Holistic Addictions Therapy
Holistic Health Center is pleased to announce that we are expanding. Starting July 1st ,2019 our new base of operations will be on the property of Peace Lutheran Church, 1801 Port Malabar Blvd, Palm Bay, Fl. 32905 in a separate building behind the church. We will continue to specialize in Alternative Cancer Solutions, supply nutritional consulting, supplements, and testing. In addition Holistic Health Center will offer solutions to the drug epidemic by using a holistic approach to recovery that provides healing for the Mind, Body and Spirit.
The problem of addiction is a complicated one. The issues are rooted in physical, emotional and spiritual causes. Holistic Health Center is equipped to take a multi prong approach to address these issues.
Everyone today knows someone who has died of an overdose; a family member, friend, cousin, brother, sister, and the list is endless. News reported 72,000 opioid overdoses in 2018. ENOUGH is ENOUGH. How many more of our youth, young adults and adults do we have to lose to this epidemic declared by our Government.
Having over 15 years experience in counseling people with addictions I cannot standby and ignore the ongoing drug abuse epidemic that is taking far too many lives. Therefore I have written a total program to help with any addiction called HOLISTIC ADDICTIONS THERAPY. Our motto is “Enough is Enough. I’m In Recovery and I’m Proud of It”. I pray that each and every addict starts their day and ends their day with those words because it will change them and aid in their recovery. Enough with the stigma of being addicted.
Here are some statistics and types of secular treatment programs.
- Inpatient treatment: short 30 day stay, 21% remain sober after five years.
- Residential treatment: minimum 90 day stay, 21% remain sober after five years.
- Outpatient treatment: 180 day minimum length, 18% remain sober after five years.
These statistics are dismal. This answers the question often asked “He or she just completed rehab why is he or she dead?”
I applaud the ones in the 18% – 21% categories but the secular ways of treating addictions need improvements. A holistic approach to drug addiction recovery is averaging 80%.
Addictions Are Killing Our Children: Time To Step Up Now
Pill and heroin addiction including overdoses and deaths are at an all time high among our youth and even adults but our program will help children (preteens, teens, and young adults) and adults. Parents, Churches, Professionals, Teachers, Coaches and inclusive of all people who have a mentoring relationship with teens and I will say this: IT’S TIME TO STEP UP AND TAKE ACTION NOW! My own 2 young adult daughters said to me “Dad something has got to be done. Everyday I find out that someone I know or went to school with are hooked on drugs or have died. Dad we are loosing our generation.”
The following are specific signs that drug / alcohol abuse and / or addiction are going on:
Change in friends, hanging out with a new group, seclusive behavior (long periods spent in self imposed isolation), long unexplained absences, lying and stealing, involvement on the wrong side of the law, deteriorating family relationships, obvious intoxication (delirious, incoherent or unconscious), changes in behavior and attitude, and decrease in school performance.
If you suspect or have a gut feeling then most likely you are right. Please don’t look the other way or ignore the problem because if anything happens to that someone then it may affect you negatively for the rest of your life.
There are many ways to approach an addiction problem. The most important is to open up lines of communication with the addict. If you are an adult family member, an adult professional he or she respects, an adult mentor or a Pastor you need to show them that you have concerns. At this time you may want to have detox and recovery information in hand or call us at Holistic Health Center (321-549-0711). Resistance is common from an addict but do not give up. Again I repeat. Do not give up. We are here to help!
This is a serious matter, however in recovery there are positive things that can be accomplished: friends and family that understand and are supportive, being trusted, not being in jail or having a record, more school and job opportunities, better relationships with girlfriend/boyfriend or husband/wife, being sober, knowing whats going on around you and the list go on.
I pray that I have opened many eyes before this problem gets anymore out of control.
