Acupuncture is a centuries-old alternative medicine treatment developed in China in which very thin needles are placed into the skin in strategic locations. A virtually painless process, it is used to treat a wide range of conditions. We use it to complement other forms of treatment at our addiction recovery in Sacramento.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture should be performed by a trained practitioner, who places needles in different location based on the desired effect. In addiction treatment, proponents believe that the practice can:
- Help reduce drug and alcohol cravings
- Reduce withdrawal symptoms like pain, nausea, and discomfort
- Help stabilize emotions
- Decrease stress and anxiety
- Relax tense muscles
- Improve sleep
While many scientific studies have been done on acupuncture, the precise mechanism for any benefits it produces is not yet clear. Western experts tend to focus on how acupuncture may stimulate nerves and cause the release of various neurochemicals that promote feelings of wellness and enhanced self control.
Practitioners who adhere to the tenets of Traditional Chinese Medicine believe that the body has a system of meridians or pathways through which life energy known as Qi flows. The insertion of needles at key points around this system helps remove obstructions and bring the system back into balance.
In either case, proponents feel that acupuncture as part of an addiction recovery program helps people achieve and maintain sobriety.
Acupuncture Pros and Cons
Like any treatment, there are advantages and disadvantages as reported by those receiving acupuncture. Many people note some or all of the benefits listed above, from a reduced desire for drugs or alcohol to lower stress and better sleep.
With those who cite disadvantages, the downside tends to be minor. For example, acupuncture may be considered time-consuming, as appointments include both the insertion of needles and relaxation time with them in place. And, some people report that while they do experience benefits, those benefits are short-lived and the treatment must be received again.
The Full Spectrum of Traditional and Holistic Treatments
Every person’s experience with addiction and recovery is unique. Treatments that are very effective with one person may produce a less satisfying result for another. That’s why at New Dawn addiction recovery in Sacramento we offer a wide range of treatments. This gives us many options as we seek the optimal treatment plan for every person that comes to us for assistance. Learn more by reviewing the list of services on our website and also by contacting us. We’re happy to answer your questions and explain our offerings in detail.