Human beings have habits and needs.
We start calling a specific habit an addiction when the substance the person is using is harmful to the body and/or the person finds it hard to stop the use of this substance.
Not all addiction involve the use of “exotic” substance. Some of the “addictions” people complain about today include coffee, cigarettes, alcohol, chocolate, and carbohydrates.
Many of the well-known addiction centers around North America are now using acupuncture as part of their treatment, and sometimes as the main treatment.
In regards to illegal street drugs, they mostly use Ear Acupuncture, as it is very safe, easy to use, fast and cheap. The use of whole body acupuncture is just as good, but much more involved and expensive.
In the milder addictions, like eating habits and other legal substances, Traditional Chinese medicine is a great treatment option as it treats the whole body, on physical as well as emotional level.
Treatments like this usually if more beneficial in combination with counseling and other psychological work, as the roots of these addictions are usually in emotional issues.
I tend to use Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine as the main form of treatment, and support the person with natural supplements as well as homeopathic remedies.
Dr. Eyal Lebel is both a Dr.of TCM, Acupuncture, as well as a Master herbalist of “western herbal remedies” in Vancouver, BC.