We all know how difficult it can be to overcome drug addiction. It is an incredibly difficult journey that may require many different approaches for each person to maintain successful sobriety. In recent years, there have been some studies done that show acupuncture potentially being an effective resource in aiding the treatment of substance use disorders.
What is Acupuncture? How Does It Work?
Acupuncture is the insertion of very small and thin needles into your skin at relatively strategic points on your body and in various depths. It is used to treat and relieve pain and treat the overall wellness of the body. The practice of acupuncture began in China and it is believed that it eliminates the disruption of the energy flow.
These disruptions can cause disease Acupuncture has increasingly become a popular method for treating several different conditions including substance use disorders. It is said that acupuncture treatments assist in lowering drug cravings while also creating feelings of calmness and also by providing relief from withdrawal symptoms during detox. According to NCBI:
In 1985, Dr. M. Smith finalized the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) protocol that is currently practiced in over 250 hospitals in the United Kingdom and United States. In 1996, the World Health Organization accepted acupuncture as a treatment for drug abuse. The latest modification to this treatment protocol was developed in 2005 by Dr. Ji Sheng from Peking University, Beijing, China. Currently, more than 700 addiction treatment centers use acupuncture as an adjunctive procedure
Acupuncture and Substance Abuse Treatment
Acupuncture is something that has been used to treat substance abuse disorders for decades as it is shown to increase the levels of epinephrine, serotonin, norepinephrine, endorphins, and dopamine within the body’s nervous system. Since acupuncture is typically used to treat pain relief and stress relief, it is easy to see why it helps treat substance abuse disorders. Many people develop substance abuse disorders after using drugs to treat pain management or for stress relief.
Those feelings of pain and stress will undoubtedly return when the substance has left their system. It is important to have a healthy and productive way to alleviate those symptoms. Acupuncture can provide that outlet.
As previously mentioned, acupuncture helps aid in the detox/withdrawal process. Conventional methods of detox include essentially substituting one drug for another and tapering off of it more carefully. This also brings up the difficulty in tapering patients off of medication due to the long-lasting withdrawal effects. This searches for alternative methods of treatment and therapy that much more important.
Not only is acupuncture in treating withdrawal and detox symptoms, but it is also helpful in easing the psychological symptoms that are associated with substance abuse disorders, specifically relapse prevention. This is important in the long-term treatment of substance abuse disorders. Acupuncture is considered a holistic approach to the treatment of substance abuse. It can be used for the treatment of the whole person, not just one part. It takes into account both mental and social factors and not just the symptoms of the disease.
Holistic Methods for Treating Addiction
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