red light therapy

One of the most difficult addictions for any individual to overcome is alcoholism. Fortunately, there are a variety of proven and effective treatments available for those living with alcoholism, including red light therapy. Although this form of treatment may seem unorthodox, it offers those who engage in it a number of benefits.  


Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD), also known as alcoholism, is a medical condition that develops in a person over time. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, a person has alcohol use disorder if they are unable to control or stop their consumption of alcohol. This lack of control or inability to stop is especially significant if the individual is unable to exercise control when facing consequences to their health, finances, occupation, or social life.   

Alcoholism and the Human Body

Alcoholism typically affects several areas of a person’s life. However, one of the most severe effects alcoholism can have on a person is on their body. The risks alcoholism can have on a person’s health often include:

  • Weakened immune system
  • Damaging communication pathways in the brain 
    • Usually affecting coordination and behavior
  • Liver problems
    • Steatosis, or fatty liver
    • Alcoholic hepatitis
    • Fibrosis
    • Cirrhosis
  • Heart problems 
    • High blood pressure
    • Stroke
    • Cardiomyopathy
    • Arrhythmias Stroke   

What is Red Light Therapy?

History of Red Light Therapy: 

Red light therapy is exactly what its name implies; it is therapy for the human body with red light. In general, light therapy dates back to the early 1900s when Danish physicist Niels Ryberg Finsen invented it to treat individuals with skin tuberculosis. Since then, light therapy has been continually studied and utilized. In the 1990s, NASA started to incorporate red light therapy in space. The organization discovered that red light therapy could help stimulate growth in plant life and increase cellular function for their astronauts.

How Red Light Therapy Works: 

Light travels in wavelengths, and different colors of light have different wavelengths. Red light has a specific wavelength that allows it to more deeply penetrate human skin. In doing so, the mitochondria in skin cells can absorb the energy from red light and increase a cell’s overall functioning. Because of this increased functioning, skin cells and other surrounding cells can grow and combat skin conditions and even relieve areas of inflammation, joint pain, and more.        

The Benefits of Red Light Therapy for Alcoholism 

Although red light therapy is not a cure for alcoholism, it can offer those recovering from alcoholism a number of benefits. These benefits include:  

1. Improved Mental Health

Red light therapy sessions and red light therapy, in general, have been found to help reduce tension and anxiety. This helps a person recovering from alcoholism to relax, enter more positive mindsets, and reduce their irritability. By improving one’s state of mind, one can more easily commit to their recovery.

2. Increased Energy

By stimulating cell activity, red light therapy helps to increase energy in the area or areas being treated. However, an increase in energy from red light therapy can permeate throughout the entire body. This often gives a patient the jump start they need to not only feel better physically and mentally but manage their recovery from alcoholism.  

3. A More Natural Sleep Cycle

Many alcoholics find it difficult to sleep once they become sober. Fortunately, red light therapy can provide some assistance. One of the main reasons people have sleep issues is from irregular lighting during their waking hours. By exposing themselves to bright red lights during red light therapy sessions, the light itself helps subconsciously reinforce the difference between waking hours and those meant for sleeping.      

4. Rejuvenated Skin

Aside from helping with recovery, red light therapy also has tremendous benefits on a person’s skin. Red light therapy can help rejuvenate the skin, increasing elasticity and collagen. It can also help heal skin conditions like rashes, scrapes, and burns.   

Interested in Using Red Light Therapy to Treat Alcoholism? 

If you or a loved one is currently living with alcoholism, help is available near you! At Knoxville Recovery Center our experienced team of addiction specialists offer a number of treatment programs and therapies for alcoholism, including red light therapy. Contact us today for more information!

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