Patients recovering from chemical dependency require a comprehensive level of care. This includes treatment beyond the immediate symptoms of addiction and a plan to address the patient’s quality of life that has suffered as a result of drug and/or alcohol abuse. Often these type of holistic treatment programs include elements that are not found in more traditional substance abuse programs, such as meditation, nutrition, massage, and more high-tech therapies like eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) and light-sound neurotherapy (LSN). The precise components will often vary in accordance with the needs of the patient. For instance, those with traumatic histories may benefit from EMDR, whereas other patients will not find this technique as relevant to their struggles.
In the past, this type of holistic approach to treatment has been derided by critics as “unscientific” or overly “spiritual” in nature. However, recent studies in the field have proven that a number of the techniques associated with holistic substance abuse treatment produce a significant, measurable, positive impact on long-term substance abuse and mental illness recovery. In addition, in recent studies that rely on self-reporting from individuals post-treatment, recovering substance abusers themselves often cite the importance of spiritual renewal to their own paths to recovery. The data in this area demonstrates that this sense of spiritual renewal is particularly important in avoiding relapse after treatment is completed.
Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches\' holistic treatment programs offer the guidance and support to help restore patients\' physical, emotional and spiritual health. We believe that a patient who is ill-equipped to deal with the world around them is considerably more vulnerable to relapse, which is why we work to rebuild patients as individuals and focus on the mind, body and spirit. This holistic approach strengthens them mentally and physically so that they can resist the temptation of relapse and build a fulfilling and meaningful drug-free life.