Acupuncture Treatment for Addiction
Acupuncture can effectively help with withdrawal symptoms, but the patient has to want to give up smoking, drugs or alcohol.
Treatment is based on a combination of ear acupuncture points that are used extensively in rehabilitation centers for drug addiction. Nicotine is a drug and the principle of alleviating withdrawal symptoms is the same, regardless of the substance that is causing the addiction (alcohol, heroin, cocaine or nicotine). The combination of points is called the ‘NADA’ protocol and is chosen because it influences the sympathetic nervous system, calms the mind and helps the body detoxify. Body acupuncture points may also be used depending on the underlying patterns observed during the initial consultation.
If particular problems or withdrawal symptoms arise during treatment then these will be addressed, for example, excessive hunger, mood swings, irritability or difficulties sleeping. Therefore, even though a particular protocol is used, treatment will always be individualized to provide maximum benefit.
Treatment is normally twice weekly to begin with and then once a week. It is best to refrain from smoking, drinking or drug use for at least five hours before your first appointment. We have successfully helped people to give up smoking, recreational drugs, prescription medications and alcohol.
We have successfully helped people to give up smoking, recreational drugs, prescription medications and alcohol.