5 Benefits of Acupuncture for People in Addiction Recovery

5 Benefits of Acupuncture for People in Addiction Recovery

At Aurora Recovery Centre (ARC) and ARC Counselling we offer acupuncture along with other alternative therapies to help people in recovery. Now, acupuncture is not a cure for addiction, but it is a tool many people can use in their recovery.

Here are five benefits of using acupuncture in your holistic relapse prevention plan.


5-point Ear Acupuncture for Addiction Recovery

The 5-point treatment involves placing five needles into different points in each outer ear and leaving them in place for about 30 minutes.

The points calm the nervous system, aids relaxation, reduces anxiety and nervousness. They also support the healing of your organs, along with helping detox and purify the blood.

One point, the lung point, allows people to let go of grief and increases air circulation.

Helps with detoxification, blood purification and managing aggression.

Here are five benefits of using acupuncture in your holistic relapse prevention plan.


Manages chronic or acute pain without medication

People in recovery need to be careful of taking certain medication to manage pain so they don’t relapse. This makes it difficult to effectively relieve their chronic or acute pain. Acupuncture is widely used to help people with their pain because it naturally stimulates the body’s pain-killing centers.

Improves sleep

Studies have proven that acupuncture treats insomnia without using potentially addictive medications. For people in recovery, sleeping problems are quite common, but it’s vital to take care of your body and mind to minimize the risk of relapse.

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Reduces stress

In the early stages of recovery, managing cravings is challenging.  Using the different points above help reduce and manage those cravings.



Overcome depression

Recent research shows that acupuncture can be used as an alternative medicine to treat depression. Substance abuse and co-occurring mental health issues often go together. By managing the underlying mental health disorders, you can have more chance at a successful recovery.

Stress and anxiety relief

People in recovery need to find healthy ways to manage and relieve stress. Acupuncture can be integrated with an overall stress management plan, allowing someone to stay calm and grounded.






The benefits of acupuncture help maintain a well-rounded recovery. However, it is not a be all, end all. If you or a loved one is suffering with an addiction, contact Aurora Recovery Centre or ARC Counselling today.

Aurora Recovery Centre’s philosophies are consistently reflected in the way we value our members and staff. Everything we do is in the interest of our members’ recovery for life.

Aurora’s treatment process is built upon a member-first culture and stands on three pillars that reflect our philosophy toward our members’ recovery: Heal, Connect and Recover.

Our modern world-class facilities are located on the serene western shore of Lake Winnipeg, accompanied by miles of wooded trails and breathtaking sunrises, with amenities that support healing.

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