Recovery from a drug or alcohol addiction is an ongoing process. Some days are easier than others, but every day you remain sober is another victory.
At The River Source, we want you to do more than just “get through” your early days of recovery. While some days may feel like this, we encourage our patients to live each day to the fullest. We hope that in addition to being sober, you can also find happiness in the small things, whether it’s a bright, sunny day or a newly rekindled relationship.
That’s why we recommend alternative therapies, as they serve as effective tools for the mind-body-spirit connection. One popular therapy that we would like to share with you today is acupuncture.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a Chinese practice that dates back more than 3,000 years ago. The exact origins aren’t exactly clear, but some say that acupuncture was used to help wounded soldiers overcome chronic illnesses.
Today, acupuncture is practiced in many medical settings, being used to promote the natural healing process, manage pain and anxiety and weaken an addict’s urge to use drugs or alcohol. Acupuncture is also covered by many insurance policies.
What Happens in Acupuncture?
During an acupuncture session, needles are inserted into the skin at various energy points in the body. This is believed to increase energy flow along the 14 energy meridians, balancing a person’s life force or chi.
In modern Western culture, it’s also believed that acupuncture stimulates the nerves, muscles and tissues to release natural painkillers in the body. It is the release of these chemicals that is believed to aid in addiction treatment.
What are the Benefits?
When acupuncture is used in early treatment, the natural calming agents reduce cravings and can lower the risk of relapse. Some patients also have less severe withdrawal symptoms. Furthermore, some specialists believe that the Chinese practice can eliminate toxins in the body that have built up from the drug abuse.
Aside from all the physical and mental benefits that acupuncture brings, it can also keep recovering addicts out of the medicine cabinet. They may be able to manage pain and anxiety and decrease cravings all without the use of conventional medicine.
When choosing the The River Source for your treatment, you don’t have to look far to find acupuncture. We include this in our treatment services to improve healing. Acupuncture can be used throughout your recovery as well – from detox to long-term maintenance. When combined with other treatment modalities, such as individual counseling, proper diet and nutrition and vitamin therapy, the effects from acupuncture are especially pronounced.
If you would like to learn more about acupuncture and its role in the treatment process, call The River Source today. We’d be more than happy to speak with you!