“The part can never be well unless the whole is well.”
These words from the ancient philosopher Plato capture what the foundation of substance abuse treatment and recovery should be — holistic.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) recently published a guide based on research that provides the 13 principles of effective drug addiction treatment. One of the principles placed an emphasis on treatment that is holistic:
Drug and alcohol treatment that is effective addresses not just the addiction alone; it must address the medical, psychological, social, vocational, and legal issues as well. Treatment must be holistic in nature.
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