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Become a Happy Non-Smoker with Acupuncture!

Breathe easy! Acupuncture helps you quit smoking!

Breathe easy! Acupuncture helps you quit smoking!

Do you want to quit smoking?

Quitting smoking is a very important decision. The process of giving up the addiction of cigarettes, cigars, or pipe can be very difficult. Nicotine, one of the components of tobacco, is an extremely addictive substance, and one of the reasons that quitting smoking is hard for some. The American Heart Foundation has listed nicotine as one of the hardest habits to break, rivaling such hard drugs as cocaine and heroin.

There are a number of different methods to kick the habit, including “cold turkey” (quitting suddenly), lowering the number of cigarettes smoked daily, eliminating triggers (such as alcohol or coffee) and using a psychological approach. Some smoking alternatives (such as chewing tobacco) can be equally as addictive and potentially as dangerous to the body as smoking itself.

Acupuncture is a great way to stop smoking, and become a happy non-smoker. We will talk about your history and other habits during the consultation. Most people at my office manage to quit with just one treatment. How cool is that!? That being said, the ones who have trouble with just one treatment, are in 2 groups. The first are people who are medicating anxiety with their nicotine. They will need a few treatments to reduce the anxiety, which acupuncture does nicely. The other group is the drinking alcohol daily group. They have a tougher time, however. I have seen some of them manage with one treatment independent of the alcohol use.

Everyone else will succeed with one treatment. Good news!

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Acupuncture Treatments Aid in Addiction Recovery

ImageAddiction is rampant in our society, with a host of addictions and new ones arising all the time: alcoholism, cocaine, over-the-counter pharmaceuticals, pain medication, eating disorders, gambling obsessions, compulsive spending, cigarettes and sex, to name a few. Millions of dollars and myriad studies conclude that addiction is a biological, pathological process in the brain. Similar to other illnesses, such as cancer and heart disease, addiction is classified as a chronic illness that causes long-term physical, psychological and social affects.

Addiction is one of the most overused, yet least understood words in our vocabulary, as its common use has been watered down to mean “something that someone likes to do a lot.” Most people are unaware that there are two distinct types of addiction: Substance Dependence and Behavioral Addiction. The definition for Substance Dependence is “a compulsive and psychological need for a habit-forming substance.” These substances (drugs, alcohol, tobacco) actually alter some of the body’s chemistry, though usually only temporarily.

The American Academy of Pain Medicine defines addiction as “A primary, chronic, neurobiologic disease, with genetic, psychosocial, and environmental factors influencing its development and manifestations. It is characterized by behaviors that include one or more of the following: impaired control over drug use, compulsive use, continued use despite harm, and craving.”

Acupuncture is very helpful in treating all forms of addictions. Food, smoking, and medication addictions are the ones I see the most, with great results. With smoking, often only one treatment is needed!! Very awesome. With medication addiction, a series of treatments over a short period of time is appropriate. With food, and appetite control, acupuncture is helpful quickly. The point sites vary a little from person to person, but ear points can always be included in the choice. A complete history and exam is always important to guide in the choice of point sites.

For more information, visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com