Acupunture Detox Programs Growing Nationwide

A number of government-sponsored pilot programs using the ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture to help treat addicts are underway in US counties from California to Florida. In and around the nation’s capital such programs, known as “acudetox”, have been around for a decade.

Acupuncture, the practice of applying small needles to specific points in the body, goes back thousands of years and has gained a small level of tacit acceptance among the medical community in treating conditions such as chronic pain.

Although organizers have no clinical data, they claim the treatment makes patients more calm and open to therapy. According to Larry Peacock, director of the county’s Fairfax Detoxification Center, acupuncture has limited cravings, promoted a better night’s sleep, and contributed to lower levels of “anxiousness and agitation” in patients.

In general, acudetox is only one aspect of a wider treatment program; on arrival at the clinic, volunteer patients first undergo acudetox in an effort to relax and prepare them for psychosocial therapies to follow.

Notably, Washington DC-area clinics have also instituted other alternative treatments, such as yoga and meditation.

Source: Washington Post
Date: Mar. 23, 2008

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