Holistic Approach Folly or Fact?

What is “holistic?”

The word holistic is often used in discussing a person’s health or treatment, but many people are still uncertain exactly what it means. The word holistic comes from the Greek word holos, meaning “entire” or “all.” Rather than some far-out or weird definition, holistic treatment simply means treating the entire person.

Although each human being is unique and an individual, we share certain aspects of our humanity. For example, each of us is a physical being. We eat food, we breathe air. Although the foods we eat may differ – as well as the quality of the air we breathe – we each share that trait. Each of us is also an emotional being. We experience happiness, sadness, joy, laughter, and disappointment. Again, those experiences vary in quantity and intensity from person to person, but they still exist.

What Is Holistic Medicine?

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A holistic approach to health simply means that a person works to maintain a good working balance between mind, body and soul. Although each of us at one time or another suffers from an imbalance that affects us, nature’s way is to seek balance in a quick and appropriate way. Holistic drug treatment is designed to help achieve that balance.

Is holistic treatment effective?

Over the last several decades, hundreds of studies have proven the effectiveness of the various parts of holistic treatment. Because of their effectiveness, attending to the total needs of clients has become standard practice among addiction treatment professionals. Our facility at Transformations Treatment Center, with its emphasis on holistic treatment, takes accepted effective practices and combines them so that the results are amplified.

Our professionally-trained staff coordinates with one another so that each client has a course of treatment designed specifically to ensure the highest possible results. We have helped hundreds of clients recover the lives that they were meant to have. Scientifically and practically, our treatment methods have proven themselves time and again.

  • Holistic medicine attempts to treat both the mind and the body.
  • We need to take a more holistic approach to improving our schools.
  • In a world of specialization, we have been trained to think of medicine as a separate world—when we are sick, we go to doctors and follow their advice. This is starting to change, with the increasing popularity of alternative and holistic approaches to overall health and well-being. — Gareth Cook, Boston Globe, 9 June 2002

However, for some conditions medical cures have proven more harmful than the disease. In addition, many chronic conditions do not respond to scientific medical treatments. In looking for other options, people are turning back to the holistic approach to health and healing. The Holistic Health lifestyle is regaining popularity each year, as the holistic principles offer practical options to meet the growing desire for enjoying a high level of vitality and well-being. — The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Body-Mind Disciplines

Transformations has gone above protocol standards by offering each client one individual therapy session per week. In therapy, a client will work one-on-one with a licensed substance abuse rehabilitation therapist and uncover the various factors that caused the person to turn to drugs and alcohol. Because it is common for an addict or alcoholic to have suffered some form of past trauma, therapy is a very important part of the healing process and gives the client a better understanding of how addiction and alcoholism happens.

Confused with the different meanings of holistic, holistic health and holistic medicine? The following articles are presented by American Holistic Health Association


Comparing Holistic and Conventional Medicine
by Robert S. Ivker, D.O. (2002)Principles of Holistic Medicineby American Holistic Medical AssociationWholistic Integrative Care

by Daniel J. Benor, M.D. (2012)