Acupuncture helps people recover from drugs and alcohol problems. It is used in clinics throughout the United States to decrease cravings for drugs and alcohol, reduce withdrawal symptoms, relieve tension, and help people relax. Acupuncture treatments, taken enough times, clear the mind, build energy, and give a sense of well-being.According to Chinese tradition, placing acupuncture needles in the ear affect specific organs such as the liver and kidneys. Studies have confirmed that acupuncture treatments affect various neurochemicals in the body that act on the nervous system. In addition, the treatment triggers the release of natural body chemicals, including endorphins, which help reduce cravings for drugs, ease withdrawal symptoms, and increase relaxation.Acupuncture itself is not a substitute for therapy but is used in addition to counseling and self-help programs.