When addiction takes hold of one’s life, there is always a reason or even multiple reasons behind it. Treatments used in addiction recovery can be as varied as the impetus of the substance use and abuse in its early stages.
We are all energy, so some experts believe that when a traumatic event or stresses occur, there can be a disruption of energy flow; a blockage or excess of negative energy that can exacerbate an addiction problem. Acupuncture for addiction can help renew the level of good energy and get a person’s yin and yang back in balance.
Common Acupuncture for Addiction
The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association, or NADA, endorses the Five Point Ear Acupuncture Protocol. While research is still needed, many addiction treatment professionals have found that this acupuncture protocol improves program retention and helps those in recovery resist cravings and maintain sobriety by boosting these systems of the body:
The Five-Point Protocol
Therapy of acupuncture for addiction is usually done in about a 30- to 45-minute session. Paper-thin needles are placed into the five key points of each ear, and then the client rests in silence.
The five points stimulated to aid the body are:
- Autonomic – calms the nerves
- Shen Men or Spirit Gate – reduces anxiety
- Kidney – heals internal organs
- Liver – detoxification
- Lung – purifies breathing
Added Benefits of Acupuncture for Addiction
In addition to working to reconnect and balance the yin and yang, acupuncture can also help to alleviate physical pain. One of the greatest benefits of this is that it can eliminate the need for other pharmaceuticals, thus keeping the body as clean and drug-free as possible.
Other Treatment Services
At Summit Malibu we strive to incorporate all types of therapies to create the most complete and successful addiction recovery program for each client. Contact us today for more information about our facilities and treatment services to help you or a loved one get back on the road to recovery.