Addressing Addiction offers auricular acupuncture from each of its practice locations; in Stratford upon Avon, Leamington Spa and Stow on the Wold.
Once an addict reduces and finally stops their 'drug of choice' (narcotic, alcoholic or emotional) natural endorphins deplete. This leads to severe cravings and withdrawal symptoms e.g. irritability, restlessness, anxiety, insomnia, hypertension, excessive perspiration etc.
Auricular acupuncture helps to reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms by releasing higher levels of suppressed natural endorphins. Endorphins are protein molecules and are the body's own 'natural opiates'. Endorphins are 100 times more powerful than morphine but without the chemical and addictive effects! Endorphins are found in parts of the Central Nervous System and bond with receptor sites which are compromised, depleted or inhibited when using licit or illicit substances (producing a chemical high/relief) or when 'over used' by the euphoric high of dependent gambling, sex etc. To achieve and maintain levels of euphoria the addict has to take more of the substance or increase the level of gambling, sex etc. to achieve the required effect. This contributes to the perpetuation and escalation of addiction. Endorphins have an analgesic effect and can help reduce physical and emotional pain.
Auricular acupuncture aids the body's natural healing process and helps organs such as the liver and kidneys to function more efficiently.
Auricular acupuncture treatment only works in a therapeutic way. It cannot harm healthy parts of the body, therefore it will not imbalance any organ or physical system that is already balanced. The aim of auricular acupuncture is to regulate homeostasis (i.e. balancing Yin and Yang).
Most clients feel relaxed and calmer about five minutes into treatment, it helps the client feel less irritable and be able to think more clearly. It helps to reduce withdrawal symptoms such as cravings, sweating, cramps, headaches, nausea, general aches and pains and aids sleep patterns.