Clients at Lucida Treatment Center have access to many holistic and complementary therapies, one of which is acupuncture. More than 5,000 years ago, acupuncture was already thriving as a component of traditional Chinese medicine. Acupuncture is based on the belief that all living beings have a life force known as “qi” or “chi” that flows through the body’s pathways or meridians. During acupuncture, tiny needles are inserted into specific points along these meridians. The process is believed to re-balance the flow of energy throughout the body.
How Acupuncture Promotes Addiction Recovery
A natural procedure with no side effects, acupuncture can treat a wide range of addictions and mental health disorders. Clinical evidence supports the use of acupuncture for cocaine and crack addicts, alcoholics, heroin addicts, users of psychedelics, and people addicted to barbiturates and amphetamines.
Addicts report a marked reduction in drug cravings, relief from symptoms of withdrawal, feelings of relaxation and improved sleep. Research has shown that acupuncture can raise the level of endorphins in the central nervous system. Resembling opiates in structure and function, endorphins are the body’s natural painkillers.
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