like your spouse as much as you love him

like your spouse as much as you love him

Overcoming Addiction Holistically: Ideas For You

Lieve Boekholt

When you come to the realization and the understanding that you are dealing with and suffering from an addiction, you may find yourself wondering how you will be able to successfully overcome your addiction. After all, you know that many people struggle to get and stay sober and that relapse is a very real possibility even after treatment. If you are a proponent of holistic medical treatment and healing, you may wonder what your holistic treatment options are for overcoming your addiction. Luckily many addiction treatment and recovery centers offer holistic treatment options. Get to know some of these options so that you can choose the right treatment program for you.

Acupuncture Treatments

Acupuncture is one of the oldest alternative medicine treatments still in practice today. This treatment stems from ancient Chinese medicine and has been in practice for over a thousand years.

The basic idea behind acupuncture is that mental and physical health issues in the body stem from a disruption in the flow of energy throughout the body. According to acupuncture, the body and mind function based on energies that flow from one area of the body to others in an intricate system much like the flow of information through the nervous system or the blood through the veins in the body.

If energy is blocked, an acupuncturist will insert tiny needles into specific energy points in the body to stimulate that energy flow. For addiction treatment, many of the points addressed are in or around the ear and head. The different areas of the ear correlate to different body systems like the liver, kidneys, and other digestive organs. Facial acupuncture points can also help to alleviate stress and promote relaxation which can help in the recovery process.

Equine Therapy

Equine therapy is a unique form of addiction treatment that involves interactions between a recovering addict and a horse. These sessions are overseen by a therapist who will guide and supervise these interactions.

Horses are animals that are known to be particularly perceptive of the emotional state and the intentions of creatures around them. They are highly emotional and intuitive creatures. As such, working with horses can help an addict to develop emotional awareness as they go through recovery.

It can be very difficult when a person is dealing with drug cravings and withdrawals to recognize what they are feeling and what they are putting out to the world. Seeing the way that a horse reacts as they approach and complete tasks with them like brushing, feeding, and horseshoe cleaning can help to identify and adjust those emotions. These interactions can also help a recovering addict to learn to develop emotionally honest relationships which is another challenge to people suffering from addiction.

Now that you have a few ideas of ways to treat addiction more holistically, you can choose a recovery center that offers the type of treatments that you want and need to successfully overcome your addiction. For more information about addiction treatment, check out websites like


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like your spouse as much as you love him

I knew that I loved my husband, but I was having a very difficult time liking him most days. My husband acted much like an overgrown teenager expecting me to do everything for him. He couldn't be bothered to put his trash in the trash can, or put his dirty laundry in the hamper or even carry his dirty dishes to the sink so that I could wash them. After about 18 years of this behavior, I finally had to find someone to go to for help. We started seeing a counselor to try to find a way for me to like him again. It has helped some. My blog will show you a few ways that counseling can help you like your spouse as much as you love him or her.