July 10, 2017

12 Step vs. Holistic Treatment

What is a Holistic Treatment Program?

Holistic – Characterized by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental, and social factors, rather than just the physical symptoms of a disease.

During holistic rehab those being treated may use techniques such as:

  • Nutritional Therapy
  • Yoga and meditation
  • Fitness programs
  • Herbal medicines
  • Massages

Holistic treatment is not only used for recovery while you are in treatment, it also is effective at reducing stress as well as improving your overall mood and lookout on life and physical health. This is one of the reasons why holistic treatment is a popular way of maintaining a healthy and clean life long after your time in rehab has completed, all of these techniques can be integrated into a daily routine.

Holistic treatment can be looked at as a “natural cure”, part of the holistic approach to recovery is being in nature, where you can be in a safe environment to refresh the mind.


What is a 12 Step program?

12 Step – Set of principles, spiritual in nature, when practiced as a way of life, can expel the obsession to drink and enable the sufferer to become happily and usefully whole.”

Although AA and the 12 step program take a spiritual approach to treatment, you do not have to be religious to be a part of the program.

The 12 Steps were created by the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous to establish guidelines for the best way to overcome an addiction to alcohol. The program gained enough success in its early years for other addiction support groups to adapt the steps to their own needs.

Those following the 12 Step program will do so as part of an AA group where they will attend regular meetings and discuss their own personal struggles with alcohol as well as listen to others’ stories in the group. In this way the 12 Step program is more interactive than holistic treatment.

A 12 Step program relies on the following beliefs:

  • Addiction is a disease.
  • Addicts require the support of other recovering addicts.
  • Reliance on a “power greater than one’s self” is fundamental.
  • Abstaining from the addictive behavior is the basis of recovery.
  • Recovery is a lifelong process.
  • Supporting others in recovery is necessary for lasting commitment and stability.
  • Accepting the limitations of being human is essential.


Holistic treatment is focused around the individual and their use of natural remedies to improve all aspects of the person’s life while the 12 Step program revolves around a set of principles and involves a community of addicts all helping each other to achieve recovery.

Both the 12 Step program and holistic treatment are effective ways of achieving a healthy, addiction free lifestyle, they are just two separate approaches designed to produce the same result, lifelong recovery.

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction and wants to get help but doesn’t know where to start, call us at (877) 212-8299  and we will guide you through the entire process and find the right treatment facility for you.

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