Truly Holistic Approach to Drug Addiction Treatment
To fully recover from drug addiction means so much more than the absence of drugs in a person’s life – true recovery means better health, the ability to find and give love and to live with peace and, even joy.
At Sabino Recovery we believe that full recovery can only happen when we help our residents attend to every aspect of what it means to be human – body, mind, and spirit – a “whole being” approach. Our program is specifically designed to help individuals find their inner strength and purpose and reconnect with their bodies and their health so they no longer have to depend on alcohol or drugs to function. And importantly, we work with each individual to literally rewire the brain, resulting in new and healthy neural pathways which retrains the brain and allows for lasting recovery.
“Whole Being” Program
In addition to the clinical and psychotherapeutic modalities that we offer, our holistic addiction treatment program includes a general lifestyle reboot. This includes:
- Wholefoods philosophy
- Health assessment that utilizes lab testing with naturopathic interpretation
- Sleep study if an individual continues to struggle with sleep after the acute withdrawal phase
- Tools to address the underlying issues that contributed to substance use
- Treatments such as massage and acupuncture that balance the nervous system
- Opportunities for daily exercise
- Connection and fun with others
Sabino Recovery utilizes both naturopathic medicine and allopathic, or Western medicine. Our medical director is a naturopath and the use of nutraceuticals is promoted. Using nutraceuticals assists residents in healing without the use of pharmaceutical drugs. In addition, we also employ allopathic providers of psychiatric and psychological services. The two medicinal philosophies are not in conflict; but rather, work closely together to provide residents the maximum benefits of medical care.
Naturopathic medicine has a lot to offer a person that is recovering from a recent addition. Intrinsically, naturopathic medicine isn’t a one size fits all model. Therefore, it is customized to what the individual needs. For instance, a person’s predominant struggle may be with anxiety, insomnia or low energy. Another person may have all of these issues. The naturopathic physician’s toolbox is comprised of specialized testing, herbal treatments, amino acid supplementation, vitamin support, and homeopathic remedies.
A person that is being tapered off of benzodiazepines may benefit from the supplementation of nutraceuticals that support the levels of GABA. A drug like Xanax stimulates the attachment of the neurotransmitter GABA to a GABA receptor. This is what is responsible for the anti-anxiety effect. The medication only works while it is being taken and is highly addictive. Once discontinued after regular use, people can experience anxiety like a tidal wave. Nutraceuticals that may assist with this include Valerian, Kava Kava, and the amino acid GABA.
Someone that has been using alcohol may benefit from extra liver support. The extent to which someone was using alcohol would determine the degree to which the liver’s functioning is compromised. Often, people will have elevated liver enzymes that reflect damage of liver cells. Cirrhosis of the liver is a result of severe damage. Herbs like Milk Thistle, Burdock, and Dandelion Root enhance liver function and can help with the repair of liver damage. Nutraceuticals like choline and N-Acetyl cysteine are helpful too.
People that have been using opiates may feel blunted after the discontinued use of these drugs. Mood support may include 5 Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP). This is an amino acid that is a precursor to the neurotransmitter Serotonin. The neurotransmitter Dopamine is involved in the brain’s reward pathways. Dopamine levels may be supported by the addition of DL-Phenylalanine. Another way to induce the body’s own production of these neurotransmitters is via exercise and play.
Integrative therapies are not adjunct treatment at Sabino Recovery; each is a critical part of the clinical program. Both the quantity and variety of integrative offerings allow for more individualization of the treatment plan as well as additional support for resident healing.
Some examples of our Integrative offerings are:
- Equine Therapy
- Time with Horses and Horse care
- Somatic Experiencing®
- Outdoor and Adventure Therapy
- Art Therapy
- Music Therapy
Healthy, Delicious Food
What we feed our body, feeds our soul. When we enter the world one of the first truths that we experience is the nourishment and comfort of food. It is also one of the first ways in which we experience being cared for and loved by another. With that in mind, Chef Tommy creates healthy, satisfying comfort food from scratch using only fresh ingredients. He and his team take pride in the important part they play in each resident’s recovery.
In recovery, nutrition is important. Those suffering from the effects of trauma and addiction often suffer from poor nutrition by either not eating enough throughout the day or by eating foods that are nutrient poor. Unhealthy eating can exacerbate the symptoms of depression, anxiety, and healthy sleep, all of which can also put one at risk of continued substance abuse.
Along with our loving, kind, staff who work as a team to customize your treatment plan, you will experience the healing desert. We are situated on 100 acres of breath-taking beauty in Tucson Arizona at the base of the Catalina Mountains. The desert landscape is relaxing, peaceful and calming to the spirit. The skies are magnificent and we have sunshine 225 days a year. If you have been working hard trying to control your addiction or keep your trauma at bay this is a safe place to stop the pain and work on your issues. As you walk along the desert path to the horse corral in the morning for horse care or participate in our Equine therapy program you begin to dream of a cleaner, simpler better life, for you and your loved ones. With the experts who will work on your treatment plan, we will find the resources to make a new life a possibility.