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Affluent Neglect

Society expresses great concern for poor, underserved children and the increased likelihood they may lack access to health care and education, or that they may turn to drugs or crime in adulthood. Less attention is paid to children of affluent parents who have their own set of problems. Emotional neglect often goes unnoticed or unreported, which may…

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What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), developed by Marsha Linehan, Ph. in the 1980s, is a type of talk therapy originally designed for high-risk, suicidal people diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. Today, DBT is used to treat people struggling with a range of complex and intense emotions, including substance abuse and addiction, PTSD, bipolar disorder, eating disorders,…

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Benefits of Yoga in Addiction Treatment

In general terms, yoga is an exercise that benefits the body, mind and spirit through an integration of breathing techniques, strengthening exercises, postures and meditation. There are many types of yoga; all are beneficial. Although yoga is a centuries-old practice, it is a relatively new treatment modality in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. Acceptance…

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Why Some People Think Sex Addiction Doesn’t Exist

Does sex addiction really exist? Is sexual addiction a true disorder? Or is hypersexuality just an excuse for irresponsible behavior or infidelity? Those are complicated questions, and even experts in the world of behavioral health and addiction will probably never agree on the answers.  Many people think hypersexuality should be classified as an addiction. They…

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Auricular Acupuncture and Addiction

Acupuncture is an ancient healing art practiced in China and other parts of Asia for thousands of years. It is traditionally used to relieve a variety of conditions and ailments, including chronic pain, headaches, depression, stress, anxiety, insomnia, digestive disorders and hypertension. The use of acupuncture in the field of addiction treatment is more recent, but this alternative form of therapy offers new hope for people struggling with drug and alcohol addiction.

Although acupuncture is not a cure for addiction, evidence supports that auricular acupuncture, a treatment in which short, paper-thin needles are inserted at specific points on the outside of the ear is an effective form of treatment when combined with counseling and other conventional forms of treatment.

Auricular acupuncture, practiced at many treatment centers, targets specific areas associated with the nervous system, as well as the kidney, liver and lungs—organs that are damaged by long-term use of drugs and alcohol.

The treatment can reduce intense cravings, promote relaxation, reduces anxiety and agitation improve the quality of sleep and provide relief from withdrawal symptoms. Patients often report feelings of peace, calm, and overall well-being.

Many researchers believe that acupuncture releases endorphins—naturally-occurring hormones that act as the body’s natural stress-fighters and pain killers. Endorphins, which are also released by strenuous exercise such as running, biking, or cross-country skiing, have a similar effect on the body as heroin or morphine.

However, auricular acupuncture is safe and completely natural. It isn’t painful or addictive, and and it creates no unwanted side-effects.

Contact us if addiction is interfering with your ability to life a full, happy life, or if you would like to learn more about auricular acupuncture. We are here to help you address your issues in a caring, highly professional manner.

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