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Holistic Treatment in Recovery: Massage and Acupuncture

Holistic Treatment in Recovery: Massage and Acupuncture

Addiction is a very serious and complex illness that develops over time, leading to significant damage not only physically, but mentally and emotionally too. For this reason, there is increasingly a move towards a holistic rehab approach to drug addiction treatment that embraces other forms of therapy, providing more alternatives to people in rehab. Two of the main therapies used in drug and alcohol rehab in Orange County are massage and acupuncture and here we take a look at what both therapies have to offer someone in addiction treatment.

Massage Therapy

Holistic addiction treatments are designed to allow patients to regain control of their lives. Whereas traditional rehab uses medical treatments to improve a patient’s overall wellbeing, a holistic rehab approach to alcohol addiction relies on complementary or alternative therapies. Massage is becoming one of the most popular methods in rehab and is particularly beneficial in the detox process as a means to help addicts manage the stress of withdrawal.

Massage therapy basically uses different bodywork techniques to relieve tension and quiet the mind. Patients are pressed and kneaded by the therapist in a process that is relaxing and deeply soothing. Some massage methods such as Swedish include a deep tissue massage, where oils and lotions are used to complement this very tactile treatment. Overall, addicts are able to gain some of the feelings they may have achieved by abusing substances through the release of dopamine which produces a sense of euphoria. This is one of the principal reasons massage is so effective in drug and alcohol addiction treatment.


Acupuncture is a very ancient Chinese method of healing that uses the manipulation of various points of the body with the use of long and very fine needles. Acupuncture has also been proven by research to be highly effective in treating cocaine addiction in particular, especially when the course of treatment is intensive. In a similar way to massage, acupuncture also stimulates dopamine production, which serves to eliminate cravings in someone recovering from more dangerously addictive substances like heroin and cocaine.

Acupuncture works by balancing the flow of energy in the body by stimulating various systems including the cardiovascular, endocrine, immune, nervous and digestive, producing positive effects. It is a particularly beneficial holistic treatment for addiction as it achieves the following:

  • Decreases withdrawal symptoms
  • Manages cravings
  • Relaxes the mind and body
  • Balances the body’s flow of chemicals
  • Enhances mental and physical functions

Find out More about Massage and Acupuncture in Rehab at CASA Recovery in San Juan Capistrano, CA

If you or someone close to you is struggling with addiction issues and are seeking alcohol or drug rehabilitation in Southern California, we here at CASA Recovery are here to help you. We offer confidential and professional drug rehab in Orange County that uses both traditional and alternative treatments to deliver the most effective recovery program. Recognizing that there is a problem is the first big step towards overcoming addiction and contacting CASA Recovery in Southern California, is a vital second step. Contact us whenever you’re ready in complete confidence.

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