When it comes to addiction recovery and especially dual diagnosis treatment, there is no substitute for the hard work of a rehabilitation program that focuses on individual and group counseling. However, supplemental types of treatment can prove effective at reducing symptoms of addiction such as cravings and emotional distress.
Acupuncture is known to treat a long list of issues of physical and mental health for patients looking for an alternative or addition to their treatment through western medicine. Traditional Chinese medicine may differ quite a lot from the concepts and approach of most American doctors but it has proven to be effective in many cases at helping to treat both addiction and mental health issues.
Dual diagnosis patients can reap the benefits of acupuncture as a supplement to their normal rehabilitation treatment for a more complete recovery.
Benefits of Acupuncture
Acupuncture is used to treat a wide variety of illnesses from pain issues, insomnia, digestion and stress. While some people turn to acupuncture as an alternative to western methods that have proven ineffective, it can also work well as a supplement to existing treatment programs. When it comes to addiction, acupuncture has had enough success with patients to be incorporated into many modern rehab centers.
It is used to treat a number of issues related to addiction including withdrawal symptoms, physical pain, emotional problems and troubles with sleeping. Acupuncture can be useful in rebalancing patients from day to day especially in early recovery as they go through a rollercoaster of physical and mental changes.
For patients with a dual diagnosis, acupuncture can also focus on improving emotional issues by reducing symptoms of anxiety, depression and stress in general. For most people, acupuncture is a relaxing experience that can refresh them throughout the difficult work of rehab and provide an additional boost to their mental health and well-being.
Treating Addiction Symptoms
The concept behind acupuncture is that it stimulates points in the body through needles that work to correct imbalances in the flow of Qi or energy. It is said to help open up blocked meridians which are channels where energy needs to flow freely.
While some mainstream medical professionals may disagree with this theory, there is plenty of evidence supporting acupuncture as a useful means of treating a variety of health problems. Many patients that are treated using auricular acupuncture (addiction treatment that focuses on points of the ear) have proven to test clean for drug use more often than those without any acupuncture treatment.
Addicts who receive acupuncture treatment are often surprised by how well it can reduce withdrawal symptoms and more importantly allow them to get more in touch with their emotions. While the needle placement does not typically hurt, it can work well in opening up blocked out emotions causing patients to cry after treatment or simply feel things they have been numb to for years.
People receiving acupuncture are able to tap into feelings that have been repressed which can benefit them as they attend regular therapy sessions and work through emotional issues.
Acupuncture can treat addiction is multiple ways and proves particularly beneficial for patients with a dual diagnosis receiving rehab treatment. Regular treatment sessions can help reduce the pain that people experience in early recovery and help their emotions flow more freely throughout their rehabilitation.
While acupuncture on its own is not enough to cure addiction or treat a mental illness, it can be a useful tool in providing some additional help for people who are struggling with their treatment. It can alleviate symptoms that may interfere with recovery and allow patients a welcome break from their hard work in therapy.