Doc Talk – What is Holistic Medicine?
Promises Austin, set in a lush landscape near Austin, Texas, is unlike many other drug and alcohol treatment centers. “It offers a recovery fitness program featuring CrossFit,” Dr. Powers notes, “that is designed specifically to enhance patients’ recovery.” Other amenities available at the luxury rehab center include spa services (such as massages), a culinary program that includes gourmet meals and cooking classes, spiritual guidance, expressive art therapy, yoga, and acupuncture. There is a concierge to help guests arrange group activities that suit their interests and help them find their passions. Each of these offerings is created especially for people undergoing addiction treatment and aimed at helping to boost every element of their physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
“Promises Austin also offers a unique family program,” explains Dr. Powers. The Family Weekend is a monthly three-day event during which patients’ families join the journey to recovery. “Addiction is not a spectator sport,” Dr. Powers says. “When a loved one has an alcohol or drug addiction, we all have it.” The supportive and educational program helps families strengthen or re-form the bonds that may have weakened while the patient was using.
A helpful component to a recovery program is the spiritual component, “no matter what higher power you believe in, or if your idea of spirituality is self-awareness and growth,” according to Dr. Powers. Promises Austin provides a spiritual counselor who can help reinforce patients’ physical and emotional healing with spiritual healing and guidance. Supporting and renewing one’s spirituality is an essential part of recovery.
In addition to these holistic approaches to alcoholism counseling, Promises Austin offers medically supervised inpatient detoxification, Suboxone® detoxification, and aftercare that meet the same high standards as the residential care provided at Promises Austin.