Massage offers many biological and emotional benefits that directly correlate to recovery from drug addiction, and is already being offered in drug treatment programs across the country.
When people are abusing drugs, their bodies are in an addiction cycle in which the drugs (or alcohol of cigarettes) they are taking into their system releases a chemical effect. In the case of most drugs, the natural chemical we carry in our system that triggers feelings of pleasure — dopamine — is released, at much higher levels than we have in our bodies normally.
People who are addicted continue to search for the dopamine high, and may become dependent; when they try to quit or go through withdrawal, their dopamine level spirals to lows that are less than our normal levels. This is how the cycle of addiction, a biological, emotional and psychic disease, is created.
Massage can help in a recovery program because it helps increase the levels of dopamine in the brain, as well as decreasing the stress chemical in the body (cortisol), and helping with pain management. By stimulating the circulation of blood and lymph throughout the body it also helps in the body’s detoxification process.
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There is no question that drug addiction is one of the fastest-growing health problems in the U.S. today, with usage of both street drugs and abuse of prescription medications reaching almost epidemic proportions. Everyone agrees that we need solutions, but can therapeutic massage play a part in treating addiction?
At first glance that might seem like an odd question. You might wonder what a massage can do to address drug addiction. It turns out that massage therapy may be helpful in treating addictions of several sorts – not only drugs but also alcohol and nicotine.