Substance addiction is difficult to control and even once you’re in a clean environment, it takes a lot of willpower to remain sober for the rest of your life. If you are a recovering addict who is struggling to get or stay clean, consider trying acupuncture in addition to your regular support group meetings and doctors’ visits.
If you’re struggling with cravings or even symptoms of withdrawal, acupuncture may be able to help. Patients have reported having less and less cravings during treatments, as well as a greater sense of relaxation that leads to deeper sleep. Acupuncture is also a natural way to release endorphins in the body, which can further curb cravings as well as help to reduce pain and discomfort associated with withdrawal. This can all help to make the withdrawal process easier and more manageable.
Acupuncture treatments use very fine needles, inserted just a bit into the skin in specific acupuncture points on the body, to relieve the tension and blockages in your body that can oftentimes lead to sickness, and can even contribute to bad habits like overeating or other substance abuse.
Patients that have undergone treatments have reported a calm and peaceful feeling in their minds and bodies. If the process of detoxing is just beginning, we recommend that patients attend two to four sessions a week, and then slowly taper off into weekly sessions. For example, three visits in a week and motivated smokers can quit.
The addition of acupuncture to your regimen of counseling and support can help to curb relapse, and will help you through an otherwise very uncomfortable process, so that you can move forward with a happy, healthy, clean life.