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Does Acupuncture Really Help you Recover from Addiction?

Does Acupuncture Really Help you Recover from Addiction?

Acupuncture can help reduce drug cravings, reduce stress, increase peace of mind

Acupuncture is a medical practice that was developed in China over 2,000 years ago that is increasingly common in opium and other addiction treatment programs around the world. Is it possible that carefully placing tiny needles in specific parts of the skin can help reduce drug cravings, reduce stress, increase peace of mind, and generally improve an addict’s mental and physical health? Although the exact science behind this alternative technique remains somewhat illusive, the unequivocal answer coming from thousands of sources is a resounding “yes!”

What Is Acupuncture?

The underlying concept behind acupuncture is that there is a form of energy called the Qi (pronounced “Chee”) that runs under the skin and connects the different zones and systems of the human body. Positive and negative energy forms (yin and yang) must be in balance for optimum health to be realized. By placing fine needles painlessly along the invisible Qi lines it is believed that stored up energy can be released, balance can be re-established, and the body’s healing powers can be unleashed.

Over the centuries acupuncture has been used in Eastern medicine as a treatment for the following ailments:

  • Stress
  • Nausea
  • Eating disorders
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Depression
  • Anger management
  • Nightmares
  • Infections
  • Headaches
  • Emotional disorders
  • Addiction

The use of acupuncture in the West is a relatively new phenomenon, still somewhat limited by conventional thinking, Widespread reports of its efficacy, however, have exceeded Western medicine’s ability to understand exactly why or how it works. Might it be connected to the intricate system of neurological pathways that modern medicine understands to be directly involved in things like mood, impulse control, sleep, etc.? Possibly. Many advocates believe that the concepts laid out in Eastern medicine are increasingly being found to correspond to new discoveries related to nerve and biochemical science.

Regardless of why it works, however, thousands of hospitals, clinics, and even prisons are using various forms of acupuncture to treat an increasingly wide range of physiological and psychological disorders – including opium addiction.

How Is Acupuncture Used in Opium Rehab?

One of the most critical aspects of addiction recovery is the process of training the patient to manage stress, anxiety, cravings, distress, and even pain in new ways. Instead of involuntarily triggering drug use habits, the goal of rehab is to re-train the patient to be mindful of his cravings, and then actively involved in managing them. Acupuncture seems to help many recovering addicts – even those who are not emotionally invested and engaged in the recovery process – to become relaxed, mindful, and at peace. It is possible that at least some of acupuncture’s efficacy could be related to its ability to bring relief to underlying emotional or psychological disorders such as anxiety or depression.

During the procedure fine, needles are carefully spun into the skin and allowed to rest over critical areas along the back, face, scalp, and especially the ears. The process is relaxing and peaceful and often includes guided reflection or meditation. An acupuncture session lasts around 45 minutes and is completely safe and painless. Patients often report feeling rested but invigorated following treatment.

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