Satch Purcell is a licensed acupuncturist and occupational therapist who has provided acupuncture and Chinese medicine services to clients at Domus Retreat since 2009. He sees clients in private practice and is also the program director of the occupational therapy assistant program at Stanbridge University. Satch earned a Masters in acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from South Baylo University in 1997, as well as a Masters in Occupational Therapy from Loma Linda University in 2004. He is a certified acupuncture orthopedic specialist and is certified in the use of physical agent modalities by the California Board of Occupational Therapy. Satch has taught Chinese medicine, occupational therapy, and various clinical sciences for 17-years.
Acupuncture and Opiate Detox Support
Acupuncture and related modalities have provided interventions for addiction since the opium epidemic in China that became prominent in the seventeenth century. Today, acupuncture is used to assist with the cravings, withdrawal symptoms, and many of the physical and mental sensations associated with opiate detox. Additionally, many individuals seeking assistance with opiate issues have a history of chronic pain. By providing clients with an acupuncture experience in a comfortable, well-supported environment, those individuals have the opportunity to learn about new options for managing pain in their post-opiate life upon returning home. Needles are not the only option! While acupuncture is Chinese medicine’s go-to modality for detox support, there are non-needle based options that are also effective. If an individual is not comfortable with the idea of acupuncture, it can be comforting to know that there are alternatives available at Domus Retreat.