Medical counseling and acupuncture for terminating addiction

dr. Irma Nareswari, B.Med.Sc., Sp.Ak., Subs.Ak-AA(K)
dr. Irma Nareswari, B.Med.Sc., Sp.Ak., Subs.Ak-AA(K). (Source: Instagram)

Jakarta, IO – The “World Narcotics Free Day” is commemorated on 26 June. There are various types of narcotics and psychotropics, including amphetamines. Narcotics severely affect a person’s physical, psychological, and social condition. They can result in addiction soon after one indulges, and it usually comes in through the gateway of other addictive substances like tobacco, alcohol or marijuana. 

“Addiction is caused by chronic brain damage from the drug. It has absolutely nothing to do with a person’s level of faith, and one must mitigate it immediately the moment it is discovered. Addiction affects the central nervous system. In terms of function, the brains of amphetamine addicts are less active than normal brains. Even if you quit for 10 years straight, your brain will never return to normal again,” said dr. Mulya “Yiyi” Liansari, Sp.KJ of Siti Khadijah Islamic Hospital in Palembang, South Sumatra, in the “Harmonious, Narcotics-Free Family” live IG session held on Monday (27/06/2022). 

Narcotics abuse is a problem that requires a comprehensive, integrated, and sustainable approach, one that involves both the addict and everyone around them, especially their family. dr. Irma Nareswari, B.Med. Sc., Sp.Ak., Subs.Ak-AA(K), Cipto Mangunkusumo Kencana Hospital Jakarta’s acupuncture expert, states that it can help mitigate narcotics abuse or addiction. However, the diagnosis of addiction must still come from a relevant psychiatrist. After medical counseling confirms the case, the psychiatrist may refer the patient to get acupuncture therapy. 

“Narcotics use damages both the addict’s physical and psychological conditions, and may also carry severe side effects. Stimulating certain acupuncture points will release the hormones required to mitigate addiction cases, such as dopamine, serotonin, and endorphin. It can help minimize substance withdrawal symptoms, reduce aggression, and recover the brain area. Acupuncture for narcotic addicts may help repair their cognitive and executive functions, which are important in controlling the impulsiveness, craving, and other withdrawal symptoms,” dr. Irma said.