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Holistic Therapy in New Orleans

Treatment methods for addiction have been based on a traditional set of therapies. In recent years, holistic therapy has emerged as a desired addition to the traditional treatment plans of the past. As mental health discoveries emerge and more study is done on addiction treatments, the mind/body experience has emerged as a proven factor in success with the treatment of addiction. Individual needs are considered when holistic therapy is added to a client’s recovery plan. At Imagine Recovery, we offer options for combing traditional treatment methods with holistic therapy in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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What is Holistic Therapy?

Treating a person as a whole is the basis for our holistic therapy program. Holistic therapies are based on the determination that nutrition, exercise, sleep habits, chronic physical illness or injury, and mental health need to be addressed in treatment. Research has shown that one in four people seeking treatment chooses to include at least one holistic therapy in their treatment plan. The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) states that “no single treatment is appropriate for everyone.”

With the emergence of holistic therapies, more people are finding the bigger picture in treatment by including these important therapies in their choice of treatment plan.

Why Take the Holistic Approach?

Incorporating addiction treatment with our holistic therapy in New Orleans allows clients to develop positive coping skills to replace the negative drug usage of the past. Forming new problem-solving skills and constructive tools for focus and positivity can be found through the holistic methodology. Exercise has been proven to reduce anxiety and depression after completing detox. Therapeutic exercise, learning Tai Chi, Qigong, and yoga are also effective in eliminating those symptoms.

Participation in holistic therapy will enable each person to stretch their mind and body in new ways. These therapies add to a client’s positive experiences during treatment and afterward. In addition, they encourage the development of new strengths while discovering new ways to find happiness and fulfillment. Reaching out in new ways can open new avenues for building healthy relationships as well.

Examples of Our New Orleans Holistic Therapy

By calming the self and becoming aware of the present moment, holistic therapy teaches us to leave judgments by the wayside. In addition, it promotes focusing on the moment instead of dwelling on the past. These tools teach relaxation, reduce anxiety, and prevent the desire to use drugs to alleviate stressors.


Mindfulness is the ability to be fully aware of what is happening in the present moment. Training in mindfulness helps to understand what thoughts are in your mind, what action is initiating the thoughts, and how to react to the present action. Holistic therapy in New Orleans uses mindfulness practice to develop the ability to become aware. Practicing mindfulness retrains us how to react to situations.

Art/Music Therapy

Creativity through this type of holistic therapy releases dopamine in the brain. This release of dopamine can aid in dealing with negative thoughts and emotions. Relaxation is improved with a sense of accomplishment in creating art. Listening to music can enhance the entire experience.


Role-playing situations that were traumatic or negative in the past can help to gain insight into a group setting by using psychodrama therapy. A combination of theater and therapy, this process helps to gain insight into behavior, reactions to trauma and stressors, and understand how you feel.

The goal of psychodrama is to replace negative coping behaviors with positive coping mechanisms. Holistic therapy offers a diverse combination of options to add to the basic treatment plan.

Benefits of Holistic Therapy in New Orleans

A benefit of holistic therapy is that it can be continued after treatment ends. For instance, clients can take classes or create on their own for art therapy after treatment. Pet therapy can also continue by caring for a new pet or working at a nearby stable with horses.

Additional benefits of holistic therapy include the following:

  • Managing stress and triggers
  • Building healthy relationships with others who share the same interests
  • Coping skills that clients can use in daily life
  • Building self-esteem by learning and improving skills
  • Improve physical and mental health

Overall, maintaining sobriety is much easier when a client learns new ways to manage stress and find focus. In other words, holistic therapy can replace unhealthy coping mechanisms, like addiction, with healthy coping skills. These new skills can help to give clients focus, meaning, and purpose in recovery.

Begin Holistic Therapy in New Orleans, LA

Contact Imagine Recovery for a consultation to learn about our New Orleans-based holistic therapy. Our experienced professionals can answer your questions regarding your own personal treatment plan for addiction recovery. Holistic therapies have proven success rates for addiction recovery and are continually evolving. We encourage you to press forward on your decision to successfully recover from substance misuse and other mental health conditions. Visit our admissions page today to start your recovery.



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  • To the wonderful people of Imagine,

    Someone wise once told me that we should live our lives in a way that, when we pass, the most important words spoken about you will be “They made a difference.

    In the game of addiction, hope is hard to come by, the pain swallows people whole and the wounds can turn into an unimaginable cancer. If one can muster up enough strength and conviction, recovery is possible. But still, the process has to include the contrasting element to addiction, connection.

    At Imagine, Felicia, you’ve devoted your life to be a healer. You have provided the pace for connection – that is a crucial element in having a chance at conquering addiction. The wonderful staff are all as equally important as you are. Thank you all for your compassion. It is a breath of fresh air!

    I know I speak on behalf of many people when I say… Imagine is making a difference in this world!

    Thank you.

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  • I was sitting outside, enjoying the breeze, watching the trees sway and admiring the beautiful colors. For me, that is a stillness I was once uncomfortable being in. I must admit, I did not think I needed IOP at Imagine after completing a 30-day inpatient program. In fact, I felt I knew all the cliché sayings, read the material, had it thrown at me from every direction, and I would not gain anything from attending IOP post-inpatient treatment. Oh how wrong I was! While attending group meetings and one-on-ones, I gained so much insight, compassion and confidence. I learned to fully forgive, both myself and others. I am more patient when I used to be reactionary. The shell of a person I once considered myself is now humbly strong. And guess what – I like me. I could not have made these leaps without the guidance and suggestions I received at Imagine. I am beyond grateful to have y’all as part of my journey. Thank you so much for everything you do and everything you’ve allowed me to gain through your program. 

    Much Love Ladies 🙂


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