The Baltimore Sun newspaper recently ran a story describing how acupuncture has been used in the Baltimore City Detention Center for 16 years. The program was created for non-violent offenders who have problems with drug abuse. Instead of prison, people can be sentenced to a rigorous 45-day behind-bars program that includes 25 acupuncture sessions, group and individual counseling, GED training, life-skills classes and family mediation for addicts who want to mend devastated relationships.
Acupuncture can curb cravings for drugs and the inmates in Baltimore also report that it helps to clear their minds and soothe them. This effect, in conjunction with the other services, gives them a fighting chance against their addictions.