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Holistic treatment for addiction and mental health issues includes more than traditional therapeutic methods, and at Avalon by the Sea, Malibu, our therapists and doctors combine individual and group therapy with alternative treatments to balance both the physical and mental strain of addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders.
We offer several alternative techniques, including acupuncture therapy, that incite a sense of freedom and power within your mind, body, and spirit. Our board-certified physicians evaluate residents on an individual basis to determine whether acupuncture therapy would benefit your well being.
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicinal treatment that uses minuscule needles to penetrate the skin. Within acupuncture treatment is a belief that specific points in the body are responsible for the flow of energy or qi (CHEE), which stabilizes your health. Qi moves through channels called meridians, which allows energy to stream throughout your body.
When you feel fatigued, overwhelmed, or sick, it is a sign that certain acupuncture points are blocked, thereby upsetting your qi and creating an imbalance. In an addiction treatment setting, acupuncture focuses on the nerves, muscles, and tissues that are intermixed within acupuncture points and aims to boost the body’s activity so that you feel energized, alive, motivated and come to a place of ultimate serenity.
When you allow your qi to flow freely, you will feel a weight lifted off of your shoulders. With addiction and co-occurring disorders comes ample suffering from the many experiences that led you to your current state. The burden of addiction affects all aspects of your well being and takes away your ability to process emotional and bodily responses, but when given the opportunity to release your pain, you will achieve inner balance and rationality.
The muscles are a particular group that tend to retain memory from traumatic experiences and abuse. Without a proper approach to your muscular health, you may continue to feel soreness in particular regions, which could trigger memories that increase the risk of relapse. Acupuncture has proven to improve circulation throughout the body and help revitalize the muscles, contributing to a sense of calm. Essentially, you are no longer bound to the discomfort your body feels, and instead you can find clarity with this new-found freedom.
Several of the holistic treatments we offer require the body’s participation, and if we find that you benefit from therapeutic physical activity, it’s helpful if your body is capable of moving efficiently. Acupuncture helps dissolve muscle strain and allows you to focus on their particular movements throughout therapy rather than feel frustrated at your body’s resistance.
Acupuncture is an ancient technique that has been in practice for thousands of years, but it is also a gradual process that takes time to integrate with your spirit. During an individual evaluation process, your counselor can outline a therapeutic plan that details the frequency of acupuncture treatment if we recognize it as a beneficial option for your needs.
Typically, you will receive treatment from a certified acupuncturist once or twice weekly along with the parameters set by your course of therapy for your addiction and co-occurring disorder. With time, you should experience a development in overall wellness and peace.
We would be happy to discuss acupuncture therapy with you further during a personal and confidential interview. Please contact us at 888-958-7511 today to learn more about how we can help you achieve lasting fulfillment.