Substance abuse and the reasons for it are often quite complex. As such, addiction recovery works differently for each individual. Some require a combination of treatments, and treatments that work for some might not work for others. Suppose you or someone you love is searching for substance abuse treatment. In that case, acupuncture might be a viable solution or an essential part of your treatment regimen.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture treatments involve inserting very thin needles at various depths through the skin at strategic body points. Typical treatments use between 5 and 20 needles. Participants might experience a mild aching sensation when a needle reaches the correct depth below the skin.
For further effectiveness, the acupuncture practitioner may gently move or turn the needles once they are in place or apply heat or mild electrical pulses to them.
How Acupuncture Can Help with Addiction
The use of acupuncture for addiction began in the early 1970s when a physician in China observed that acupuncture appeared to reduce withdrawal symptoms in individuals abusing opiates. Acupuncturists found that inserting needles and manipulating certain meridian points could help lower cortisol and balance dopamine levels.
Performing this type of acupuncture decreases withdrawal symptoms and cravings common with the drug and alcohol detox process.
NADA or AcuDetox is a specific acupuncture protocol designed to ease alcohol and drug detox symptoms. It’s a proven, effective addiction treatment and a relapse prevention tool that complements traditional approaches like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). It may:
- Decrease symptoms of drug and alcohol withdrawal
- Increase the success of completing addiction treatment programs
- Increase chances of sobriety post-addiction treatment.
- Enhance the quality of life
- Improve energy
Addiction acupuncture works on the central nervous system to reduce the incidence and severity of common alcohol and drug withdrawal symptoms such as:
- Muscle aches and cramps
- Digestive issues
Acupuncture for addiction can provide a sense of calm and well-being. The fewer substance abuse withdrawal symptoms, the better the patient can focus on treatment and improving their life. Decreased withdrawal symptoms might also prevent relapses.
What to Expect When Using Acupuncture to Treat Addiction
AcuDetox uses auricular acupuncture protocols developed for trauma, addictions, and mental health disorders. The actual acupuncture session and experience are similar to an ordinary acupuncture session. The acupuncturist inserts tiny, sterile needles into your skin. You then sit quietly and still for a minimum of 20-30 minutes.
NADA acupuncture targets five areas of the ear associated with substance abuse. Acupuncture for substance abuse is often performed in group sessions, lasting from 30-45 minutes. After post- AcuDetox treatments, participants report feeling energized but also relaxed and calm.
Thumos Health Center Offers Acupuncture for Substance Abuse
Are you ready to see if acupuncture can help you combat substance abuse for good? Thumos Health Center practices Eastern medicine, including acupuncture and herbology. Treating the whole person in as natural a way as possible is our philosophy. Acupuncture for substance abuse has proven successful in many patients, including ours. It may also work for you, but there’s only one way to find out.
Call (323) 372-5150 or contact us today to schedule a consultation. We look forward to helping you accomplish your sobriety goals.