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Acupuncture for addiction treatment

In the inpatient treatment program at Marworth, acupuncture is offered as an accompaniment during the detoxification phase of treatment. The optional sessions are performed by a naturopathic doctor and licensed acupuncturist and follow the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) ear protocol which was specifically developed to be used in addiction treatment settings 

Benefits of acupuncture
The most common benefits associated with acupuncture in addiction treatment include:

  • Decreased cravings
  • Decreased depression
  • Decreased anxiety
  • Decreased anger/irritability
  • Decreased headaches
  • Increased concentration
  • Increased sleep quality

Patients interested in adding acupuncture to their detox plan can attend up to three sessions a week. The sessions are in a small group setting on campus and last about 30-45 minutes.

Marworth uses targeted support groups to help people who’ve had past trauma. Our team can help with these trauma symptoms:

  • Difficulty managing stress
  • Difficulty connecting with others
  • Feeling unsafe
  • Flashbacks or recurrent dreams
  • Disassociation
  • Sense of blame to self or others
  • Inability to remember key aspects of trauma
  • Grief
  • Survivor's guilt

Our addiction treatment program also offers trauma support through Seeking Safety: Trauma and PTSD Support Groups, which focus on topics such as:

  • Grounding skills
  • Asking for help
  • Boundaries
  • Recovery thinking
  • Anger and trauma

Call Marworth at 800-442-7722 or email to speak with an admissions counselor. You can enroll in a substance use recovery program yourself or refer someone else for treatment. Many people are referred to Marworth by a family member, family doctor, therapist, employer, employee assistance program, insurance provider, clergy, community organization or another drug and alcohol center.