Although western science remains unable to explain it, acupuncture seems to provide recovering addicts with relief from the physiological effects of withdrawal, from the cravings back to abuse, and from the depression often induced by initial recovery.
Rigorous clinical studies have yet to demonstrate convincing evidence, but anecdotal evidence, and some less comprehensive studies, indicate that there is a very positive effect to the use of acupuncture in drug treatment.
Various studies have shown that the use of acupuncture causes better completion rates in drug programming and that recovering addicts report less physical withdrawal symptoms, less cravings to use, and less associated depression while receiving concurrent acupuncture therapy.
Many holistic treatment centers now incorporate acupuncture therapy as a part of a greater framework of treatment within a drug rehab.
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