Is Farming the Future of Rehab?

Asheville Drug RehabIt's no secret that Western North Carolina has a terrible opioid epidemic. We see it daily at our center for Asheville drug rehab. However, there are other parts of the Appalachian region that have even bigger problems when it comes to prescription drug and heroin abuse. One of the worst states in the area is West Virginia.

For every 100,000 people in the state, there are 34 overdose deaths. Believe it or not, the national average is only 13 deaths per 100,000 people. That means a good part of the national average of drug overdoses comes directly from West Virginia.

Drug treatment is something that many heroin users never consider. Though it can help, they are more interested in continuing in their addiction. There are, however, a few unconventional ways to treat heroin and prescription drug addictions.

Holistic Asheville drug rehab, like that offered by our facility, works well. Below, you'll find the programs offered by Legacy Freedom:

  • Acupuncture Therapy
  • Adventure Therapy
  • Aromatherapy
  • Chemical Dependency
  • Discharge/Aftercare
  • EMDR Therapy
  • Equine Assisted
  • Families & Addiction
  • Inner Child
  • Life/Purpose Coaching
  • Meditation Therapy
  • Nutritional Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Process/Gender Groups
  • Psychotherapy
  • Ropes Course
  • Sound Therapy
  • Tai chi
  • Yoga

There's a new way of offering drug treatment, as well. Farming is becoming a great way to help one get out of the mindset that they have to be an addict. In West Virginia there are several recovery facilities for young men 18 and older that combine traditional 12 step program with other holistic ways to find drug recovery. They're using music therapy, adventure therapy and farming. That's right, farming. Whether they're repairing tractors, milking cows or feeding chickens, the day-to-day tasks that come with this full-time job help to bring about a spiritual awakening that also leads to sobriety.

Can Farming Help Addiction Recovery?

Asheville Drug RehabAccording to, the team at Jacob’s Ladder believes the combination of mindful practices like farming with AA/NA recovery principles is the key to creating a reliance on something other than the client’s own brain. "The two approaches to recovery might have different semantics and language but they definitely aren’t in conflict." spoke with the facility and program director,  Craig Cohen. He states, “What I believe makes an addict an addict is a sense of estrangement or alienation. Most of them live in their mind and the eschewed belief systems their mind puts them in. A lot of people are resistant to the idea of steps because it’s theistic and faith based. How do we make it palatable? Can we backdoor them into it? When they come in they work steps and acknowledge they have a problem and then we try to give them solutions. It’s a multi-phase system; they’re relatively autonomous by the time they leave.”

It doesn't happen overnight, despite what some people hope. It's a long process, just as any recovery venture is. It takes time, dedication, support and motivation.

There's also a rehab farm in San Patrignano. It focuses on much of the same techniques and jobs that the West Virginia facility does, combining farm work with holistic therapy programs and traditional 12 steps.

According to, "More than 20,000 drug addicts have stayed here since it was founded by businessman and philanthropist Vincenzo Muccioli in 1979. Financed through donations, fundraisers and the sale of various products made at the center — including an award-winning wine. San Patrignano boasts a 70 percent success rate among residents who complete the program. Addicts are admitted free of charge, sometimes in lieu of a prison sentence, and stay for a minimum of three years. Residents live together, their days filled with therapeutic programs and vocational activities — involving everything from raising cattle to growing vegetables, training horses to making cheese."

Gould Farm is another facility that can treat drug addiction and mental illness. Used to treat emotional issues, this farm was established in 1913 by William Gould. He focused on emotional rehabilitation because it offered people a type of work and rehab that was meaningful and purposeful. It helps people find themselves and where they fit in the world.

The farm helps rehabilitate residents suffering from bipolar disorder, depression, schizoaffective disorder and schizophrenia, among other illnesses. As we well know, these diseases are directly linked to many individual's drug use. This type of therapy can help greatly.

Affordable Asheville Drug Rehab | Legacy Freedom

Are you suffering from an addiction and not sure where to turn? Don't worry, there is support and help out there. It all starts with an open, willing mindset to fight drug addiction with rehab. Trusting a facility like Legacy Freedom of Asheville is key, as well. We offer holistic options for rehab.

If you’re suffering from an addiction and need help, consider Legacy Freedom’s alternative therapy options for alcohol and drug treatment. Our success rate is higher than traditional rehab facilities that require you to stay in-house until the program is complete.

We know how hard it is to beat addiction. That’s why we’ve come up with a better, more successful, program that will help.  Addiction can leave you feeling sad, lonely, and angry. You are not alone. We can help you get back on track to a healthier, happier life with affordable Asheville drug rehab. Contact us now to learn more.

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