It’s no surprise that the rising interest in holistic and natural health remedies extends to the recovery community. Many who are seeking help for alcohol and/or drug addiction would like to include holistic methods in their treatment, but aren’t sure how or which methods might be helpful. Treatment facilities such as Best Drug Rehabilitation understand that modalities like yoga and acupuncture therapy are most effective when used to complement traditional methods and not as alternatives to them.
For example, acupuncture can be helpful in the treatment of addiction, but it shouldn’t be confused as a cure for drug or alcohol dependency. Acupuncture can ease the process of withdrawal by decreasing pain and nausea and helping the body to detoxify naturally. Some experts report that cravings for addictive substances can also be decreased with acupuncture.
What is Acupuncture Therapy?
Acupuncture is thousands of years old and originates in China. It’s a healing system that’s based on the philosophy that qi (pronounced chee) or “life energy” runs through the body through specific paths called meridians. Points along each meridian are thought to correspond to internal organs and body functions. Illness and disease result when qi is out of balance and either too much or too little energy is flowing to a meridian point. Acupuncture is used to balance the flow of qi and restore health.
The National Institute of Health officially recognized acupuncture as a legitimate healing therapy in 1997. The NIH deems acupuncture as a safe treatment with no serious negative side effects; however, clients should be diligent in finding a qualified acupuncturist who uses only disposable needles. For the best results, clients should tell their acupuncturist about all medications and other treatments they’re receiving, even drug and alcohol counseling.
What to Expect
For many clients acupuncture therapy is a relaxing, pleasant experience. After a thorough consultation, the acupuncturist places the client on the therapy table, either partially or fully clothed, and inserts hair-thin needles into the affected meridian points. Moxibustion, the practice of burning a small bunch of dried mugwort above the needle, may also be applied. It’s typical for an acupuncturist to also prescribe Chinese herbal remedies to complement the treatment.
There is more than one type of acupuncture. Traditional Chinese Medicine, French energetic acupuncture, Korean hand acupuncture, Myofacial acupuncture, Japanese acupuncture, and Auricular acupuncture are a few of the different traditions available.
Is It Effective?
The National Institute of Health recommends acupuncture for the treatment of addiction. Auricular acupuncture which focuses on the meridian points in the ear has been found to be particularly helpful in drug and alcohol recovery. According to altMD, studies of this method show long-term success in the treatment of cocaine addiction. All methods of acupuncture have the potential to release natural endorphins and relieve the discomforts of withdrawal including pain, nausea, and headache. In addition, the balancing and restorative effects of acupuncture can provide an overall feeling of wellness that helps the client cope with the challenges of addiction recovery.
Let Best Drug Rehabilitation Help
If you or a loved one are undergoing treatment for addiction and would like to include acupuncture or other holistic healing methods in your recovery program, discuss the options with your recovery counselor. Not every treatment facility is aware of or capable of providing complementary therapies. If you value a holistic approach to healthcare, it’s important to consider treatment programs such as the ones offered at Best Drug Rehabilitation that support holistic medicine,and understand how less traditional approaches can aid in the process of recovery. Contact us today for more information on our facility and programs offered.