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Using Bellevue Acupuncture to Treat Drug and Alcohol Addiction

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The problem with drug or alcohol addiction is while an addict is busy trying to get out of this habit the body is having extremely strong urges to satisfy its craving for another fix or drink.  Once the addict hurdles this obstacle the path to recovery becomes even clearer.  Western medical science may have provided support (if it can be termed as that) for those addicted to smoking in the form of nicotine patches.  However, with drug and alcohol addiction, it has not provided anything to help combat these two habits at all.  Acupuncture for drug and alcohol abuse is not really known to the wide public as a viable treatment for these two addictions because no major rich sponsors promote this natural and very beneficial treatment.  However, acupuncture in the treatment of chemical addiction is slowly gaining popularity especially among support groups and rehab centers that see it as an effective and cost-effective way of putting people back into the right way of living.

Rehab clinics can be unpleasant places to go to as they are filled with noisy and sordid people.  When acupuncture was introduced, the atmosphere slowly turned into one of relative peace and calmness.  New patients are carefully informed of this treatment to calm their nervousness and anxiety.  The patient is usually treated with five needles inserted on the ear and some needles also inserted in their arms, feet or hands.  The needles are left in the body for around 45 minutes after which are removed by the acupuncturist.

The effect of acupuncture on an addict is that it removes the desire and craving for the addictive substance.  Some of these patients wistfully describe the feeling as coming home from a hard day of work and taking off the shoes to relax.  The beneficial effect lasts a whole day and therefore the treatment needs to be done daily.  So-called dry alcoholics may determine for themselves the right time to go for treatment.  Besides the treatment, the patient needs to stay out of situations that can cause much stress since stress can be a trigger for the cravings to appear once more.

Because of acupuncture’s efficacy, rehab and detox clinics use  Bellevue acupuncture as the first stage of addiction therapy.  The first stage of treatment typically last ten days and at the end of ten days a urine sample of the patient is checked to find out if the patient has been drug or alcohol free for those ten days.  If the patient passed the urine sample test, he/she then goes to the next phase of the program which is called a twelve step program. Acupuncture is still given during this phase; however, a relapse of the patient will bring the patient back to the ten day treatment phase.

Programs that incorporate acupuncture treatment have much greater rates of success than that of conventional acupuncture-less programs.

Written by Valerie

January 7th, 2012 at 10:56 am