15. February 2018 · Comments Off · Categories: Ear Acupuncture, Substance Abuse

Ear acupuncture improves quality of life and helps maintain positive outcomes in substance abuse treatment, report American investigators. In a randomised study, 100 patients enrolled in a substance abuse programme received either usual care alone, or usual care plus acupuncture using the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) ear acupuncture protocol. NADA patients received at least two twice-weekly bilateral ear acupuncture treatments, while seated together in a group of up to 20 patients. Patients self-reported alcohol, tobacco and drug use prior to starting the programme at programme completion and at three and six month follow-up. Participation in the NADA group was positively associated with quality of life scores, feeling better about oneself, improved energy, likelihood of employment upon discharge, along with decreased alcohol and tobacco use at three- and six-month follow up. The results also showed that patients in higher risk populations (non-white, criminal history, initial positive drug test) were more likely to complete the treatment programme when participating in NADA treatment.

NADA Ear Acupuncture: An Adjunctive Therapy to Improve and Maintain Positive Outcomes in Substance Abuse Treatment. Behav Sci (Basel). 2017 Jun 16;7(2). pii: E37.