Holistic Therapy for Addiction

Experience the transformative power of holistic therapy for addiction at Otter House Wellness. Our holistic approach addresses the underlying factors contributing to substance use disorders (SUDs), promoting healing of the mind, body, and spirit. 

Through personalized and comprehensive treatment plans, we empower you to embark on a journey toward lasting recovery.

Read on to discover the path to holistic medicine and explore the benefits of our integrative therapies for addiction treatment. 

About Holistic Therapy for Addiction

Holistic therapy for addiction focuses on treating the whole person, addressing not only the addiction itself but also the underlying factors that contribute to substance abuse. 

At Otter House Wellness, we recognize that addiction impacts every aspect of your life — emotional, social, physical, spiritual, and intellectual. 

Holistic therapies, therefore, offer a multifaceted approach to recovery, helping you heal and grow in all areas of your life that have been affected by addiction.

Here’s how holistic therapies can address each aspect of your well-being:

  • Emotional: Holistic therapies such as mindfulness meditation, yoga, and art therapy help you manage stress, regulate emotions, and develop healthy coping mechanisms.
  • Social: Group therapy and experiential activities foster connection, support, and interpersonal skills development, helping you rebuild social relationships and support networks.
  • Physical: Fitness programs, nutrition counseling, and acupuncture promote physical wellness, restoring balance to the body and improving overall health.
  • Spiritual: Practices like mindfulness, meditation, and nature therapy encourage self-reflection, inner peace, and a sense of purpose, nurturing the spiritual dimension of recovery.
  • Intellectual: Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), educational workshops, and brain training exercises enhance cognitive function, problem-solving skills, and personal growth.

By integrating holistic therapies into our addiction treatment programs, we empower you to achieve comprehensive healing and sustainable recovery. 

We understand just how difficult it can be to see past your addiction. Yet, we also know that providing compassionate, individualized, and whole-person addiction care can help you achieve lasting recovery and take your life back. 

If you or a loved one have been struggling with substance use disorder and are ready to get help, we’re ready to help you every step of the way. 

Key Facts on Holistic Addiction Therapy

  • Comprehensive approach: addresses the entire individual – mind, body, and spirit – recognizing the interconnectedness of various aspects of well-being.
  • Personalized care: emphasizes personalized, non-medical approaches tailored to the individual’s unique needs, preferences, and goals.
  • Effectiveness: contributes to improved treatment outcomes and long-term recovery.
  • Fosters self-discovery: encourages self-reflection, self-awareness, and self-empowerment to uncover deeper layers of healing and recovery.
  • Enhances overall well-being: promotes physical fitness, nutritional balance, emotional resilience, social connection, spiritual growth, and cognitive function.
  • Long-term sustainability: addresses the root causes of addiction, promoting sustained recovery beyond the treatment period.
  • Integration with traditional approaches: complements traditional addiction treatment modalities, offering a comprehensive and integrated approach to recovery.

How Does Holistic Therapy Work in Addiction Treatment?

In addiction treatment, holistic therapy works to address you as a whole person, understanding that addiction affects you beyond your physical dependencies. 

Here are the benefits of holistic therapy in addiction treatment:

  • Addressing root causes of substance abuse: Underlying factors contributing to addiction, like past traumas, unresolved emotions, environmental stressors, and spiritual disconnection, can be uncovered. This helps you achieve deeper healing that can lead to sustainable recovery.
  • Comprehensive assessment: Holistic therapists conduct thorough assessments to understand your physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and intellectual needs and well-being. 
  • Personalized treatment plans: Based on the assessment, holistic therapists develop personalized treatment plans that integrate a variety of therapeutic modalities suited to your needs. These may include mindfulness practices, yoga, meditation, art therapy, music therapy, nutrition counseling, acupuncture, and more.
  • Promoting balance and harmony: Alternative medicine aims to restore balance and harmony to all aspects of your life. You can learn coping strategies, stress management techniques, and self-care practices that promote overall well-being and reduce the likelihood of relapse.
  • Mind-body-spirit connection: Holistic therapy recognizes the interconnectedness of the mind, body, and spirit. Therapeutic activities are designed to strengthen this connection, fostering inner peace, self-awareness, and spiritual growth.
  • Empowerment and self-discovery: Holistic treatment empowers you to take an active role in your healing process. Through self-reflection, self-expression, and experiential learning, you gain insights into yourself, develop a deeper understanding of your triggers and patterns, and cultivate a sense of empowerment and self-efficacy.
  • Integration with traditional addiction treatment: While holistic therapy offers non-medical and complementary healthcare, it can seamlessly integrate with traditional modalities such as medication-assisted treatment (MAT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and group therapy.

