acupuncture for addiction

Acupuncture for Addiction

Trying to kick a bad habit? Have you tried Acupuncture for Addiction?

Addiction can be defined as a strong and harmful need to regularly take something such as a drug or do something such as gamble. As you can see, addiction can come in many different forms.  People can be addicted to illicit drugs like heroin just as easily as they can be addicted to sugar. But for the purpose of this article, let’s stick to illicit drugs and alcohol.

23.5 million people ages 12 or older have needed treatment for drug or alcohol addiction according to the Health Services Administration. And the treatments offered aren’t guaranteed, nor are they always easy. Fortunately, there are alternative treatment options that can be beneficial.

Have you tried acupuncture for addiction? Acupuncture is based on the connection of individual locations and energetic meridians found along the body. Micro-acupuncture has been used with good results for addiction. Micro-acupuncture uses points on a small part of the body, like the ear (Auricular Acupuncture), that also show a connection with balancing and restorative functions.

Auricular acupuncture is probably the most common technique used when treating addiction. There is a specific protocol utilized for treating addiction. It is called the NADA protocol. NADA stands for National Acupuncture Detoxification Association.  NADA was established in 1985 to promote education and training. The NADA protocol utilizes five specific points in the ear that not only address substance abuse, but also the emotional, physical and psychological attributes involved in addictions. This five-point protocol allows one practitioner to treat many patients at a time, making it more time-effective, as well as more cost-effective.

The NADA protocol consists of five specific points: the sympathetic point, the liver point, Shen Men, the kidney point, and the lung point. The sympathetic point balances the nervous systems and has a strong analgesic effect. Shen Men has a relaxing effect and helps alleviate anxiety and nervousness that may accompany withdrawals. The kidney point boosts the source energy of the body while helping to resolve fear and strengthen willpower. The liver point stimulates the liver system and aids in resolving anger and aggression. The lung point strengthens the immune system and accelerates detoxification. It also helps addicts deal with grief and letting go.  When somebody is going through the initial detoxification process, it is important to receive acupuncture treatments frequently until you are able to remain clean.

Acupuncture provides a solid foundation for recovery and rehabilitation. It is a supportive component of addiction treatment as well as a tool enabling addicts for a normal life after rehabilitation. Acupuncture works to enhance overall functioning in several ways. Because it is nonverbal, it helps reach patients that are resistant to change. It has been shown to reduce anxiety and agitation. And it helps develop an inner meditative state in those who are fearful or severely troubled.

Acupuncture for addiction and substance abuse offers a proven method of assisting people in the process of recovery without any side effects. Acupuncture provides relief of anxiety, depression, cravings and other withdrawal symptoms.  If you’re interested in learning more about acupuncture for addiction contact us and ask about our addiction cessation program – a program that works for many different types of addictions including smoking.


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