Acupuncture for Addiction Recovery
Acupuncture has become an increasingly popular and successful treatment option for those struggling with substance abuse and addiction. It has been used for thousands of years to treat physical and mental health issues and has recently been studied in regards to helping people overcome their addiction.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine that involves inserting thin needles into the skin at specific points throughout the body. It is based on the belief that there are energy pathways, or “meridians” within the body and an imbalance of this energy can cause physical or mental health issues. The needles stimulate the body’s healing potential, allowing it to restore balance.
Benefits of Acupuncture for Addiction Recovery
Acupuncture can be beneficial to those in recovery because it can:
- Reduce cravings
- Improve relaxation
- Alleviate withdrawal symptoms
- Boost mood
- Increase energy
These benefits can help to create a more balanced and healing environment for recovery.
What to Expect in an Acupuncture Session?
An acupuncture session typically lasts for about 40-60 minutes and may include other forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine such as cupping, herbs, massage, and moxibustion. The practitioner will assess your body for “imbalances” and then insert thin needles at specific points throughout the body, depending on those imbalances. You may experience some discomfort or a slight tingling sensation. After treatment, you should take time to rest and relax.
Acupuncture is a safe and non-invasive treatment option for those in addiction recovery. It can help to reduce cravings, alleviate withdrawal symptoms, and improve overall wellbeing. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, consider speaking to an acupuncturist to see if this treatment may be right for you.