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Having worked for over 25 years specializing in all addictions, I have gained great appreciation and respect for anyone taking steps to free themselves of the chains from various addictions holding them down. Working in the addiction field and with mental health for provincial programs has given me great knowledge of the multifaceted aspects of addiction.

I have the ability to work one on one with anyone that requires a sober coach, or treatments from my clinic.  I will offer support along with highly successful acupuncture treatments that are proven to be very helpful in relieveing the symptoms of addiction i.e. withdrawal  and cravings thus preventing and halting relapse. Please don't hesitate to call, text or email if you have any questions or need clarification on this service.




                   Acupuncture for Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal


New research concludes that ear acupuncture helps reduce anxiety and other symptoms caused by drug and alcohol withdrawal. The new study  published in the Journal of Psychiatric And Mental Health Nursingnotes that the patients experienced increased relaxation and well-being. Anxiety reduction and reduced drug and alcohol consumption were directly related to the use of the ear acupuncture therapy.

Ear AcupunctureEar AcupunctureEar acupuncture, also known as auricular acupuncture, is the placement of needles on the tissue of the outer ear. The acupuncture protocols used in the study followed those created by NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association). The study noted that no negative side-effects were reported and the study notes that the ear acupuncture had an overall positive physical impact on the patients. Given the success of acupuncture therapy for the treatment of drug and alcohol addiction in this study, the investigators suggest continued research into the use of the NADA acupuncture techniques for addiction withdrawal.

Another recent study finds acupuncture effective for the treatment of withdrawal symptoms and anxiety associated with heroin addiction. In this controlled study, the use of two acupuncture points located on the arm, HT7 and P6, were investigated. The research concluded that both acupuncture points were successful in the treatment of heroin withdrawal symptoms. 

The use of acupuncture point HT7 is widely used for the treatment of anxiety. Also known as Shenmen, Spirit’s Gate, HT7 is valued by licensed acupuncturists for its ability to induce sustained relaxation and benefiting sleep. Another recent study found HT7 had a “markedly reduced reinstatement of cocaine-seeking” in lab rats. The inhibition rate exceeded 85%. In yet another study of human subjects conducted at Yale University it was discovered that acupuncture is significantly effective in the treatment of cocaine addiction. The subjects were much less likely to return to cocaine use if they had received acupuncture treatments.


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