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Acupuncture for Pain Management


Acupuncture is a complementary medicine practice used to treat a broad variety of physical, emotional, and mental health concerns. At Complete Harmony, many of our clients report proven success with acupuncture therapy for management of pain, withdrawal symptoms, insomnia, anxiety, and more. For individuals dealing with severe pain and struggling to detox from narcotics and opiates, we often recommend acupuncture therapy as a drug-free, alternative pain relief method.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Just as narcotics and other drugs stimulate the release of endorphins (natural painkillers) into the brain, your body reacts in a similar way to acupuncture therapy. Our licensed practitioners insert tiny, thin needles along the body’s acupuncture meridians to unblock the Qi, or energy flow. As energy moves more efficiently along the body’s pathways, it impacts physiology and emotional balance.

In some cases, practitioners use auricular (ear) acupuncture in addition to whole-body acupuncture. This “micromeridian” style of acupuncture treatment treats points on the ear associated with the liver, kidney, lung, and nervous systems: parts of the body that become weak and unhealthy with prolonged substance abuse.

Benefits of Acupuncture for Addiction Recovery

In addition to providing a non-pharmaceutical pain management alternative and reducing the desire to self-medicate with narcotics, acupuncture offers other holistic benefits:

· Releases endorphins and “happiness” hormones that promote relaxation and help to manage cravings.
· Rids tissues of toxins built up during substance abuse.
· Relieves headaches and pain caused by injury or degenerative disease.
· Puts patients into a relaxed, meditative state.
· Leads to an overall enhanced sense of well-being.

Acupuncture as an Alternative to Self-Medicating

At Complete Harmony, we work with many clients who consume alcohol and drugs to manage a dual diagnosis or disabling pain condition. Acupuncture is part of an integrative treatment approach that helps clients break the pain cycle and shorten the detox phase.

In addition to acupuncture therapy, Complete Harmony’s holistic CA rehab program also offers massage, chiropractic care, yoga, mindfulness therapies, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and other cutting-edge alternatives to make clients more comfortable during their residential treatment program. If you are searching for an integrative, non-12-step recovery program, call or submit your confidential online inquiry to our holistic rehab today.

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