Summary of Our Program
Holistic Addictions Therapy – Recovering the Body – Mind – and Spirit
RECOVERING THE BODY
Detox / Withdrawal
It’s important to understand what to expect during withdrawal and to best prepare for the process. The severity of withdrawal can vary greatly depending on how long the person has been addicted to drugs or alcohol, the extent of the physical and metabolic damage, and the individual’s biochemistry. The following withdrawal timeline can vary from individual to individual. There is no real way to predict its course.
Most drug / alcohol withdrawal symptoms start within the first 24 hours after a person stops using. Withdrawal symptoms can be uncomfortable, or even painful. It’s important to remember, however, that the discomfort is only temporary. As a result, relapse is very likely to occur during the first two or three days of withdrawal. Symptoms of the initial phase of withdrawal often include: insomnia, depression, irritability, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nightmares, muscle aches, back and joint pain, tremors, restlessness, cravings, anxiety, agitation, sweating, fever, cold and clammy skin, dilated pupils, tingling in the extremities, mental confusion, short-term memory issues, trouble concentrating, watery eyes, bouts of crying, runny nose, shakiness, pain sensitivity, disorientation, muscle weakness, and appetite fluctuations.
After the first phase of withdrawal, most of the intense symptoms will typically have subsided. At this point, people are likely to experience: stomach cramping, minor muscle aches, shivers, fatigue.
Each person experiences drug / alcohol detox and withdrawal differently. For some people, withdrawal symptoms may extend past five days. For others, the symptoms will subside after one week. As you can see if you can get through the first week and continue with “Holistic Addictions Therapy” program, your chances of recovery will greatly increase.
It’s not unusual for some mild symptoms to linger. However, focusing on the goal of recovery and using some of the following coping strategies will help with ongoing symptoms:
1. Irritability: take walks, take baths, relax and talk to friends, listen to favorite music, try Yoga breathing exercises & meditation. 2. Fatigue: relax, take naps, increase intake of fluids. 3. Insomnia: avoid tea, coffee, caffeine drinks after 6pm, read. 4. Cough: drink plenty of fluids, use lozenges, steam inhalation. 5. Nasal Drip: drink plenty of fluids. 6. Dizziness: change positions slowly, relax. 7. Lack of Concentration: organize workload, reduce stress, learn time management. 8. Constipation: add fiber to your diet through fresh fruits, vegetables etc, drink plenty of fluids. 9. Headaches: drink plenty of fluids, practice relaxation, eat small snacks. 10. Hunger: increase intake of fruits/ vegetables/ fluids; avoid heavy meals, take smaller meals at shorter intervals. 11. Craving: distract yourself – drink water or fruit juice, read, exercise, and talk to family members / friends. Remind yourself that the urge will die down in a few minutes.
Remember all of the symptoms are short term (they will not last) as long as you take action.
Our Holistic Addictions Therapy Program is very effective during the first week of detox / withdrawal. We have researched many natural products (all backed by clinical studies) to make the first week of withdrawal as comfortable as possible and reduce the possibility of relapse.
At Holistic Health Center we use a variety of herbs and vitamins to offset the withdrawals and cravings of drugs and alcohol.
Our Addictions Practitioner Dr. Kevin Kilday, PhD will go over all of the supplements that you will be taking along with the proper dosages and copies of clinical studies at the first consultation.
OUR ADDICTIONS NUTRITION PLAN
Holistic Health Center offers a Nutrition Program (a special eating plan to reduce cravings plus clinically approved supplements) to rebuild the addict’s body since addictions affect every organ, lowers the immune system, and makes addicts vulnerable to a host of major diseases.
During the initial phases of recovery, however, special emphasis should be placed on changing dietary habits by removing junk foods and convenience foods to more healthier foods. Caloric intake should be substantial but calories should be coming from fresh, good quality food like fruits, vegetables, fish, and nuts rather than trans-fat-laden, highly processed convenience food like ready frozen or canned meals, chips, cakes and sweets.
