What is AcuDetox for drug and alcohol addiction rehabilitation?

If you or a loved one is suffering from an addiction to drugs or alcohol and you’re looking into treatment options, you might have run across a form of detoxification called AcuDetox.  When our clients first come to Phoenix Recovery Center in Maryland for addiction treatment, they often have many questions about this particular therapeutic approach that we offer here.  Many people have never heard of it and aren’t aware of the beneficial effects that it can have during recovery.  Some people, when they hear that the approach involves acupuncture, are worried that it’s a very new agey technique that will probably hurt and won’t offer any real medically-proven results.  If you, too, are skeptical, then let me tell you a little more about this form of treatment.

AcuDetox: The Basics
First, allow me to begin by saying we offer many therapeutic approaches at Phoenix Recovery Center, including guided meditation, group therapy, walking groups, aromatherapy, standard detoxification, a Family Education Program, individual therapy, and yes, we also offer AcuDetox.  AcuDetox is performed daily by a licensed specialist at our facility and it involves the placement of acupuncture needles in five points on each ear.  Once the needles are placed, our clients sit in our community room for 30 to 45 minutes, quietly relaxing.

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AcuDetox is also known as: acupuncture detoxification, auriculoacupuncture, auriculotherapy, ear acupuncture, and five-point ear acupuncture.

The needles we use are fine gauge, disposable, sterilized, and stainless steel.  If you are afraid they might cause you pain, don’t worry—you’ll barely feel a quick prick as each needle enters your skin. 

Each of the five points in the ear corresponds to a specific point in the body.  One affects the parasympathetic nervous system and the others affect the heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys.  By activating these points through acupuncture, your body will become more relaxed, while also becoming more effective at cleansing your system of any toxins.

The benefits of AcuDetox are numerous.  Studies have shown that it can relieve withdrawal symptoms, reduce cravings, ease stress and anxiety, improve sleep, lessen depression, and alleviate aches and pains.  For more information about studies that have been conducted on the use of AcuDetox in the treatment of addictions, read “Evidence for the NADA Protocol: Summary of Research” by the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association.

Is AcuDetox right for you?
At Phoenix Recovery Center, we believe that our clients benefit from a varied, well-rounded approach to addiction treatment.  Including AcuDetox in our program has been extremely beneficial to many who have walked through our doors.  If you are on the fence about whether it might help you or if you have any questions, we would be happy to talk to you and answer any questions you might have. 

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Are you seeking a comfortable, safe drug and alcohol treatment facility in Maryland or the Mid-Atlantic region (Pennsylvania, Virginia, New Jersey, Delaware, or Washington, D.C.) ?  Call Phoenix Recovery Center.
As a recovery center, we want to equip each and every one of our clients with the knowledge and support systems they need in order to get clean, stay sober, and live a joyful life, free from addiction.  We work with families to help stop the cycles of addiction and the enabling patterns which prevent their loved ones from finding sobriety.  We also establish aftercare for our patients upon completing treatment to help them continue down their path of sobriety.



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