Acupuncture for Addiction Treatment?

Acupuncture for Addiction Treatment?

While elements like cognitive behavior therapy and group therapy are crucial parts of any addiction recovery program, holistic therapies can help promote a healthier lifestyle and long-term success for those in recovery. When you’re searching for a place to recover from addictions for yourself or a loved one, consider the alternative therapies the center provides. Those that supplement traditional therapies with treatments such as acupuncture, yoga and meditation, and art or music therapy can give you or your loved one a better chance at healing and long-term recovery success.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient treatment method used in Chinese medicine. It involves placing fine needles into the skin at specific points on the body to clear or redirect energy in the body, also providing stimulation where needed. While this method is often considered an alternative therapy, its proven to be effective for many symptoms and ailments, including pain and stress relief. Acupuncture’s strength and efficacy make it an excellent option for those in addiction recovery, particularly when it comes to relieving withdrawal symptoms and alleviating stress or anxiety. This treatment method also has the potential to help reduce cravings associated with addictions.

In addiction treatment, auricular acupuncture is used most commonly. This involves placing the needles into the outer ear, which is thought the help eliminate cravings and alleviate symptoms associated with withdrawals.

The Benefits of Acupuncture in Addiction Therapy

Studies have shown that acupuncture is an effective tool in opioid addiction recovery, and its benefits can be seen widely when used in the treatment of other addictions, as well. While acupuncture isn’t an effective treatment for every client who in addiction recovery, it’s a highly effective tool for others. Clients who approach their treatment with an open mind and a positive attitude are more likely to experience these benefits.

In addition to helping alleviate withdrawal symptoms and any underlying conditions that may have resulted in pain, stress or anxiety, acupuncture can provide several other positive benefits, such as:

  • Improved outlook and attitude
  • More restful sleep
  • Relaxation

Pairing Acupuncture With Traditional Addiction Treatment Methods

Acupuncture can’t relieve withdrawal symptoms or cure addictions on its own but it does have the potential to complement traditional, proven treatment methods for many clients. In addition to acupuncture, clients at Hickory Treatment Centers are provided with a carefully developed care plan that includes:

  • Education about drugs, alcohol and addiction
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Medication management
  • Individual, group and family counseling
  • Talk therapy
  • Trauma therapy
  • Dual diagnosis treatment

Get Help Today

If you or someone you love is struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, Hickory Treatment Centers can help. Our team of experienced drug and alcohol counselors and our qualified medical staff can provide the support you or your loved one need for a successful recovery. Contact our admissions team today to learn more about our treatment options.

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If you have tried to stop using alcohol or drugs on your own, you may feel that sobriety and clean living seem far away. However, with the help of caring staff members and a safe, structured environment, you can receive the guidance you need to fight cravings and regain control of your life.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment with our admission staff or learn more about our healing programs.