Acupuncture and Addiction Recovery
More and more facilities are offering acupuncture and addiction recovery under the same roof.
Originating from China, acupuncture has many different health benefits, one of which is to help alleviate addiction symptoms. Many holistic facilities, such as chiropractic facilities and addiction recovery centers, believe fully in the benefits of acupuncture. Although the practice has been around for centuries, there is not an overabundance of research into how it works.
The entire premise behind acupuncture is to open meridians (energy pathways) throughout the body in order to improve energy flow.
Meridians are invisible channels in the body that carry energy between organs and other body parts. Acupuncture works by the insertion of tiny needles into the skin at various points along certain meridians to help increase energy and functionality throughout various organs. The process of acupuncture is either completely pain free or can produce very mild discomfort. One of the few negative aspects of acupuncture is that is requires stillness for roughly 60 minutes or more. Acupuncturists are highly trained, qualified individuals so you can be assured that a professional will be in control of the procedure.
Acupuncture and addiction recovery work together to help people achieve overall well-being and to reduce physical pain.
Acupuncture cannot replace 12-step work, therapy, or inpatient treatment, but it’s a wonderful addition to a recovery program. Coupled with proper diet and exercise, acupuncture can help to decrease the withdrawal symptoms during drug or alcohol detox. People who have received acupuncture claim that it helps relieve anxiety, causes a decrease in the desire to use, and increases peacefulness and overall wellness. Many treatment facilities have started to offer acupuncture along with structured living, group and individual therapy, family counseling, and other types of addiction treatment.
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