Acupuncture for Addiction Recovery

Starting your journey to recovery from addiction is a big step, and finding the right support is crucial. In the US, acupuncture has gained recognition in recent years for its role in addiction recovery, helping to decrease anxiety and stress, and providing relief for common withdrawal symptoms.

Each person's recovery journey is unique, and acupuncture can help make it smoother. It can help restore your balance and strength, enabling you to 'get back on your field' with confidence and resilience.

What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture involves the precise insertion of fine needles into specific points on the body to enhance natural healing processes. This technique can support addiction recovery by helping regulate bodily functions and promoting mental well-being.

Contemporary research shows that acupuncture may stimulate the brain to release endorphins, boosting feelings of well-being and increasing pain tolerance. This is particularly beneficial for managing withdrawal symptoms.

For more detailed information on how acupuncture works and its benefits, click the link below.

Does Acupuncture Help with Addictions?

Since the 1970s, acupuncture has offered a supportive rolein addiction recovery, notably for tobacco, cocaine, and heroin addictions. Research published in reputable journals points to its benefits in reducing cravings, easing withdrawal symptoms, and enhancing emotional well-being.

When paired with therapies like counseling and support groups, acupuncture has shown to improve retention in rehab, decrease anxiety and stress, and promote better sleep quality.

This holistic approach not only addresses the physical aspects of addiction but also supports emotional regulation, making the journey towards recovery more manageable.

Benefits of a Holistic Approach to Recovery

Each journey through addiction is as unique as the individual experiencing it, shaped by personal challenges, emotions, and life events. This is why a one-size-fits-all recovery approach will not always lead to sustained abstinence. 

Instead, approaching recovery in a way that encompasses all aspects of an individual's life—work, family, social connections, and health—is crucial. 

Acupuncture, when integrated into such a comprehensive recovery strategy, can lead to multiple benefits. It serves not just as a treatment for physical symptoms, but as a holistic healing practice that addresses emotional and mental health needs.

What to Expect From an Acupuncture Session


Upon arriving at your nearest clinic, you'll be checked in by our Zen Advisor, who will help you with patient history forms and introduce you to the Modern Acupuncture method through a brief video. 


A licensed acupuncturist will discuss your wellness concerns and goals before administering a personalized treatment.

 As you relax for 20 to 30 minutes, therapeutic music and calming nature scenes enhance your experience, aiming for both physical relief and mental peace.


After the session, you'll receive a personalized treatment plan and answers to any questions in the lobby. 

A Zen Advisor will arrange your next visit based on your personalized treatment plan.

Great Relief, Great Savings

At Modern Acupuncture, first-time patients can save up to 50% on their first acupuncture session! Finding lasting relief for the issues you've been experiencing for so long has never been more affordable and easier. Keep scrolling to find an acupuncture clinic near you!

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Is acupuncture safe as part of addiction treatment?

Yes, acupuncture is a safe and natural treatment when performed by a licensed practitioner. It's a non-invasive method that can complement traditional addiction treatments by offering a holistic approach to healing, focusing on both physical and emotional recovery.

Does acupuncture hurt?

Most people find cosmetic acupuncture to be a relatively comfortable experience. The needles used are extremely thin, causing minimal sensation upon insertion. Some might feel a slight tingling or warmth, which is a sign of the energy flow being activated, but it's generally not painful.

How long does an acupuncture session last?

The total visit time is 30 minutes or less. Acupuncture treatments are 20 minutes. First-time patients need extra time to fill out patient forms.

Is insurance required?

Our sessions and membership plans are very affordable so insurance isn't required. HSA and FSA plans are accepted.

Can acupuncture replace conventional addiction treatments?

While acupuncture can significantly aid in the recovery process, it's best used in conjunction with other treatments, such as counseling, therapy, and medical care. It's a complementary approach that enhances traditional methods by addressing the whole person, not a standalone cure for addiction. 

Do I need an appointment?

Appointments are highly encouraged to secure a preferred time. Check the clinic nearest you for walk-in availability.

Are there any side effects?

Side effects after treatment are uncommon, with most people leaving our clinics feeling deeply relaxed.

Some patients may experience mild disorientation, which typically resolves with a brief rest. We recommend eating a small meal before the session to prevent feelings of dizziness or tiredness afterward.

As a patient, what can I do to make my treatment more effective?

To make your treatment as effective as possible, consider these tips:

  • Complete patient forms online before your appointment to save time.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing to allow your licensed acupuncturist easy access to acupuncture points.
  • Arrive at least 5 minutes early to settle in, choose your tea, and silence your phone.
  • Openly share your wellness concerns and goals with your acupuncturist.
  • Relax during your session; it's perfectly fine to fall asleep!
  • Take your acupuncturist's lifestyle advice seriously and incorporate it into your daily routine.
  • Remember, acupuncture benefits are cumulative and optimal results require time and consistency!

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