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Acupuncture for Addiction Recovery: A Holistic Approach

Updated: Sep 22, 2023

Addiction is a complex challenge, and many individuals are turning to natural therapies like acupuncture to aid in their recovery.



Here's a brief look at how acupuncture can be beneficial for those seeking to overcome addictive substances.


How Acupuncture Supports Addiction Recovery

  • Stress Reduction: Acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins, reducing stress and promoting relaxation.

  • Craving Control: By targeting specific points related to addiction, acupuncture helps reduce cravings for substances.

  • Detoxification: It supports the body's natural detox processes by improving circulation and restoring balance.

  • Emotional Balance: Acupuncture addresses emotional imbalances, which are often linked to addiction.

  • Pain Management: It provides relief from withdrawal symptoms, making recovery more manageable.


Acupuncture affects neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin, impacting cravings and mood. It’s a holistic approach to addiction recovery, addressing both physical and emotional aspects.



One of the most popular styles of acupuncture for addiction recovery is auricular/ear acupuncture. This style is used in rehabilitation clinics and recovery facilities, and can be done daily for stronger initial support.



More resources:

  • National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH): "Acupuncture." https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/acupuncture-what-you-need-to-know

  • WebMD: "Acupuncture for Pain Management." https://www.webmd.com/pain-management/ss/slideshow-acupuncture-overview



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