First of all, there is no “cure” for addiction. Someone with addiction problems will always be an addict; however they can be an addict in recovery with the right sort of treatment. One such method of treatment is acupuncture. Research has shown that acupuncture can raise the level of endorphins in the nervous system. Endorphins are natural painkillers that the body produces and produce a similar effect to certain substances, creating a sense of euphoria. Raising endorphins within the nervous system has been shown to alleviate withdrawal symptoms such as sweating, shaking and anxiety.
Auricular acupuncture involves inserting short, thin, sterile needles into certain points on the ear. Whilst this may sound painful to those who have not had it before, if done correctly acupuncture is meant to be fairly painless. Acupuncture is believed to create a sense of calm and well-being within the person, and is especially beneficial to the organs that suffer most with addiction; the kidneys, liver and lungs.
Whilst acupuncture has been shown to be a helpful source of support in treating addiction, it is important to remember that acupuncture does not deal with any psychological issues which may be contributing to the addiction. Therefore, acupuncture is usually utilised by rehabilitation centres alongside other more traditional forms of therapy such as the 12 step programme or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
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