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Nathan Frame

28 weeks ago

Steps Recovery is the place you go if you want a caring and understanding program. They have helped me gain knowledge about myself and what I want/need to do. The staff there can relate and help you through core issues and they push you to do better because being in this program you know you can do big and amazing things. Also the therapists there are awesome and walk with you through struggles of life and give you the tools you truly need. Overall this place is an amazing opportunity and you’d be missing out on a lot if you chose to not at least try this program.
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Shaylesa Stulce

46 weeks ago

Steps Recovery in St. George has been amazing! I’m so excited to use the tools that I’ve learned here! The staff is amazing, and very understanding! I would recommend them to anyone struggling with addiction!
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Adam Kelly

47 weeks ago

What I liked most about my time at Steps is the atmosphere that was presented during my whole stay. I have done a lot of treatment centers and this one is by far the one I have felt I gained the most from. I would highly recommend Steps to anybody struggling with addiction!
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Gary Hanson

47 weeks ago

Steps saved our daughter’s life as well as her kids!
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Natalie Painter

Jan 1, 2019

The staff and facility is amazing- Couldn’t ask for anything better. The program is well rounded with rec activities, equine therapy, gender therapy, group therapy, individual and couples therapy, and also attends various 12 Step support groups such as AA or NA. They also have family therapy and processing with options for individual settings or in a group. These help families understand what their loved ones who suffer from addiction is going through and how to support them, and also gives them their own support system.
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Nov 13, 2018

This place saved my life! The therapists were very helpful, friendly and really cared about the clients wellbeing. The tech’s were alway helpful with meds and anything that was needed. House manager was amazing, had high expectations on job duties, and kept a very clean organized atmosphere. Food was always amazing. I never went hungry! The information and skills that I have learned and applied to my life are priceless. If you’re not willing to put forth the work to change your life this is not your place, but if you are this is the first Step to take. I Love everyone at Steps. Thank you for all your help
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Matthew Cromar

Aug 10, 2018

I’d been to other recovery centers before but this one was the best, it stuck because I was willing to do the work, and with the help I received from staff I am now celebrating a year of sobriety in a couple of days. Update; I’m now 18 months sober as of yesterday and I still keep in touch with my steps family. The lessons I learned at steps will stick with me for the rest of my life. Thank you for giving me my life back.
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