Substance Abuse Programs Need to Look at the Whole Person – Sound Obvious? There’s More to the Solution Than You Think

“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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