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3 Reasons Why You Should Try Acupuncture

A women receiving acupuncture therapyYou might be surprised to learn that the healing art of acupuncture has been practiced for more than 3,000 years. And, it has even been recognized by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a safe and effective form of therapy for a wide range of physical and behavioral health conditions.

If you haven’t tried acupuncture before, you might consider trying this holistic therapy. It can help rebalance your mind and body while stimulating the natural healing response.

And, it is especially helpful for individuals who are in recovery from an addiction to drugs and alcohol. In fact, it has been shown to ease withdrawal symptoms and reduce cravings.

If you are working on your sobriety, talk to your addiction recovery team about incorporating acupuncture as part of your comprehensive plan of care. In addition to supporting your sober lifestyle, acupuncture can also offer a wide variety of holistic health benefits.

3 Ways Acupuncture Can Support Your Total Health

(1) It can help reduce stress.

Scientific research suggests that acupuncture therapy can actually help you manage stress at the molecular level by lowering the amount of stress-induced hormones in your body. And, given that chronic stress has been linked to higher rates of cardiovascular disease, obesity and depression, this holistic method of stress management can help support your overall health and well-being.

(2) Acupuncture can help you become more tolerant and patient.

One of the hidden benefits of acupuncture therapy is that it forces you to slow down and relax. After the needles are inserted, most acupuncture therapists recommend that you remain seated for 20 to 60 minutes during the therapy session. With regular practice, you can learn how to become more patient and comfortable experiencing life at a slower pace.

(3) With regular treatments, acupuncture can help treat pain holistically.

Many people live with episodic and chronic pain. But, there are effective alternatives to prescription painkillers that don’t carry the risk of opioid addiction. Acupuncture therapy has been shown to help ease pain and help individuals find relief. In one study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, research participants who received acupuncture therapy reported a 50 percent decrease in pain symptoms as a result.

Holistic, Comprehensive Treatment for Drug and Alcohol Addiction

At Synergy Group Services, we leverage a wide spectrum of therapies designed to help individuals who are dealing with a chemical dependency. As part of our comprehensive approach, we also offer a variety of holistic therapies including acupuncture, massage therapy, biofeedback and art therapy. If you are concerned about your own use of drugs or alcohol and want help, don’t wait. Please contact us today at (888) 267-8070 to learn more about our approach to addiction recovery.



Coping With Negativity

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Negative people in recovery can take a lot out of us. If a newly sober person spends too much time around negative people, it can be hazardous to his sobriety.

There are many characteristics of negative people, one of them is to constantly criticize other people as well as the world. They can be passive aggressive or openly aggressive. Sometimes negative people are also angry and blame others. They are distrustful, pessimistic, and create drama for no reason. They enjoy pulling apart the achievements of others and resent other peoples successes. Many negative people are also self-centered.

Negativity can increase the chances of relapse. If a person in recovery has a negative outlook on life, it will lead to “stinking thinking.” This is a dangerous mindset because it may prevent him from welcoming new information. It can also lead to a negative self fulfilling prophecy. When he predicts bad things will happen, it may actually lead to it coming true. Negativity sucks the joy out of sobriety, and he may become a dry drunk. This is when a person no longer drinks, but still acts like an alcoholic or addict. The same bad behaviors are still present.

It’s important to move away from negativity within yourself, but it’s equally important to move away from negative people in your life. Spending too much time with a negative person is draining. Negativity can also spread like a cancer, it’s particularly dangerous for a person in early sobriety because you are more vulnerable. Negative people can be overly critical, and they can lower the self-esteem of those around them. Many people in early recovery are already dealing with low self-esteem, so further criticism can be dangerous. Negative people are not capable of offering support, so they cannot be trusted with your recovery.

If you have to be around a negative person, don’t join them in their critical opinions of people or the world. Try to keep the conversation light, if they begin making negative comments, try to change the subject. Try making positive statements, this may impact your conversation for the better. Sometimes not listening to negativity can save you from being pulled down. Think about the saying, “in one ear, out the other.” Or let it roll off you “like water off a ducks back.” Don’t let negativity poison you, shield yourself from it.

Negative people are not bad people, they are just dealing with their own demons. They may have suffered from trauma, or depression. If you need to disengage from a negative person, it’s best to do so with compassion.

Entering our holistic drug and alcohol rehabilitation center is a great place to learn new coping strategies for dealing with life. There will always be negativity in life, and learning how to effectively deal with hard issues is what we teach here at our Florida based drug rehab facility. When you learn new coping strategies, protecting your sobriety is much easier.

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