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Addiction Recovery Supplemented With Acupuncture Therapy
Acupuncture Therapy is Assisting Individuals in Addiction Recovery.
State government officials are exploring this alternative treatment method and others to address Ohio's opioid epidemic.
According to the Ohio Department of Health, 4,050 unintentional drug overdose deaths occurred in 2016.
Pickaway and Ross Counties recently experienced a spike in drug overdoses.
The state awarded a $434,000 Targeted Community Alternatives to Prison grant for Knece to use for addiction treatment, including the acupuncture therapy, and other justice programs. The grant is to help fifth-degree felony offenders stay out of jail.
The acupuncture therapy is offered in tandem with Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous groups, cognitive-behavioral therapy and other forms of treatment.
Laux administers auricular acupuncture to participants at the Pickaway Area Recovery Services twice a week.
Many individuals have reported mood improvements and stress relief with the help of the treatment.
A recent study published in East Asian Archives of Psychiatry found that acupuncture was effective in treating opioid withdrawal symptoms, specifically depression and anxiety.
Laux stated that the stimuli produced by the acupuncture therapy helps patients focus on their road to recovery.