Acupuncture, the placement of very fine needles in specific points on the body, is believed to predate recorded history and is still used in modern Chinese medicine today. Based on the concept that disease is caused by disruptions to the flow of energy in the body, acupuncture unblocks the current by stimulating points under the skin. The benefits of acupuncture are felt in the mind and body. Increased circulation, enhanced healing, reduced pain, strengthened body and relaxation are among the benefits that have kept this practice essential to cultures through human history.
The disease of addiction affects the mind, body and soul. Those who suffer from addiction experience physical pain and mental anguish through imbalance. Acupuncture can relieve these symptoms when the body’s flow is reestablished. Studies show that acupuncture can help drug addiction by releasing your body’s natural endorphins, resulting in feelings of well-being and higher pain tolerance.
Acupuncture is utilized by those in addiction and recovery by:
- Decreasing withdrawal symptoms
- Managing cravings
- Relaxing the mind and body
- Balancing the body’s flow of chemicals
- Enhancing mental and physical functions
Recovery looks different to different people; and for success, it must be as individualized as the addict themselves. Acupuncture may be a vital part of a holistic treatment plan. Studies observing acupuncture as a component of addiction recovery have reported it was beneficial in alcohol, cocaine and opioid addictions. Findings linked successful recovery with the stress reduction and relief from pain that acupuncture achieves.