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Alternative Therapies May Reduce Pain Associated With Drug Withdrawal

The holistic drug addiction treatment offered at Vista Taos includes a number of complementary therapies that have long been used to treat both physical and emotional problems. We know therapies like meditation and acupuncture can be essential parts of a holistic drug addiction treatment program because we’ve seen how they have helped clients. Now you have even more reason to consider our holistic drug addiction treatment program—two new scientific studies show that meditation and acupuncture are effective at alleviating pain, a common symptom of drug withdrawal.

Researchers recently found that people who habitually practice meditation find pain less unpleasant and are less likely to anticipate pain. Instead of focusing on negative events that may happen in the future, meditators train their brains to focus on the present. Reducing pain caused by drug withdrawal symptoms and learning techniques that help change the way your brain responds are ways that meditation can be a key component of holistic drug addiction treatment.

A new study found that acupuncture relieves pain by stimulating the naturally-occurring compound known as adenosine. Adenosine helps regulate sleep, acts as an anti-inflammatory, and is a natural painkiller. Research on acupuncture suggests that it can help ease physical drug withdrawal symptoms and improve sleep, especially in combination with other holistic drug addiction treatment methods.

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