After years of being unable to give up drugs, Lisa sought out a counsellor who she hoped would be able to help overcome her addiction. Her counsellor suggested to her that she try acupuncture, and although she was initially surprised by the suggestion she decided to try out the alternative therapy.
Lisa visited the Boston Public Health Commission’s Acupuncture Clinic for her treatment, where sessions are free for those who have been referred by a counsellor.
The technique itself works by putting five quarter inch size needles into specific points in both ears to stimulate certain pressure points. The needles stay in for around 45 minutes, during which patients can nap, relax or look at artwork.
Diaz said that after just a week she felt far more positive, grounded and she even began to feel that she could succeed in overcoming her addiction.
Six years down the line and Diaz is now drug free and is putting her life back together again. She found that stopping acupuncture altogether resulted in relapses so continues to incorporate it into her daily routine.
“Now I can stop myself, like if I’m having a stressful day. Now I can stop myself and regroup easier,” Diaz said. “It made me a stronger person.”