Can Acupuncture Help with Addiction Recovery?

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One of the aspects that we at The River Source appreciate about integrative therapy is that it leaves room for alternative therapies. During their stay in inpatient treatment, our patients get to explore various treatments. Through this exploration, they can see which therapies are most effective at reducing cravings, easing withdrawal symptoms and delivering joy. One of these remedies is acupuncture.

How Acupuncture is Used in Addiction Treatment

The belief behind acupuncture is that there are meridians all over the human body. By pressing on certain parts of the body, these meridians are stimulated. Energy is able to flow freely through these points, improving circulation, organ function and so much more.

Acupuncture is being used more often in addiction treatment to ease withdrawal symptoms and reduce cravings. Ear acupuncture is the most popular type of acupuncture used to manage symptoms of addiction. A thin needle targets various parts on the ear that are believed to have an effect on the body. Here are the five areas.

  • Liver point. By pressing on this point, toxins are pushed out of the body. Some acupuncturists also see an improvement in aggression levels.

  • Kidney point. This point facilitates organ repair. It can also reduce fear, helping addicts to focus more on the positives of their recovery.

  • Lung point. The lung point delivers a boost to lung function and can lessen feelings of sadness and grief.

  • Shen men. The shen men is also called “the spirit gate.” It’s known to decrease anxiety and open up the doors to greater spirituality.

  • Autonomic point. When pressing on this point, the nervous system relaxes and the body feels at ease.

Benefits of Adding Acupuncture to Your Recovery Regimen

There are many benefits to adding alternative medicine to your recovery plan. Even if you’re not sure it will work for you, it’s always worth trying. Many of our patients are surprised to see the therapies they enjoy when they keep their minds open.

Here are the key benefits of acupuncture in substance abuse treatment.

  • Safe and cost-effective  

  • Complements counseling

  • Drug free

  • Reduce cravings

  • Decrease stress and anxiety

  • Lessen withdrawal symptoms

  • Increase patient satisfaction

  • Regulate sleep

  • Encourage spirituality

Acupuncture can be used at any stage of the recovery process. If you think this treatment may be beneficial to you, rest assured that it is available at The River Source and included with our standard treatment program.