Once a person is motivated to change, they must actually take steps to change. It seems rather obvious but wanting to change is not the same thing as completing said change. People in recovery must make some very difficult changes in the way they think, feel, and behave. In this way, they can make wiser, healthier choices. Psychological approaches are ideal for helping people to make these needed changes.
In addition to changing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, individuals embracing recovery may also need to restructure their social world. Our relationships with other people greatly determine whether addiction or relapse is likely. Thus, another psychological approach helps people evaluate whether or not their social circle is supportive of the changes they wish to make. Hence, the "psycho" portion of the Bio-Psycho-Social-Spiritual model includes some "social" elements as well. Psychotherapy may also help addicted individuals correct for human maturity and development. Therapy also treats client with co-occurring disorders, such as anxiety or depression.
Holistic approach to addiction and alcoholism can be of great assistance throughout the stages of recovery. From detoxification to reducing stress and improving mental and physical well- being, holistic approaches play a vital role in regaining personal balance.
For the recovering addict, holistic approaches should be accompanied by a professional treatment plan but can be effective well beyond the initial recovery phase.
Recent scientific studies have demonstrated dramatically improved success rates with the addition of holistic treatment approaches.
Part of a holistic approach to recovery includes being in nature. Finding a safe, serene and natural environment can refresh the soul and provide the opportunity to pursue whatever form of spirituality moves you.