Acupuncture Therapy as Addiction Treatment

The practice of acupuncture has been around for centuries, originating in China where it is still a major part of traditional Chinese medicine. The theory behind acupuncture is that it balances the flow of energy through the body. Medical studies indicate acupuncture

stimulates the release of endorphins, which alleviate pain and improve energy levels and mood. Acupuncture can be an effective holistic treatment for addiction when use alongside traditional medicine.

The form of acupuncture most beneficial to addicts in early recovery is called auricular

acupuncture. This involves the insertion of acupuncture needles into the patient’s ear. This form of treatment has been shown to ease withdrawal symptoms and reduce anxiety.

Auricular acupuncture, when combined with traditional medical detox, can help an addict get through the withdrawal phase with minimal discomfort.

For those patients already past the withdrawal stage, acupuncture is still a useful treatment for anxiety as well as chronic pain. The endorphins released during an acupuncture session are the body’s natural painkillers, operating on the same receptors as opiates but doing so safely. Patients report feeling calm, euphoric, and energized after acupuncture treatment.

It has also been shown to lessen cravings for those still early in sobriety.

Acupuncture is another great example of holistic therapy successfully applied to substance abuse treatment. It has the potential to benefit anyone suffering from anxiety, drug cravings, or the discomfort experienced during withdrawal.

At Evolutions Treatment Center we provide all sort of Holistic treatments starting with Acupuncture, meditation, Reiki and sound healing therapy as we believe recovery starts with a healthy mind.


Evolutions is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center located in beautiful South Florida. Our holistic approach to addiction treatment centers around addressing and healing the underlying issues at the root of addiction, rather than merely medicating symptoms away.

Our treatment program includes individual and group-based therapy to help clients understand and manage their symptoms and emotions.

If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction, alcoholism, or any co-occurring disorders please call us at (833) 818-3031 or visit