Naturopathic Medicine: Treating Addictions and Promoting Recovery

Led by a pioneering naturopathic physician, Journey is among a select group of addiction treatment centers that fully integrates complementary holistic therapies into its treatment program.

Naturopathy—the word itself sounds like a combination of nature and pathology. Pathology means disease, and naturopathic medicine uses nature (or natural methods and substances) to heal disease. That may sound a little vague and general, but that’s partly because naturopathy is a wide-ranging field.

Some traditional medical doctors specialize in naturopathy. These practitioners are “regular” doctors and can use all the traditional tools of the medical profession, such as prescription medications, inpatient hospitals or rehabs, MRIs or X-rays, and so on, as well as natural remedies and techniques. At Journey, our program is led by this type of naturopathic physician, who draws upon both conventional and nonconventional approaches. Speak Confidentially with a Journey Advisor at 844-878-1979.

Holistic Recovery

Naturopathic physicians view disease not as a specific thing to be gotten rid of or killed (e.g., a bacteria or virus), but rather a lack of balance and flow. Naturopathic practitioners explore a person’s overall lifestyle and take a holistic approach to the problems at hand, rather than a “find it and fix it” approach. Naturopathic medicine borrows approaches from a number of specialties, including herbal medicine, nutrition, homeopathy, energy medicine, acupuncture and massage, and may use a combination of therapies or techniques to address a condition. The basic principles of naturopathic medicine include:

  • A belief in the healing power of nature
  • A commitment to find and address the underlying causes of any set of symptoms
  • A commitment to do no harm
  • Use of the practitioner as an educator, helping to promote a healthy approach to life
  • A commitment to a holistic perspective, looking at the physical, mental, emotional and possibly spiritual components of a disease process and attempting to address all of them
  • A focus on promotion of health and prevention of problems before they occur

A Naturopathic Approach to Addiction Recovery

At all the different stages of recovery, from detoxification to aftercare, naturopathic medicine can supplement medical and psychotherapeutic treatment. For example, during detox and withdrawal, many people experience insomnia and discomfort. In addition to the medications that you may need, a naturopathic practitioner may also suggest acupuncture or nutrition therapy.

As you progress in your recovery, a naturopathic physician makes other recommendations (for example, a particular aerobic exercise regime plus herbs). And finally, your practitioner would help craft a holistic relapse prevention program that might include a wide range of elements—supplements, stress management techniques, a nutrition plan, exercise and so on. Speak Confidentially with a Journey Advisor at 844-878-1979.

Addressing the whole person and incorporating prevention into the treatment—these are the core tenets of a naturopathic approach.