Many people in recovery turn to sugary foods because they affect the same parts of the brain as drugs. This can cause blood sugar levels to rise and fall rapidly, and could eventually lead to relapse. An understanding of how food affects mood and the risk of substance abuse begins with macro-nutrients. Carbohydrates are the body’s main source of energy; without this macro-nutrient, the brain can’t properly function, blood sugar becomes unstable, and neurotransmitters become disrupted. Unstable blood sugar can lead to feelings of frustration, anxiety, and cravings. Vitamins and minerals are the two types of micro-nutrients. They play important roles in human development and well-being, including the regulation of metabolism, heartbeat, cellular pH, and bone density. Macro- and micro-nutrient deficiencies can lead to symptoms of depression, anxiety, and low energy, all of which can lead someone to start using drugs or alcohol or trigger a relapse. On the other hand, fresh food, properly prepared and cooked, retain proper nutrients, fiber, water and are essential for correct functioning of the body and mind.
Due to individuals abusing different substances, nutritional status and health issues may differ, therefore we do a full nutritional assessment at the first consultation.
Our ADDICTIONS NUTRITION PLAN we target the following goals:
- heal and nourish the body damaged by alcohol or substance abuse
- stabilize mood and reduce stress
- reduce cravings for drugs and alcohol
- address health conditions that are co-occurring or have resulted from substance abuse
- encourage self-care and a healthful lifestyle
Substance abuse is known to lead to vitamin and mineral deficiencies that threaten physical and mental health, damage vital organs and the nervous system, and decrease immunity. Harmful lifestyles often are associated with addiction, such as poor eating patterns, lack of exercise, and changes in sleep patterns. These compounding factors result in an increased risk of long-term health problems, including metabolic syndrome, diabetes, hypertension, weight problems, eating disorders, and substance abuse relapse.
To help an individual recover from the effects of substance abuse, it’s important to eat balanced and caloric appropriate meals. This may be difficult during the initial detox period but it is necessary to eat as healthy as possible even during withdrawal.
It’s vital to correct any nutritional deficiencies and address any medical conditions, as continued malnutrition and instability increase disease risk and will produce cravings for drugs or alcohol. Increased consumption of nutrient-dense foods ( fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish) and antioxidants are important; these foods help decrease inflammation, reduce cell oxidation, and provide the basics of a healthful diet.
Proper nutrition, supplementation, and hydration are key to the substance abuse healing process because they help restore physical and mental health, and improve the chance of recovery.
Our Addictions Practitioner Dr. Kevin Kilday, PhD will go over the recommended Nutrition Plans during the first consultation.
A FORM OF GREAT EXERCISE: Introduction to YOGA & MEDITATION
Yoga, which means “union” combines three aspects: physical postures, breath work, and meditation. The philosophy of yoga is to bring the mind, body, and spirit together in a united alignment. This can promote a state of inner peace that might assist recovering addicts in preventing relapse. Many studies indicate yoga can relieve anxiety, stress and depression.
Yoga is also helpful for managing muscle aches and pains, as well as the pins-and-needles feeling that can occur in withdrawal. The gentle stretching can ease muscle tension, which soothes soreness and tremors.
The physical aspect teaches bodily awareness and how to release pent-up emotions and stuck energy. For many in recovery, there has been a disassociation from the body through the use of drugs, alcohol, food, or other substances. Through practicing yoga, recovering addicts can become aware of their outdated behavioral patterns and make the conscious decision to change. These practices along with meditation have led to an easier withdrawal process and longer-term abstinence from substances.
Similarly, meditation can help individuals manage the stress and anxiety that often accompany withdrawal. Meditation is also a complementary practice with some of the psychological therapies that are offered in substance abuse treatment, helping the person to focus on mental processes connected to cravings. It allows recovering addicts a deeper sense of self-awareness. By becoming less influenced by the world around them, addicts can learn to shrug off cravings and embrace their inner strength without the need for external validation through substances. This can also help with recognizing triggers and behaviors that lead to relapse.
Breath work can be a key aspect of healing and recovery from addiction. The lungs are the link between the circulatory and nervous systems, and they provide detoxification, energy, and a built-in relaxation response.
