Acupuncture for addiction treatment and other mental health disorders is recommended by the World Health Organization for its therapeutic effectiveness. It works especially well as a complementary approach when combined with other therapies.

Acupuncture is an ancient healing practice that originates from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

The practice involves inserting specialized needles into distinct points on the body to stimulate the natural flow of energy and promote holistic healing.

Dr. Wen of Hong Kong first reported the efficacy of acupuncture for treating opiate addiction and opioid withdrawal symptoms in 1972.

More recently, healthcare professionals have recognized the potential benefits of acupuncture as a form of treatment for various types of addiction and mental health conditions.

Summit Malibu uses acupuncture combined with other evidence-based therapies for addiction and mental health issues as a holistic way of healing the mind, body, and soul.

Acupuncture as a Treatment Method

Acupuncture has a long history of use that dates back over 2,500 years.

It is based on the belief that an energy known as “qi” flows through various meridians in the body.

When this natural flow of energy in the body is blocked or out of balance, it can lead to a range of physical and mental health issues.

The goal of acupuncture is to restore the balance of energy and improve the body’s natural healing abilities.

The therapeutic use of acupuncture involves inserting needles into specific points on the body that correspond to the meridians.

By stimulating these points, an acupuncture therapist works to increase the flow of energy and promote a person’s overall health and well-being.

The World Health Organization recommends acupuncture for treating more than 100 healthcare conditions including:

  • Alcohol dependence and detoxification
  • Opiate, cocaine, and heroin dependence
  • Tobacco dependence
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Insomnia

It’s important to note that acupuncture is not a standalone treatment for addiction.

This form of therapy is most effective when used as part of a comprehensive addiction treatment program that also includes drug and alcohol detox, counseling, and other substance use therapies.

Benefits of Acupuncture in Addiction Treatment

  1. Reduces Stress

Acupuncture has shown to be effective for reducing stress and anxiety, which are contributing factors that often lead to substance use and addiction.

By promoting relaxation and the release of endorphins, acupuncture helps individuals better cope with stress and emotions during recovery.

  1. Improves Pain Management

It’s common for many people who struggle with addiction to also experience chronic pain.

Acupuncture has shown to be a powerful, drug-free treatment for reducing pain without the risk of using addictive pain medications like opioids.

  1. Reduces Withdrawal Symptoms

Acupuncture can be helpful for reducing uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms while detoxing from drugs or alcohol.

By targeting specific areas, it helps renew the natural balance and flow of energy in the body to minimize discomfort during withdrawal.

  1. Restores Healthy Sleep Patterns

Insomnia and irregular sleep patterns are common for those in addiction recovery. Acupuncture can enhance relaxation, which helps restore healthy sleep patterns that are essential for improving overall health.

  1. Supports Mental Health Treatment

Addiction often co-occurs with mental health disorders like depression and anxiety. Acupuncture is an excellent complementary therapy that supports other forms of mental health treatment to promote a sense of calm and improve mood.

  1. Holistic Approach

Acupuncture embraces a holistic view of healing the mind, body, and soul, by addressing the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of an individual.

Even though acupuncture is a centuries-old practice, it offers a range of benefits that reduce stress, help manage pain, and restore the body’s natural balance and flow of energy.

Summit Malibu integrates acupuncture into our comprehensive addiction treatment program to improve the health and well-being of our residents, and ensure a successful long-term recovery.

To learn more about Acupuncture for Addiction Treatment at Summit Malibu, contact us at: (310) 742-1882