Anecdotal and initial scientific evidence points strongly towards a real benefit to the inclusion of acupuncture with a drug treatment framework, and although the physiological mechanisms leading to symptoms betterment remain obscured, the technique does seem to offer treatment of value.

Acupuncture on its own is unlikely to induce lasting behavioral change and long term sobriety, but when used as an adjunct to other conventional therapies it may reduce the discomfort of recovery, and induce a better physical readiness for rehab participation.

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