A non-traditional form of treatment for substance use disorders is acupuncture therapy. It may be used as part of a detox program or as part of a traditional therapeutic treatment program. Acupuncture has proven highly effective in managing stress, lessening cravings, and even treating depression and anxiety. It can be used to balance a body’s energy and even correct hormonal imbalances. Acupuncture can help with many different ailments and recently has come to be widely accepted as an excellent additional treatment for substance use disorders.
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What Is Acupuncture Therapy?
Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years, with its roots in traditional Chinese medicine. It can treat many different kinds of illnesses and disorders, and serves as a general wellness practice. Today, acupuncture is a common practice as part of Western medicine as well. More recently, it has become commonplace as an option in addiction treatment programs like the one at Apex Recovery.
The practice of acupuncture involves inserting very fine needles into the skin. Not anyone can do this, of course, it must be done by those trained in the practice. The needles are placed in alignment with what is known as the body’s meridians, also known as energy pathways. Because the needles are so fine, most people do not even feel them being inserted. There are thousands of acupuncture points all over the body, from head to toe.
Acupuncture Therapy Program
Acupuncture can be especially helpful in managing withdrawal symptoms when going through a detox from drugs or alcohol. Withdrawal symptoms can include muscular pain, headaches, nausea, and dizziness. Detox can also bring on high blood pressure and breathing issues, and acupuncture can help with these symptoms by focusing on acupuncture points in the ear.
When treating addiction, finding ways to manage cravings so that someone does not fall victim to a relapse is a primary focus. Acupuncture can lessen cravings so that a more successful treatment and recovery journey can ensue.
Acupuncture treatments take place in a private and relaxed setting where the affected person can feel calm and comfortable when the needles are inserted.
Additional benefits of acupuncture during substance use disorder treatment include:
- Having a way to manage chronic pain without medicated-assisted treatment (MAT). The ability to treat addiction without using another addictive substance is a healthy alternative option.
- The ability to manage co-occurring mental health symptoms. Mental health issues commonly accompany a substance use disorder, so having safe, alternative ways to manage your mental health as you go through treatment and recovery for a substance use disorder is key.
- Balance is restored in your body. Addiction wreaks havoc on your total emotional, physical, and mental well-being. Finding ways to restore a healthy balance so that all of your systems are in good working order will get you back to a healthier version of yourself quicker and also reduce your risk of relapse.
- Acupuncture causes a release of endorphins. Feeling good goes a long way. Promoting positivity, being happy, and having an overall feeling of contentment will only support your sobriety for the long term.
Join Apex Recovery’s Acupuncture Therapy Program in San Diego
If you are interested in an addiction rehab program that offers acupuncture therapy as part of its therapeutic programming, then reach out to Apex Recovery San Diego. Experiential therapies like acupuncture work alongside traditional talk and behavioral therapies for a holistic and well-rounded treatment experience. When looking for substance use disorder treatment programs, consider Apex Recovery San Diego. Call 619.458.3435 to fill out our online contact form for more information.