Acupuncture is a centuries-old form of Chinese Medicine that is becoming widely accepted and used by modern healthcare professionals. Acupuncture treats a variety of aliments, and evidence shows that it provides numerous benefits to people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. When combined with traditional methods of recovery, acupuncture has been proven to be a very effective form of addiction treatment because it minimizes the uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal and creates an overall sense of calm.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture uses thin needles to access natural channels of energy in the body that flow along meridians just under the skin. These channels of energy or “qi” (pronounced “chee”) can become blocked as a result of emotional trauma, abuse and damage by drugs and alcohol. When this energy is blocked it can result in numerous physical and mental health issues such as headaches, depression, anxiety, insomnia, poor digestion and much more. By placing the acupuncture needles into specific meridian points in the body, they are able to unblock stagnant energy and allow it to freely flow through the body and allow it to heal.
How Can Acupuncture Help During Drug Rehab?
Addiction is a disease that manifests itself in numerous physical and mental side effects, many of which can be relieved with acupuncture. Acupuncture has many proven benefits for patients in drug rehab, especially for newly recovering patients and those in the detoxification period of treatment. This is when the physical and mental side effects of a person’s drug and alcohol abuse can become so uncomfortable that it threatens their sobriety. Acupuncture can relieve this discomfort and reduce withdrawal symptoms such as depression, anxiety, insomnia, cravings, body aches, headache, nausea and muscle cramping. This is done by placing acupuncture needles in meridian points that stimulate detoxification points such as the kidney, liver, lungs and nervous system, and in points that relieve blocked mental energy. Reducing these withdrawal symptoms allows the patient shift their focus from their discomfort to their work in treatment.
Is a Holistic Drug Rehab Program Right for Me?
Holistic drug rehab programs acknowledge that the root causes of addiction are based on holistic ideals, and that true recovery relies on healing not only the body but the mind and spirit as well. When choosing a holistic drug rehab, it’s important to weigh all your options and consider those that also offer traditional treatments such as group therapy; relapse prevention; aftercare programs (such as sober living); and individualized, specialized and dual-diagnosis addiction treatment. Traditional treatments used in conjunction with holistic treatments have the best success rate.
Holistic drug treatment programs such as Casa Palmera still practice the tried-and-true methods of conventional rehab (such as the 12 Steps, group therapy, cognitive behavior treatment, individual counseling, and AA or NA meetings), but also include additional therapies such as acupuncture, meditation, yoga, nutritional counseling, Chinese medicine, equine therapy, bodywork, massage and more.
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