Caren Penland, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas: Four days a week, Lori McLaughlin waits patiently in a small room, five needles sticking in each ear. Within five minutes, her fidgeting stops and she smiles. “It doesn’t hurt,” she said. “I sleep better. I can relax. And I don’t feel like I have to find $10 so I can go out and buy drugs. Not anymore.” McLaughlin is a regular at acupuncture drug treatment, or acu-detox, sessions offered by the nonprofit Tarrant Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse. She also participates in a new, complementary program, yoga for beginners.
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