Chemical Dependence / Opioid Addiction
Chemical dependence, frequently characterized by opioid addiction, is characterized by the point where you lose control over your choice to use these drugs. Opioids are prescribed to relieve pain, and are usually safe when you use them correctly. But with misuse, your brain actually changes in certain ways so that you develop a personal urge to use the drug.
Symptoms of Opioid Addiction
The first step toward recovery is recognizing that you have a problem with opioids. The signs and symptoms of substance abuse can be physical, behavioral, and psychological. One clear sign of addiction is not being able to stop using the substance. It is also not being able to stop yourself from using more than the recommended amount.
You may also be addicted if you keep using the drug without your doctor’s consent, even if the drug is causing trouble for you. The trouble may be with your health, with money, with work or school, with the law, or with your relationships with family or friends. Your friends and family may be aware of your addiction problem before you are. They notice the changes in your behavior.
Traditional Chinese Medicine in Treatment of Drug Addiction
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has been practiced in China for more than 2000 years, and for the past 200 years has been used in treatment of drug addiction. The general therapeutic principle of Chinese medicine is based on its approach of “reinforcing healthy Qi and resolving and removing effects of toxicity”. Acupuncture, another essential part of Traditional Chinese medicine, was developed based on the principle that “functions of the human body are controlled by the ‘Jing-Luo’ and ‘Qi-Xue’ system”, and has been used not only in China, but also in the USA, Europe, USA and other countries, for controlling opiate addiction.
There are advantages in using Traditional Chinese medicine for opiate detoxification, including less harmful side effects, high safety and ideal effects in the inhibition of protracted withdrawal symptoms and relapse.
The Yang Institute and Chemical Dependence Treatment
The Yang Institute combines Traditional Chinese medicine with modern medicine when treating chemical dependence. If you are a loved one believe that you have an issue with chemical dependence, you should not hesitate in scheduling an appointment with the Yang Institute to start your path to recovery.