Holistic Health Center also offers “Christian Yoga & Meditation” by a fully trained certified instructor. A great form of mild exercise to relieve stress and pain, and increases focus.
Throughout the years the term Christian yoga has been used by various Christian practitioners as a form or worship and praise, while honoring what Christ deems His temple, our body. In today’s western world, the practice of Christian yoga developed into holistic forms of worship, with practices of the mind, body, spirit and soul through biblical teachings of a certain posture that biblical figures were in, while praying specific prayers. In observation of these various postures, it appears in scripture, that the prayers, combined with a posture, elevates one’s worship or needs. Therefore, Christian yoga is a physical practice of connecting intimately to our Creator and living God, with our entire being; physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
The Christian Part of Christian Yoga
As a Christ follower, or Christian, we believe the Bible in its entirety. When we read such scriptures as Genesis 1:1; “In the beginning, God created everything”, combined with John 1:1-3; “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being”, for many of us, this sums it up, God created everything.
As Bible-reading Christ followers, we believe God created all things, including man and woman. Eventually it is ‘we’ humans who take God’s pure creation and use the creation for impure things. All things that were first intended for us to enjoy, not abuse, were originally created to point back to the Creator.
The Yoga Part of Christian Yoga
Yoga itself is a beautiful word and within the definition there is nothing to fear. How some choose to use the practice of yoga, or whom they choose to worship by using yoga practices could be feared if practices incorporated conflict with God’s principles.‘Yoking’ for the Christian yoga practitioner refers to uniting our breath, body and spirit with Christ, truly becoming one with Him. We can also yoke our breath to our posture of prayer, or our breath with our movements and dance like David danced. We can also yoke with one another in the sacred space of His presence. Christ followers are familiar with this word to yoke, as the Bible has a lot to say it about it.
God created all things to glorify Him, point to Him, worship and praise Him.
“For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities– all things have been created by Him and for Him.” Colossians 1:16.
The Bible repeatedly speaks about you and I being the church and how we are to take care of these “temples” of the Holy Spirit.
“Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you?” 1 Corinthians 3:16
Christian yoga is how many Christians interpret scriptures found throughout the Bible that uses God’s commandments of praise, worship, prayer, song and dance to connect to Him, or to worship Him with all of our might, all of our breath all of our spirit and all of our being.
RECOVERING THE MIND
Our “Nutritional Biochemical Restoration”
In our Holistic Addictions Therapy Program we use a process called Nutritional Biochemical Restoration which aims to repair the biochemical imbalances of neurotransmitters in the brain that cause cravings, depression, anxiety, and the unstable moods that lead to and prolong addiction.
The importance of Neurotransmitters
Neurotransmitters are chemicals that transmit signals between cells in the brain. They are classified as “Excitatory” or “Inhibitory” based on the action the chemicals have on the brain’s function.
DOPAMINE: is a neurotransmitter that works in the reward center in the brain. In addiction medicine the dopamine level is low in the brain. Increasing dopamine in the brain will fill the void and replete the absent neurotransmitter therefor helping balance normal brain chemistry. Dopamine has many functions in the brain including cognition, voluntary movement, motivation, punishment and reward, sleep, mood, attention, memory, and learning. Dopamine balance is essential in treating the chemically addicted brain. Levels affected by: Every drug that affects feelings of pleasure, including Cocaine, Amphetamine, opiates, marijuana, heroin, alcohol, and PCP.
NOREPINEPHIRINE: is an excitatory neurotransmitter, similar to adrenaline, that activates the “fight-or-flight” stress response in the body; speeds up heart rate, blood pressure, and respiration, and increases body temperature while impacting movement, anxiety levels, sleep, moods, appetite levels, memory functions, and sensory processing abilities. Continued prolonged stress (like chemical addiction) can cause a depletion of norepinephrine leading to inability to handle stress and insomnia. Levels affected by: Methamphetamine, Amphetamine, ADHD medications (Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta), and Cocaine.
