At the age of 16 I found out the hard way that I had a problem. My parents had enough. I was confronted head on by family, about my addiction to alcohol and cocaine. I foolishly thought I was hiding it well. But that mistake comes with being young, dumb, and addicted to drugs. Fortunately I had parents who cared enough to pay attention to me and who I was hanging around. My parents are also both recovering narcotic users who know the brain scrambling effects of abusing your body and mind for too many years. They did not want the same life for me.
They knew me well enough to know that a standard twelve step program would not be enough to kill the devil I was facing. They had each been in and out of several programs with only short term results. After some research they had checked themselves into an alternative drug rehab center and have since never looked back. So when it came the unfortunate time in their lives to put their only son into a treatment center, they had no hesitation about what to do. They enrolled me in a form of alternative drug rehab that focused on holistic healing. In other words, this alternative rehab focused on me as a whole, as one with the earth and the universe. Sounds hokey right? Well it worked. And it’s been working for 20 plus years.
For anyone who has tried a standard 12 step program and failed, I highly recommend checking out an alternative center for recovery. After looking into a few of my own, I’ve found many that may be suitable for all walks of life. There are centers strictly for men, women, GLBT, faith-based, and holistic. And since I’ve followed the holistic style of alternative drug rehab, please allow me to tell you a little about it and why it worked for me.
First of all they focus on your diet. They believe that improving the substances you take into the body, the stronger your mind and body become. By removing additives and empty substances from the diet, the alternative drug rehab intends to move the brain to its highest levels of functioning.
This approach also includes massage, meditation, and relaxation treatments, in order to cleanse the mind of all negative thought. We feel that taking away negative thinking and negative influences, will create a positive and substance free path to follow. Tai Chi and Yoga also play a large role in rebuilding the strength of mind and body in order for it to take care of itself and shut out any dependence on toxins.
These are just a few of the things that the holistic approach to alternative drug rehab has to offer. After completing 5 short months in the program, I saw that my life had taken an entirely new direction. I I fell in love with the new way of life and decided that I was going to train to become an alternative drug counselor and help others just like me. Holistic healing had changed my life and made a devotee out of me. I urge anyone who may have a problem to seek help. But I want to show that there are alternative treatment programs out there if a twelve step program isn’t for you.