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Acupuncture for Withdrawal

answered 09:11 PM EST, Mon September 30, 2013
anonymous anonymous
Is electrical acupuncture (I forget the precise name for this) a good method to help me with feel less opiate withdrawal. I am planning to quit again. The last time I did 3 years ago I had PAWS for 8 months after quitting so I am trying to do this smarter this time. I relapsed about 2 months after the PAWS ended so that’s my story of stupidity.

Anna Deeds Says...

Anna Deeds A. Deeds

Thank you for your question. Alternative medicine like acupuncture can be helpful for easing withdrawal symptoms. However, you tried going through withdrawal on your own and ended up relapsing. You said you are trying to do it smarter this time. Try doing something different by going to a treatment facility. Addiction is a disease which needs proper treatment. It is more than just getting through withdrawal symptoms. Addiction is physical, psychological and spiritual. All three of these areas need treatment for it to be effective and long lasting. 

A medical detox will include medications to help ease withdrawal symptoms. It is possible that you had PAWS (Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome) for such a long period because you didn't get the right treatment. Plus, if you didn't learn how to cope with PAWS, cravings, triggers, etc. you may have made it more difficult for you to maintain sobriety. The longer you go for treatment, the better the outcome. Remember, you didn't become addicted overnight and it takes time to work on the issues that led to the addiction. Detox followed by inpatient rehab and then a recovery house is your best chance to maintain long term sobriety.

I hope this answers your question and you get the treatment you need.

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