SEROTONIN: is an inhibitory neurotransmitter that works as a mood stabilizer and impacts mood, memory, learning, sexual desire, sleep, and appetite. This neurotransmitter is a contributor to sense of well-being and happiness. Levels affected by: Alcohol, Hallucinogens, Stimulants, Anti-depressants, Ecstasy (MDMA or Molly), Cocaine, and PCP.
GABA (Gamma Aminobutyric Acid): is an inhibitory neurotransmitter that lowers stress and anxiety by slowing down heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature; acts as a natural tranquilizer as it slows down the firing of the neurons, which in turn helps people feel more relaxed and calm. Research indicates that a major factor in people with anxiety disorders, and people who have become addicted to street drugs, alcohol and medication is that they are most likely suffering from low GABA activity in their brain. Levels affected by: Benzodiazepines (Valium, Ativan, Xanax, etc.), Alcohol, Sedatives and tranquilizers, Depressant drugs, and Marijuana.
ENDORPHINS: are produced as a response to certain stimuli, especially stress, fear or pain. They originate in various parts of your body — the pituitary gland, your spinal cord and throughout other parts of your brain and nervous system — and interact mainly with receptors in cells found in regions of the brain responsible for blocking pain and controlling emotion. Endorphins and endogenous opioids peptides activate opioid receptors in the brain to slow central nervous system functions (including breathing rates), impact mood, and have a sedative and analgesic (painkilling) effect. Levels affected by: Prescription opioid pain relievers (OxyContin, Vicodin, morphine, fentanyl, etc.), and Heroin.
Balancing these neurotransmitters helps the brain restore normal function and makes recovery sustainable.
Holistic Health Center we use a number of clinically studied supplements for balancing neurotransmitters. We will go over the recommended supplements at the first consultation.
Once balance is restored, other addiction treatment modalities such as counseling and relapse prevention can be tackled more effectively.
Christian counseling helps with alcohol / drug addictions, depression, anxiety, stress, grief, anger, abuse, other mental health issues and is used at many rehabs throughout the world.
What is Christian Counseling
The Differences of Christian Counseling
As a general rule, both Christian counseling and secular counseling share the same desire to help people overcome their problems, find meaning and joy in life, and become healthy and well-adjusted individuals, both mentally and emotionally.
The word “counseling” can have multiple meanings, including offering advice and encouragement, sharing wisdom and skills, setting goals, resolving conflict, etc. Counselors usually probe the past (whether the problem happened a week ago or during childhood) in an attempt to repair the present. Counselors explore possible affects of physical and chemical imbalances that can cause physiological problems.
Christian counseling is distinct from secular counseling. In contrast to secular counseling, Christian counseling seeks to carefully discover those areas in which a Christian may be disobedient to the principles and commands of Scripture and to help him learn how to lovingly submit to God’s will. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
Christian counselors understand that the Bible has a lot of practical wisdom about human nature, marriage and family, human suffering, and so much more. By using biblical concepts in counseling, they can instruct people in the way they should go and also hold them accountable. Although Christian counselors often use skills from the field of secular psychology and counseling, they recognize that the Bible, not psychology, is the final authority. A Christian counselor’s major strategy is to help their clients substitute biblical truth for error as they go about their day-to-day lives. They know that the truth, when known, believed, and obeyed, sets people free. When people are set free, they are fulfilling their true calling. “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32).
Holistic Health Center offers individual counseling as well as group sessions to allow addicted clients to share with others traveling the same road.
Dr. Kevin Kilday who has PhD’s in Pastoral Counseling and Natural Health and is also an Ordained Christian Minister has studied extensive scientific research and has proven solutions for all addictions and common mental health disorders of today. Dr. Kilday uses Christian Counseling in his practice to get to the roots of their problems which could be the hidden causes of their addictions.