Types of Holistic Therapy for Addiction

When crafting your treatment plan, your healthcare provider may recommend different forms of therapy to help you in your recovery journey. 

There are several holistic interventions that can compliment your treatment plan. Some include:

Art Therapy

Art therapy uses creative expression as a therapeutic tool, allowing you to explore and process emotions, trauma, and subconscious thoughts in a non-verbal manner. 

Through painting, drawing, sculpting, and other artistic activities, you can externalize your inner experiences, gain insight into your struggles, and develop healthier coping mechanisms.  

Art therapy is particularly beneficial if you’re struggling with trauma-related disorders, substance use disorders, anxiety, depression, or co-occurring mental health conditions.

Animal Assisted Therapy

Animal-assisted therapy involves interactions with trained animals, such as dogs or horses, to promote emotional healing, social engagement, and relaxation. 

The presence of animals can reduce anxiety, lower blood pressure, and increase feelings of comfort and connection. 

In addiction treatment, animal-assisted therapy fosters empathy, trust, and emotional regulation, which are essential for recovery. 

This approach can be particularly helpful for people with co-occurring mental health disorders, trauma histories, or difficulties in forming healthy relationships.

Equine Therapy

Equine therapy introduces you to horses under the guidance of trained therapists to address emotional, behavioral, and relational issues. 

Working with horses can help you develop trust, assertiveness, and communication skills while fostering a sense of responsibility and empathy. 

In addiction treatment, equine therapy provides opportunities for self-reflection, emotional expression, and relationship building and is useful at boosting a low self-esteem.


Acupuncture, an ancient Chinese healing practice, inserts thin needles into specific points on the body to alleviate pain, reduce stress, and restore balance to the body’s energy pathways. 

This practice can alleviate withdrawal symptoms, cravings, and stress-related symptoms, supporting long-term recovery and overall well-being. 

This modality is particularly useful in treating substance use disorders, chronic pain, anxiety, and insomnia.

Yoga Therapy

Yoga therapy combines physical postures, breathing exercises, meditation, and mindfulness techniques to promote holistic healing and self-awareness.

Through regular practice, you can reduce stress, increase body awareness, and cultivate inner peace and resilience. 

When used in addiction treatment, yoga therapy offers a somatic (or body-based) approach to addressing physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of recovery. It can help you manage cravings, regulate emotions, and develop healthy coping strategies. 

This practice is useful for people of all fitness levels and can benefit those struggling with substance use disorders, trauma, anxiety, depression, and chronic pain.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi is a gentle martial art characterized by slow, flowing movements and deep breathing exercises. 

It promotes relaxation, balance, and mindfulness while enhancing physical strength and flexibility. 

This treatment option helps you reduce stress, improve concentration, and cultivate inner peace, supporting recovery from substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health issues. 

It can be adapted to all fitness levels, making it an inclusive practice no matter where you are in your recovery journey.


Meditation uses focus and attention to promote mindfulness, awareness, and inner peace. Through mindfulness meditation, you can learn to observe your thoughts, emotions, and sensations without judgment, fostering self-awareness and acceptance. 

This modality offers a powerful tool for managing substance cravings, reducing stress, and promoting emotional resilience, and is suitable for all ages and backgrounds.

Regular meditation practice can enhance recovery outcomes by helping you stay grounded, focused, and connected to their inner wisdom. 

Mindfulness Therapy

Mindfulness therapy integrates mindfulness practices into counseling and psychotherapy sessions to promote self-awareness, emotional regulation, and stress reduction. 

Through mindfulness-based interventions, you learn to cultivate present-moment awareness, non-reactivity, and self-compassion, which are essential for recovery. 

This holistic treatment helps you develop healthy coping strategies, navigate cravings, and address underlying emotional issues contributing to substance use. 

It fosters a compassionate attitude toward yourself and others, supporting sustainable changes and long-term sobriety, and can be used during and after addiction treatment.

Breath Work

Breathwork techniques use conscious manipulation of breathing patterns to promote relaxation, stress reduction, and emotional healing.

By focusing on breathing patterns, you can regulate your nervous system, calm the mind, and release emotional tension stored in the body. 

In addiction treatment, breathwork offers a holistic approach to addressing anxiety, cravings, and trauma-related symptoms. It helps you cultivate inner peace, self-awareness, and emotional resilience, supporting sustainable recovery. 

These practices can be easily integrated into daily life and complement other therapeutic modalities in addiction treatment programs.

Recreational Therapy

Recreational therapy incorporates enjoyable activities and outdoor outings to promote physical fitness, social engagement, and emotional well-being.

