Massage and Acupuncture


Substance use disorder is a medical condition that develops over time, leading to physical, mental, and emotional harm. Therefore, there is a trend towards a holistic approach to drug and alcohol addiction treatment that involves other forms of therapy that integrate and support traditional talk therapies. Two of the main therapies used in our Pennsylvania addiction treatment center are massage and acupuncture. Both are essential elements of BriteLife’s wellness program.


Holistic treatment of substance use disorder allows clients to take back control of their lives. While traditional addiction treatment uses medicine and talk therapy to improve wellness, a holistic approach to alcohol and drug addiction includes alternative therapies. Massage has become one of the most widely held techniques in addiction recovery and is especially helpful in the detoxification phase to ease the stress of withdrawal for clients.

Massage therapy in our Hanover, PA treatment center uses different body massage techniques to reduce tension and calm the mind. Clients are pressed and kneaded by our massage therapist in a manner that is soothing and relaxing. Some massage methods (like Swedish massage) include a deep tissue rub, where oils and lotions are used to enhance this very tranquil treatment. In this way, clients can achieve some of the feelings they may have reached by using drugs or alcohol. This is the natural, holistic release of dopamine which produces a sense of euphoria. This is one of the primary reasons that makes massage so valuable in Pennsylvania addiction treatment.


Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years. This ancient Chinese method uses the control of various points of the body with the use of long and very fine needles. Research shows that acupuncture is very effective in treating opioid use disorder and other drug addictions. Comparable to massage, acupuncture also encourages dopamine production, which helps to reduce cravings in clients recovering from heroin, fentanyl, cocaine, meth, and more substances.

Acupuncture works by stabilizing the flow of energy in the body by encouraging various systems including the cardiovascular, endocrine, immune, nervous, and digestive, producing positive effects. It is a valuable holistic treatment for substance use disorder as it offers the following benefits:

  • Reduces withdrawal symptoms
  • Controls cravings
  • Relaxes the mind and body
  • Improves the body’s flow of chemicals
  • Stress reduction
  • Pain relief

Many treatment centers in Pennsylvania don’t pay enough attention to holistic programs like massage and acupuncture for substance use disorder care. We take our holistic approach to treatment seriously. With our help, you can heal your mind, body, and spirit. If you're looking to put an end to the roller coaster of addiction, then call us today at 866-470-2187 to find out if our holistic program is right for you.

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