State of Addiction: Acupuncture Treatment

State of Addiction: Acupuncture Treatment


N FOR SOMETHING THAT WILL HELP WITH PAIN AND THE ADDICTION TO PAINKILLERS. I FOUND ONE OPTION MIGHT BE SOMETHING THAT’S BEEN AROUND FOR CENTURIES. BARBARA BELL IS CALM AND RELAXED NOW. BUT A LITTLE OVER A YEAR AGO, SHE WAS HOOKED ON PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION. BARBARA: I WOULD RAID THE MEDICINE CABINET AND FIND WHATEVER PILLS I COULD FIND THAT DID SOMETHIN MOST OF WHAT I DID WAS NUMB TH PAIN OR NUM MY DAY. I HAD A MISCARRIAGE ABOUT SIX YEARS AGO, AND IT TOOK ME A MONTH TO GET OFF THE COUCH AND EVEN AFTER THAT, IT JUS — I COULDN’T COPE. I NEVER REALLY, TRULY GRIEVED. CAROL WHAT BARBARA FOUND TO HELP : WITH THE PHYSICAL PAIN OF ADDICTION AND HER ANGUISH WAS ACUPUNCTURE.>>SO WHAT ACUPUNCTURE DOES IS IT BASICALLY RECRUITS THE INTERNAL RESOURCES OF THE PERSON THAT IS ALREADY THERE AND HELP STIMULATE THAT SENSE OF CALM, THAT SENSE OF RELAXATION THAT WE TRY TO FIND BY USING ADDICTIVE SUBSTANCES CAROL THERE IS NO AGREEMENT ON : JUST HOW ACUPUNCTURE WORKS. BUT THERE ARE SEVERAL THEORIES. ONE HAS IT THAT NEEDLES PUT IN AT CERTAIN SPOTS ON THE BODY STIMULATES THE NERVE. WHICH SIGNALS THE BRAIN, AND THE BRAIN RELEASES NEURAL HORMONES, SUCH AS BETA ENDORPHINS. THEY, IN TURN, REDUCE PAIN. A SENSE OF WELL-BEING. ALTERNATIVE METHODS OF PAIN RELIEF WERE PART OF THE CONVERSATION AT THE RECENT PRESCRIPTION-DRUG AND HEROIN SUMMIT IN ATLANTA. THE EVIDENCE IS CLEAR THAT THERE>>THE EVIDENCE IS CLEAR THAT THERE ARE NONPHARMACOLOGICAL ALTERNATIVES THAT WORK WELL WITH PAIN. WE JUST HAVE TO MAKE SURE TH ARE AS AVAILABLE AS AND ACCESSIBLE TO OUR PATIENTS AS THE MEDICATIONS, THE OPIOIDS>>VERY EFFECTIVE. CAROL: AND AMONG THE EXHIBITORS AT THE SUMMIT, A REGISTERED NURSE FULLY ACCREDITED AS AN ACUPUNCTURIST, GIVING DEMONSTRATIONS>>THE SAME PROTOCOL HELPS WITH CHRONIC PAIN. ACUPUNCTURE HELPS WITH A NUMBER OF THINGS. NOTHING RELIEVES PAIN FASTER THAN ACUPUNCTURE AND PROBABLY NOTHING RELIEV THE ADDICTION PROBLEMS BETTER THAN ACUPUNCTURE CAROL FOR ACUPUNCTURE : PRACTITIONER AND DRUG COUNSELOR TERRELL ROGERS, IT’S BEEN A KEY PART OF THE ADDICTION RECOVERY TOOL BOX. TERRELL: IT’S BEAUTIFUL, WHA THE GUYS SAY IS THAT IT CUTS CRAVINGS, ESPECIALLY THE NEW GUY THAT’S IN RECOVERY. IT REALLY QUIETS THE SYSTE CAROL ALL BARBARA BELL KNOWS IS : THAT IT HELPS. BARBARA: IT’S MADE A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE. CAROL: CRITICS OF ACUPUNCTURE ARGUE THAT MORE CONTROLLED, DOUBLE-BLIND STUDIES ARE NEEDED BEFORE THEY CAN FULLY GET ON BOARD WITH ACUPUNCTURE AS A METHOD OF TREATING DRUG ADDICTION.

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