By participating in recreational activities such as hiking, sports, and art projects, you can experience joy, connection, and a sense of community and accomplishment. 

Recreational therapy is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels and can be tailored to meet diverse preferences and interests.

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy manipulates the soft tissues to promote relaxation, pain relief, and stress reduction. 

Through various massage techniques, such as Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, and aromatherapy massage, you can experience physical and emotional healing and release. 

When used for substance abuse treatment, this approach helps you release toxins stored in the body, improve circulation, and promote relaxation, supporting you on your journey to recovery.

Nutritional Counseling

Nutritional counseling focuses on educating you about healthy eating habits, balanced nutrition, and lifestyle changes to support your mental and physical health. 

By addressing nutritional deficiencies and promoting mindful eating, you can repair organ damage and support detoxification in your recovery process. 

It also helps you develop a healthy relationship with food, reduce cravings, and stabilize mood and energy levels while allowing you to be more receptive to your addiction treatment plan.  

Spiritual Therapy

Spiritual therapy is a form of talk therapy that explores and nurtures your spiritual beliefs, values, and practices. 

Through meditation, prayer, reflection, and spiritual guidance, you can deepen your sense of spirituality, find purpose and meaning in life, and connect to something greater than yourself.

Spiritual therapy can help you address existential questions, feelings of emptiness, and spiritual disconnection often associated with substance use disorders. 

With it, you can cultivate spiritual resilience, surrender to a higher power, and develop coping strategies rooted in faith, belonging, acceptance, and hope.

Music Therapy

Music therapy uses music to promote emotional expression, relaxation, and healing. By listening, creating, and engaging with music, you can process emotions, reduce stress, and enhance your mood. 

This approach can help you uncover underlying emotional issues, trauma, and cravings. It provides a creative outlet for self-expression, self-discovery, and emotional release, allowing you to feel safe and supported in exploring pains or traumas that led to addiction. 

Music therapy sessions may include listening to music, songwriting, playing instruments, and group improvisation, fostering connection and camaraderie among participants.

Elements of Holistic Therapy in Addiction Recovery Programs

Holistic therapy encompasses various elements that play important roles in addiction recovery programs. Some key elements include:

  • Mindfulness and stress reduction
  • Physical health and restoring the body’s balance and vitality 
  • Emotional healing and cultivating ways to regulate and expression emotions
  • Mental well-being and learning new strategies to navigate triggers, stress, and manage mental health conditions
  • Supportive and drug-free social support networks 
  • Fostering spiritual connection and practices to sustain it
  • Nutritional guidance you can maintain
  • Explore new activities that can turn into lasting hobbies 

How Effective Is Holistic Therapy in Drug and Alcohol Treatment?

Holistic therapy has shown to be effective in drug and alcohol treatment when integrated into comprehensive care plans that address addiction from a whole-body perspective. 

Evidence-based treatments like medication-assisted therapy and behavioral interventions form the foundation of addiction treatment. However, holistic therapies complement these approaches by addressing various aspects of your well-being.

For example, research suggests that incorporating holistic therapies such as yoga, meditation, and acupuncture alongside traditional treatments can enhance outcomes in SUD recovery. 

These modalities help you manage stress, reduce cravings, improve emotional regulation, and cultivate mindfulness, all of which are critical skills for maintaining sobriety.

Furthermore, alternative therapies promote overall wellness and help you develop healthier lifestyle habits, including nutrition, exercise, and self-care practices. 

By addressing the physical, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of addiction, holistic therapy contributes to a more holistic and sustainable recovery journey.

Cost of Holistic Addiction Therapy

The cost of holistic addiction therapy can vary depending on several factors. These may include:

  • The type of holistic specialties offered and incorporated into your plan 
  • The duration and frequency of sessions
  • Whether you’re in residential or outpatient treatment
  • The amenities provided 
  • Your insurance coverage

Residential centers may range from $12,000 to over $60,000 whereas outpatient facilities may cost $5,000 to over $10,000.  

Some insurance providers may fully or partially cover the cost of holistic therapies as part of your addiction treatment while others may require copayments or out-of-pocket expenses.

At OHW, our team works closely with you to explore insurance coverage options and financial assistance programs to minimize your out-of-pocket costs. 

We strive to make holistic therapy accessible to all individuals seeking recovery, ensuring that cost is not a barrier to receiving quality care.

Find Compassionate Holistic Addiction Care in North Carolina

Discover compassionate and comprehensive holistic addiction care at Otter House Wellness in North Carolina. 

Our outpatient programs integrate holistic health therapies to address your needs while seeking recovery from substance use disorders. 

Take the first step toward healing, and contact us today to learn more about our holistic addiction care services.


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