Healing Benefits of Acupuncture in Recovery
Addiction recovery incorporates many healing modalities for 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 recovery.
What is Acupuncture?
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. Needles are used to facilitate the free flow or energy.
Similar to the concept of reflexology, the body contains different points that represent different energies. When the right 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. An acupuncturist knows which points to stimulate to get the desired effect.
The points in the ear are often used to treat addiction and lessen some of the symptoms experienced in recovery. Three organs have points on the ear: lung, kidney and liver. By stimulating these points lung function is improved, 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 seem to have tried it all, you could consider trying acupuncture for addiction and substance abuse treatment.
Benefits of Acupuncture in Addiction Recovery
Acupuncture is useful in relieving the symptoms of addiction recovery, making you more comfortable as you continue on this journey. Some of the benefits include:
- Reduce pain
- Decrease anxiety
- Ease withdrawal
- Lower intensity of cravings
- Improve sleep
- Modulate emotions
In general, the effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of substance abuse depends on the person’s commitment. Addiction recovery works for those who stick with it, but relapse is always a risk. With acupuncture treatments, people find it easier to stay in rehab and continue their recovery work.
Acupuncture at Tranquil Shores
Acupuncture is one of the alternative therapy modalities offered at Tranquil Shores as part of our holistic approach to recovery. Acupuncture therapy is available every two weeks at Tranquil Shores for those who wish to use it.
To learn more about acupuncture for addiction recovery or any of the other treatment modalities available at Tranquil Shores, contact us today.