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Punctuating Addiction Treatment With Acupuncture

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massage therapyOne of the best ways to attack an addiction problem therapeutically is to throw a range of different treatment options into the overall plan. Though most therapies will be chosen based on the person’s experience in active addiction and the challenges they face as they move toward their future goals, there are some holistic treatment measures that have been shown to be effective in drug-addicted patients almost universally. One of these is acupuncture, and patients around the world are exploring the benefits of including regular sessions in their drug addiction treatment program. Is it right for your addicted family member?

What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an Eastern practice that utilizes long thin needles. Based on the idea that our life energy, or qi (pronounced “chee”), flows through the entire body, practitioners believe that this life force can get blocked and contribute to or cause almost every ailment experienced, including addiction. Acupuncture seeks to address this blockage by inserting the long thin needles painlessly into the top layers of skin at specific points on the body believed to be connected to different issues including stress, pain, addiction, and more. Over time, this can help to unblock the person’s qi and relieve the symptoms of the ailment.

How Does Acupuncture Impact Addiction Treatment?

There are a number of different ways to address the issue of addiction through acupuncture, according to The Fix. Practitioners can go the direct route and insert needles into the points believed to be connected to compulsivity and addiction. Or they can choose a more circuitous route, choosing places on the body associated with issues of stress, anger, trauma, etc. – any unresolved mental health issue that may trigger relapse or cause a person to crave escape through drugs and alcohol.

Can Acupuncture Cure Addiction?

No. There is no cure for addiction. But studies are stacking up that suggest that using acupuncture in conjunction with a comprehensive treatment program can increase the odds of success in recovery for patients.

What Else Should Addiction Treatment Include?

The best treatment program will be designed specifically for the individual’s needs, starting with an evaluation that helps to pinpoint all the issues facing him in recovery. From there, a treatment plan can be chosen that directly and indirectly addresses those issues in order of importance. For example, if someone is struggling with schizophrenia in addition to addiction, the first step may be to stabilize their mental health before moving forward to address addiction therapeutically. Similarly, if physical withdrawal symptoms are particularly problematic, then medical detox will be a heavy focus in the first weeks of treatment as well. If your loved one is ready to learn more about a personalized addiction treatment program that can help him to overcome addiction, contact us at Futures today. We’re here to help.

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