If there is any one factor which contributes to the continuation of heroin and opioid addiction, it might be the withdrawals. Symptoms of withdrawals for heroin and opioid addiction are some of the most severe. Body aches to the extreme, flu like symptoms beyond normal, restless legs, and an incessant craving for drugs leave addicts trying to recover so weak and vulnerable, they often return to using drugs. Despite the inherent consequences of using opioids once again- like having to go through withdrawal once again- the relief of opioids is preferable to the symptoms of withdrawal. Anything, most addicts feel, to make the pain and cravings stop.
Making detox from heroin and opioids easier is a primary focus of many researchers and treatment providers. If they can reduce the severity of detox symptoms, they might have a better chance of keeping more addicts seeking recovery in recovery. For many years now turning to alternative therapy types like yoga, massage, and acupuncture, have become relied upon practices for reducing pain and increasing wellness during detox.
Acupuncture is an ancient treatment method used in eastern traditions. Unlike western medicine, eastern medicine is preventative. Most western medicine seeks to treat the problem once the problem is already present. Acupuncture helps to treat the immediate symptoms of withdrawal while simultaneously equipping the body. Reducing the severity of symptoms helps the body prepare to fight future symptoms with a greater sense of strength as well as ease. Acupuncture works by using acupressure points which correlate to different channels for energy, targeting emotional experiences as well as functions of specific organs. In the philosophy of acupuncture, and most eastern medicine, everything is connected. An unexpressed emotion leads to stagnant energy which can cause dysfunction in an organ. Needless to say, the mind, body, and spirit of a heroin and/or opioid addict is dysfunctional. Acupuncture helps clear old energy, heal the body, purify the mind, and replenish the spirit.
Acupuncture In And Out Of Treatment
Finding an acupuncturist outside of treatment requires a few simple steps. First, call your insurance to see if preventative treatments like acupuncture are covered. You can find an acupuncture provider within your network. If not, search for acupuncturists in your area. You might be able to find an acupuncturist who specifically works with addiction. If not, call a few acupuncturists and explain your situation. They might be able to come do a treatment in your home if you have chosen to do home detox.
Detox is most safely done in a supervised, clinical setting. If you or a loved one have become addicted to heroin and are in need of treatment, Avalon By The Sea is here to help. Our beautiful estate is home to our addiction treatment center, surrounded by the serene coastline of Malibu, California. For a confidential assessment and more information on our programs, call 1 888-958-7511.