Addiction & Detox

Acupuncture Services

Addiction & Detox

NADA acupuncture protocol

There are many benefits of acupuncture.  One benefit of acupuncture is that we can alleviate the withdrawal symptoms from alcohol, illegal substances, smoking, and food making your process of quitting easier with a faster recovery.

At Source Empowered Wellness, we support your journey into Wellness in a multifaceted approach.  One of the benefits of acupuncture is that you will feel more calm in your body, mind, and spirit.  We also suggest meditation as an adjunctive way to calm the mind and also suggest journaling so you can gain awareness of when your cravings occur and how best to be supported in the transition.

The optimal time for treatment for acupuncture detox and addiction is at least 45 minutes.  We start by using the NADA auricular protocol to target specific organs such as the liver, kidneys and lungs in order to change your body’s biochemistry and calm the mind.   See the diagram to the right for the protocol used.  This treatment has proven efficacy in the military and  is often court mandated treatment for  addictions and addictive behavior by California courts.  Body points are also included.

Acupuncture can significantly reduce withdrawal symptoms such as:

  • Cravings
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Night Sweats
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Restlessness

How does it work?

  • Raises endorphin levels and helps balance other hormones like cortisol to lower stress.
  • Targets the vagus nerve which calms the body and organs.
  • Increases circulation to aid in removal of nicotine, toxins, and heavy metals accumulated from tobacco/ substance use.

Chinese Herbal Medicine for Detox and Addiction:

Source Empowered Wellness has herbal medicine available to complement treatments. These herbs work to curb cravings, ease anxiety, reduce irritability, help with sleep, and calm the mind.

Treatment Plan:

Minimum of 2 treatments per week for the first three weeks are optimal. After three weeks, treatments can be less frequent (2-3x/week) depending on the severity of addiction and withdrawal symptoms and on the individual patient’s lifestyle. Usually one can resolve the worst of the withdrawl side effects, quit, and/or greatly reduce their substance intake within 8-12 treatments. Source Empowered Wellness recommends monthly follow up treatments for 3-6 months.

Frequently Asked Questions

Acupuncture is part of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), dating back over 3,000 years ago.  In TCM, pain can be seen as too much or not enough of something (ie. energy, blood, fluids) in an area.  Mindfully placed needles harmonize these elements so they move where they need to be and inspire your body’s own natural healing mechanisms.  Pain is reduced physiologically: Acupuncture blocks pain receptors in the brain while releasing endorphins (natural pain blockers) and serotonin (natural mood enhancers).  It increases circulation to the area being treated, lowering inflammation. Acupuncture also activates the parasympathetic nervous system, in which healing and relaxation responses are elevated. For this reason, most patients report a significant improvement in stress, anxiety, and fatigue and often will nap during a treatment.  Source Empowered Wellness uses sterile, disposable needles that are as thin as a human hair so you feel no pain!

Just come in!  Your initial visit may be a little longer than follow-up sessions since you will have a one-on-one initial consult with a Licensed Acupuncturist.  Please allow for 60-75 minutes for your first visit. Follow up sessions can take from twenty minutes to an hour, depending on how long you would like to stay. 

  • Wear loose clothing that can be moved to access hands to elbows and feet to knees.  Avoid wearing a dress in case we need to access abdominal points.

  • Bring a translator (friend or family) if you believe there will be a communication barrier.

  • Eat 30 mins to an hour before your treatment.  You need energy to move energy.  Also, please avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and caffeine prior to treatment.

We recommend a minimum of a once a week session to work on most health issues.  Your acupuncturist will be able to give you a personalized treatment plan with frequency.  Generally you can see a difference for acute conditions immediately and within 4-6 treatments the change anchors.  Chronic conditions may take up to 6-10 treatments.  All treatment efficacy depends on the person’s age, lifestyle, and genetic factors.  To avoid causing discomfort of pressing on tender local areas where you are experiencing an issue, we may use points in the hands, feet, ears and head to treat problems anywhere in the body.   We will always take time to discuss anything new, to see how you’re progressing, and find out how you feel about the treatments. 

It cuts costs for you and you can bring your friends and family! Source Empowered Wellness has created a sanctuary to heal, and to drop into a deep seat of calm.  We primarily use zero-gravity chairs arranged in a large, quiet, and soothing space.  Treating patients in a community setting has many benefits:

  • Friends and family members can get treated together.

  • Many patients find it comforting and reinforcing to be a part of a community.

  • The power of intention and healing is very powerful when done in a group.

For those who prefer their own room and privacy, there are limited individual appointments each week in our cozy private treatment room.  Please contact us for more information.

 

Due to our already reduced pricing, we do not bill insurance.  If you have insurance that covers acupuncture, we’ll be happy to give you a payment receipt and ICD-10 code that you can submit it to your insurance company for reimbursement.

  • $40 Community Acupuncture Treatment in our Healing Lounge (45-60 min.) $5 initial processing fee for first visit

  • $60 for 55 min Private Room Acupuncture Treatment.  $10 initial processing fee for first visit

  • Heat Lamp, E-stim, Moxa, Auricular Needles and seeds are included in all treatments as needed

  • $10 Cosmetic Acupuncture: added to a traditional acupuncture session.  Included in our packages.
  • $20 for Cupping.
  • BEST DEALS:  Treatment Plans save you money and include cosmetic acupuncture.   If you are a new patient, ask about our $180 special for your first month of unlimited acupuncture in the healing lounge. 

For those who prefer their own room and privacy, there are limited individual appointments each week in our cozy private treatment room.  Please contact us for more information.

We want you to come in often enough to really get better and stay better! One primary intention is to make acupuncture available to you as often as you need it. 

$35 treatments are offered to students and military.

Contact Us

619. 761. 9544

Info@SourceEmpoweredWellness.com

4666 Cass Street, Ste A 92109

Hours of Service

Monday: 3-8 PM
Tuesday - Friday: 9 AM - 2 PM & 3 PM - 8 PM
Saturday: 12 PM - 5 PM
Last appointment is taken 1 hour before closing.

Due to the Coronavirus, we will be closed starting Saturday, March 21st through April 4th.  Please keep checking in for updates here.  We are providing telemedicine consults - just give us a call to book. 

In lieu of acupuncture, Dr. Simone is providing FREE yoga, qi gong, meditation, and breath-work online:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/freewhole/  

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