What is The CIHA?
Wisdom, competency, and passion for helping the Whole Person.
Lasting change happens when the whole person is treated, rather than just addressing symptoms. Established July 2, 2020 as a result of the world-wide social and health pandemics, The Center for Integrative Health & Addiction ("The CIHA") understands the importance of integrating holistic and complementary approaches in the treatment of any Addiction.
Why does this matter?
Colonialism has influenced a world defined by sickness and disconnection. From a humanistic perspective seeing all people withinnate goodness - when one suffers, so does the whole. Pain is universal. As indigenous, minority, LGBTQIA and other often marginalized communities know too well, modern medical, psychological, and Addiction treatment practices based primarily on Western ideals have in many ways proliferated the emptiness which manifests in what we commonly refer to as Addiction and mental illness. Addiction is a state of being which involves a person's whole self, their journey, and their community. Continued understanding of epigenetics affirms the impact of colonialism and historical trauma on the development of spiritual and existential suffering. Despite this, training and continuing education programs in Addiction counseling and Addiction medicine rarely educate beyond the modern Western view of pathology. As one large step forward professionals should acknowledge how issues such as forced assimilation, genocide and other historical trauma in the development of Addiction and Psychological treatment, and institutionalized health systems have aided in human suffering. As a result, it is necessary that the community of professionals who are engaged in the compassionate and holistic treatment of Addiction come together.
The mission of The CIHA is to connect and certify advanced Specialists, and connect consumers who desire a holistic and Integrative wellness approach via competent professionals. We are organized as a Low-profit Limited Liability Company (L3C) in Vermont to reflect this, and to allow for an easier ability for anyone to support this cause.
Integrative Health acknowledges the increased effectiveness of Western practices when combined with Complimentary and Alternative approaches, such as:
- Mindfulness meditation, Yoga, and other forms of breath work
- Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and other forms of meditative movement
- Indigenous practices
- Somatic, body oriented, and energy therapies
- Ayurveda and other dietary or nutritional therapies
- Chinese/Oriental Medicine
- Osteopathic Medicine
- Chiropractic Medicine
- Natural/herbal therapies
- Functional Medicine
- Dance/Movement Therapy
- Entheogenic Therapy
The CIHA is an independent organization which acknowledges professionals who are engaged in treating Addiction (to include Substance Use Disorders, gambling disorder, hypersexual disorder/sex addiction, dietary addiction, gaming disorder, and others) and utilize/advocate for using integrative methods in this necessary work. Those who qualify for membership have endured rigorous processes to quality as addiction specialists in their own state or country, practice within the scope of their jurisdiction's laws regarding their professional licenses/certifications, and have taken extra steps to gain competency in and practice an Integrative approach.
Integrative health practices are researched and promoted in medical and mental health. Read about Integrative Medicine for Mental Health here, and read more about Integrative Health via the U.S. National Institutes of Health Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health.
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