Detox Treatment – Drug Addiction

How can acupuncture treat addiction?

The exact mechanism in treating addiction is unclear. However, The neurochemical and behavioral evidence showed that acupuncture directly or indirectly affects the mesolimbic dopamine system. The research results suggest that stimulation of specific acupoints inhibits ethanol-induced dopamine release by modulating GABAB activity and implies that acupuncture may be effective in blocking the reinforcing effects of ethanol (Alcohol).
Is acupuncture effective?
In the United States, outpatient acupuncture treatment of patients with drug and alcohol addictions has been provided for more than 20 years. Although positive effects were shown in control studies, the effectiveness of acupuncture treatment in drug addiction is not well-established and is still disputed. This entire field of research is still at an early stage, holding some promise, but requiring larger-scale and more demanding research studies  (WHO, 2003).

What is the evidence base for acupuncture detoxification?

A wide variety of controlled clinical trials, outcome summaries and anecdotal reports about the use of acupuncture in addiction treatment have been appearing since the 1970s in journals specializing in addictions, mental health, public health, criminal justice and acupuncture. These reports differed vastly in terms of methodology, populations studied, statistical sophistication and clinical relevance as well as in their findings about the value of acupuncture. A sub-category of this published work has focused specifically on the NADA protocol. Within this sub-category is found strong evidence for the effect of the NADA protocol in improving patient outcomes in terms of program retention, reductions in cravings, anxiety, sleep disturbance and need for pharmaceuticals. Evidence also continues to grow for the use of the NADA protocol in psychiatric/behavioral health care, humanitarian aid/trauma, as well as cancer care.

Auricular acupuncture and detoxification treatment
Auricular acupuncture protocol is used around the world to help people deal with and recover from substance abuse. The  National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) protocol has been shown in a variety of clinical settings to be beneficial in the process of detoxification from substance abuse as well as to help with the emotional, physical and psychological attributes involved in addictions.
The benefit of Auricular Acupuncture
Unlike many drugs, it is non-toxic, and adverse reactions are minimal.
Acupuncture is not a cure for addiction. It works with other types of addition treatment and can give a sense of well-being and reduce some patients’ symptoms including: Cravings, Anxiety, Insomnia, Withdrawal symptoms, and Racing thoughts.