RECOVERING YOUR SPIRIT
Faith in God
Recovery is not easy but with Faith in God, it is within reach for every person who is addicted.
Holistic Health Center understands that through Faith lives can be transformed. Faith plays a significant role in healing the wounds that drug and alcohol addictions have created.
There is abundance of people hurting and in need of recovery from a multitude of addictions and life controlling problems.
Many people are in denial that they have a problem but for those people denial is the main problem. People who use their coping mechanisms to fill their emptiness and medicate their emotional pain go to great lengths to convince others that their addiction is not hurting them or out of control. Often the only ones they convince are themselves.
Addiction causes us to engage in self destructive and self-defeating behavior. Addiction destroys relationships with the people we ought to care about and fractures our relationship with God. Eventually addiction will take our very life or we will wish it had. The good news is that there is an answer – there is a way out – recovery is available. Jesus Christ is still in the business of healing and transforming lives. There is a popular way of recovery that has been documented to work for millions. It is called the Twelve Steps and has been used by AA, NA, OA and other anonymous groups throughout the world.
The following are the original twelve steps as published by Alcoholics Anonymous:
- We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.
- Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
- Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
- Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
- Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
- Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
- Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
- Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
- Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
- Continued to take personal inventory, and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
- Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
- Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
People familiar with the Twelve Steps of recovery often reject some of the traditional steps. They just want to practice those of the twelve which appeal to them and leave the others alone. Those who are timid about the program are more likely not to follow steps four though twelve due to getting too personal, being too hard, not understanding the steps or misinterpreting the steps. The timid ones may get overwhelmed doing the hard work that is necessary to complete all twelve steps. This can complicate recovery and lead to relapse.
This is why Holistic Addictions Therapy will give the addict a choice of which step program they would like to follow. The Oxford Group (a Church group) had 6 steps of recovery and mostly influenced the founders Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith to form Alcoholics Anonymous and write the 12 steps a few years later. There are variations of the Oxford Group 6 steps but these were the ones the AA founders used back in 1934 therefore they have to be the most authentic.
The Oxford Group 6 steps are as follows:
- We admitted we were licked.
- We got honest with ourselves.
- We got honest with someone else.
- We made amends for the harm we’d done.
- We prayed to whatever God we thought there was for the power to take these actions.
- We tried to help others with no thought of return.
The Six and Twelve Steps are spiritual principles that came from the Bible. Working the steps is simply applying Biblical principles to ones life in an easy to understand way. The reason a spiritual solution works is that the problem is spiritual at its core. Stated simply the problem is being in control of one’s own life and carrying out one’s own plan. The reason this is a problem is that our Creator never intended for one human being to live this way. The solution is pointedly learning to let God be in control and carrying out His plan.
As we apply Biblical (spiritual) principles to our lives by actually working the steps, we move from self-centered to Christ Centered.
Another way of saying it is that self-centered is the problem and Christ centered is the solution. A core slogan in recovery is “First Things First.” This was coined and inspired from the Bible, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Mat 6:33 NIV)
If we allow God to restore us into a right relationship with Him – He will bring healing and wholeness into our lives and restore us into a right relationship with others. God is not caught by surprise by our circumstances. God sees the end from the beginning. The Lord has a plan and a path to lead us to happiness, peace and victory. The choice is yours. The important thing to remember is that there is hope for healing because Jesus never fails to bring wholeness to a life that is open and yielded to Him.
Holistic Health Center’s “Holistic Addictions Therapy” Program” is a Faith Based complete holistic approach to addictions recovery. Through personally working in a Church sponsored residential recovery program for many years I have seen first hand that a Faith Based Holistic Program works and holds the keys to success in recovery.
As previously stated traditional secular success rates for recovery are averaging 20% but the Holistic approach to recovery is averaging 80%. Which one would you like to try?
Dr. Kevin Kilday, PhD, D.Psc, Director of Holistic Health Center & Developer of the “Holistic Addictions Therapy” program. Are you ready? Please call 321-549-0711 for an appointment.