Acupuncture therapy is an ancient practice of Traditional Chinese medicine, during which, thin, sterile needles are inserted into different pressure points throughout the body. There are numerous proven benefits associated with acupuncture therapy, especially when it comes to addiction treatment. At Guardian Recovery Network we utilize acupuncture therapy as part of our highly integrated, holistically-based recovery program.
According to an article published by John Hopkins Medicine, there are over 2,000 acupuncture pressure points in the human body, and these points are interconnected by a series of meridians (or pathways). These meridians create a flow of energy that is largely responsible for overall health and well-being, and applying acupuncture to certain points along these meridians can improve energy flow and contribute to an improvement of physical, mental and emotional wellness. In the year 1997 the National Institute of Health officially accepted acupuncture therapy as a viable form of complementary therapy, according to an article published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information titled, “Acupuncture Therapy for Drug Addiction.” This study suggests that acupuncture has been proven to increase the levels of dopamine, serotonin, epinephrine and norepinephrine present in the system, which can diminish psychological drug cravings and help alleviate the more uncomfortable symptoms associated with acute and post-acute drug withdrawal.