Opioid Addiction Treatment with Acupuncture
In addition to providing a viable pain management alternative to opioids in order to mitigate opioid usage and help prevent opioid addiction, using acupuncture for addiction treatment could provide an effective way of rehabilitating patients who have become addicted to opioid painkillers.
Benefits of Acupuncture in Cases of Opioid Addiction
The California Highlands Addiction Treatment center cites the following observed acupuncture benefits:
- Reduced drug cravings and withdrawal symptoms
- Lessened pain
- Improved sleep
- Supported physical and emotional healing
A white paper co-produced by six organizations of acupuncture or traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) titled “Acupuncture’s Role in Solving the Opioid Epidemic” revealed widespread usage of acupuncture in addiction treatment.
It cited more than 1,000 treatment centers across the United States and Canada that currently utilize acupuncture in their rehabilitation programs. Acupuncture treatment is relatively inexpensive, portable, and low-threshold, making it easy to use in a variety of contexts that range from clinics to prisons, rehab centers, in- and outpatient facilities, and more.
The National Acupuncture Detox Association (NADA) published research supporting the use of acupuncture in addiction rehabilitation, citing its widespread use in U.S. and Indian military units; U.S. and European prisons and psychiatric hospitals; and other facilities.
Use of acupuncture is rapidly expanding and gaining ground as a respected and effective treatment method for addiction sufferers.