Acupuncture has been used for the treatment of a wide variety of ailments for over 2,500 years. Within the United States acupuncture has been recognized as an effective method in an integrated addiction treatment protocol, with the movement beginning in 1976. Acupuncture focuses on the energy that flows throughout our bodies, called Qi. It is believed that abusing substances can block or interrupt the natural energy flow within our bodies, creating imbalance. By unblocking the energy and reinitiating its natural flow, we may facilitate the healing processes, resolve discomfort and foster the well-being of our residents.
An acupuncturist will first perform a thorough assessment which will dictate his or her treatment plan. Acupuncture uses specialized, hair-thin needles that are placed lightly into the skin in distinct locations on the resident’s body. Acupuncture in general is not a painful therapy.
Acupuncture has shown promising results in areas related to addiction such as:
- Reducing anxiety
- Improving sleep
- Easing withdrawal
- Easing pain
- Decreasing nausea
- Relieving constipation and bloating
- Stabilizing emotional balance
At AToN Center we have highly educated and qualified acupuncturists who will assess our resident’s symptoms and will customize this therapy accordingly. At AToN we have acupuncture available as a vital integrative modality to help residents sustain wellness and sobriety.