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Acupuncture Treatments for Drug Abusefrom: Maxx Family Life
Acupuncture is a one of the shining lights that can aid the recovery of many alchoholics and drug addicts. When recovering, there is an ongong physical and psychological urge for an addict to get another fix or drink, and this feeling can overwhelm them. Getting past this feeling is the major challenge for the addict and if they can pull it oof, there's hope that another day of success will lead to an ongoing road to recovery.
There a number of chemical aids to help reduce those cravings, for example, the nicotine patch for smokers who want to quit. However, one of the major advantages of acupuncture treatments is they are chemical free, and these treatments will aid with a number of different addictions. Acupunture is also relatively inexpensive if compared to many other types of treatments.
If you observe a clinic that uses acupuncture to treat recovering addicts, you'll notice a marked difference than other similar types of clinics. Before using acupuncture, the cilinc was loud and not a very pleasant place end up. The clinic's treatment room handles dozens of clients simultaneously, each one sitting in a chair and each person has five long needles dangling from each ear. Depending on the needs of the person, some will also have acupuncture needles in their hands, arms, or feet.
When it's time to remove the needles, some are done by one of the acupuncturists, or perhaps an assistant, but some clients will remove their own needles when it's time. Needles remain in place for an average of 45 minutes or so. Chairs are setup so clients are able to talk to each other if they're so inclined. Often this helps them as they share experiences, and helps relieve any nervousness a new client might be felling about acupuncture. This room that holds a several often quite troubled or disturbed patients, is usually very calm and peaceful.
So what exactly is the advantage of acupuncture for recovering addicts? They often explain the release of those cravings that drives them to get a fix or another drink. They describe their feeling as getting home from a long day and taking off their shoes. The treatment's effect lasts for about a day, and thus newly recovering addicts usually have daily treatments.
Some recovering addicts may drop by periodicly or whenever they're in need of another acupuncture treatment. Dry alcoholics are often fine as long as they're not feeling stressed out, but if a any type of problem should arise at home or work, that familiar craving becomes strong all over again. This is when an acupuncture clinic is of great help, since the treatment affects an actual physical change and adjustment for that person.
Many detox clinics using acupuncture for their regimen also incorporate treatments into an overall program, with acupuncture treatments the initial steps for the patient. Most clinics schedule new patients for daily sessions, and during each session they take a sample to determin if the patient has used drugs during the day. Once 10 "clean" days have been achieved, the patient is considered in sufficient condition to begin additional therapy, such as the twelve step program. Acupuncture treatments will continue and if the patient has a relapse, they simply starts all over receiving the ten day acupuncture treatments.
Acupuncture for a recovery program has several advantages, both in cost and for ongoing support of the physical and mental health of the recovering addict.
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