Healing Benefits Of Acupuncture In Addiction Recovery
Acupuncture treatment for addiction addresses whole body healing with modalities that treat both the mind and body. The holistic approach, treating the whole person and not just the addiction, is the most effective for long-term recovery. Using acupuncture therapy for drug and alcohol addiction brings the ancient wisdom of Eastern philosophy to healing.
Acupuncture comes from Traditional Chinese Medicine that believes there are lines of energy running through the body called meridians. When there is discomfort or disease, it's believed to be a blockage in the movement along those meridians. Acupuncture works to release the blockage to help free the flow of energy, Qi.
The body contains different points that represent different energies. When the correct meridian is stimulated, it relieves tension in the corresponding organ of the body. Each acupuncture point is mapped out on the body by name and serves a specific function.
The ear and body points are often used to treat addiction and lessen some of the symptoms experienced in recovery—treatments such as the N.A.D.A Protocol that has helped veterans with PTSD symptoms is also employed to ease withdrawal symptoms and cravings for alcohol and drug recovery. Three organs have points on the ear: lung, kidney, and liver. By stimulating these points, lung function improves, toxins in the liver are removed, and the vital organs are repaired. Other points on the ear typically used for people in recovery decrease anxiety and promote relaxation. If you feel like you have tried it all, you could consider trying acupuncture for addiction and substance abuse treatment.
Acupuncture helps relieve addiction recovery symptoms, making you more comfortable as you continue on this journey. A few of the benefits include:
Ease withdrawal symptoms
Lowers the intensity of cravings
In general, the effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of substance abuse depends on the person's commitment. You have to want the change!
If you've been thinking about change and are ready to start, we at Gulf Coast Acupuncture are here to support you.