Acupuncture can help relieve opioid addiction and more…
Acupuncture is an effective option to consider for patients detoxifying, and recovering from addictions. This includes recovery from alcohol, meth, cocaine, marijuana…and more than ever opioids.
Particularly, I have used acupuncture for patients in recovery, and often conduct these treatments in group acupuncture settings.
Here’s how group acupuncture can work for you (or your facility) to help patients in recovery:
Groups of 15+ clients are treated at a time. Each person may have acupuncture needles placed in his/her ears, scalp or hands.
The needles are retained for approximately 15-20 minutes while the clients relax in comfortable chairs (or put their heads on pillows at their tables, to nap). The needles are then removed.
Following these sessions, people feel more relaxed, grounded and centered. They also report feeling reduced cravings and find themselves focusing on proactive steps to take in their programs.
Yes, acupuncture can ease the transition from addiction to recovery!
Acupuncture is a great therapy to include during chemical dependency/addiction treatment programs. It is also a great therapy to include for maintenance and aftercare.
Acupuncture, being highly portable, is easy to integrate into recovery programs (it has a small “foot print”) and does not require any special equipment, other than a room with comfortable chairs or tables with pillows placed on them. I would be happy to discuss how an acupuncture program can be integrated in clinics or working spaces you encounter.
Keep in mind that not all acupuncturists specialize in detoxification acupuncture, so it is important to inquire about this.You also want to work with a “Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac)” and not a “certified acupuncturist”. There is a big difference in training.
I am a MN Board of Medical Practice Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.) and have been doing detoxification acupuncture–and acupuncture for addiction recovery–since 1996.
If you have patients in the St. Cloud area/metro area (or even outlying areas), or you would like to talk to me about how acupuncture may benefit you (or fellow patients in your area), please call me to discuss details.