My interest in using Acupuncture for detoxification and treating psychological, spiritual, sexual, financial problems goes back to 1989 while I was developing my private practice. Since 1973 I had been using Western medicine and Western developed counseling skills running outpatient programs in Leadville, Castle Rock, Ft. Collins and Denver and inpatient Hospital based programs in Colorado Springs and Boulder, Colorado. I also designed an managed three hospital based programs Houston as well.
In 1989 I observed addicts being safely detoxified with acupuncture, I had also assisted a man stay out of the DT's using hypnosis which kept him out of the anxiety and preconceived ideas he had about detoxification from alcohol from past experience.
I encourage you to view the DVD's, read the reports of research and actual practice done. I've been using this practice since 1991 and I am very impressed with the results.
Dr.Michael Smith and others at Lincoln Hospital in New York discovered a 5 acupuncture point protocol that has worked successfully for years. In face just after the 9'11 bombings in New York Lincoln Hospital sent out auricular acupuncturist to clinics they had all over New York an 100% of those who participated reported very positive results in alleviating their trauma responses for the bombing.
NADA Protocol The Grass Roots Treatment 6min,42sec.
Dr. Michael Smith on Auricular Acupuncture 8min.45sec.
Excerpt from Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) 45
TIPs are “best practice guidelines for substance abuse disorders” (Center for Substance Abuse Treatment 2006).
TIP 45, Detoxification and Substance Abuse Treatment, published in 2006, includes references to the use of acupuncture in programs that provide such services.
Copies of the entire TIP may be obtained free of charge from SAMHSA’s National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI), (800) 729-6686 or (301) 468-2600; TDD (for hearing impaired), (800) 487-4889, or electronically through the following Internet World Wide Web site: www.ncadi.samhsa.gov.)
To download a copy for free, click here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK64115/pdf/TOC.pdf
Chapter 4—Physical Detoxification Services for Withdrawal From Specific Substances
"Acupuncture is one of the more widely used alternative therapies within the context of addictions and behavioral health treatment. It has been used as an adjunct to conventional treatment because it seems to reduce the craving for a variety of substances of abuse and appears to contribute to improved treatment retention rates. In particular, acupuncture has been viewed as an effective adjunct to treatment for alcohol and cocaine disorders, and it also has played an important role in opioid treatment (i.e., methadone maintenance). It is used as an adjunct during maintenance, such as when tapering methadone doses. The ritualistic aspect of the practice of acupuncture as part of a comprehensive treatment program provides a stable, comfortable, and consistent environment in which the client can actively participate. As a result, acupuncture enhances the client’s sense of engagement in the treatment process. This may, in part, account for reported improvements in treatment retention (Boucher et al. 2003). A 1999 CSAT-funded study showed that patients choosing outpatient programs with acupuncture were less likely to relapse in the 6 months following discharge than were patients who had chosen residential programs (Shwartz et al. 1999).
Ear acupuncture detoxification, which was originally developed as an alternative treatment for opioid agonist pharmacotherapy, is now augmenting pharmacotherapy treatment for patients with coexisting cocaine problems (Avants et al. 2000). The advocates of acupuncture have joined with the advocates of opioid agonist pharmacotherapy to create a holistic synthesis. Each has contributed to the success of the other, both clinically and in public perception." --Pages 103-104
Evidence of the NADA Ear Acupuncture Protocol
5. Texas Law on Auricular Acupuncture
OCCUPATIONS CODE TITLE 3. HEALTH PROFESSIONS SUBTITLE C. OTHER PROFESSIONS PERFORMING MEDICAL PROCEDURES CHAPTER 205. ACUPUNCTURE SUBCHAPTER A. GENERAL PROVISIONS Sec.A205.001.AADEFINITIONS. In this chapter: (1) "Acu-detox specialist" means a person certified under Section 205.303. (2) "Acupuncture" means: (A) the nonsurgical, insertion of an acupuncture needle and the application of moxibustion to specific areas of the human body as a primary mode of therapy to treat and mitigate a human condition, including evaluation and assessment of the condition; and (B) the administration of thermal or electrical treatments or the recommendation of dietary guidelines, energy flow exercise, or dietary or herbal supplements in conjunction with the treatment described by Paragraph (A). (3) "Acupuncture board" means the Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners. (4) "Acupuncturist" means a person who: (A) practices acupuncture; and (B) directly or indirectly charges a fee for the performance of acupuncture services. (5) "Chiropractor" means a person licensed to practice chiropractic by the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners. (6) "Executive director" means the executive director of the Texas Medical Board. (7) "Medical board" means the Texas Medical Board. (8) "Physician" means a person licensed to practice medicine by the Texas Medical Board. Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch 388, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 719, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001. Amended by: Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 269, Sec. 3.01, eff. September 1, 1 perform acupuncture on a person for: (1) smoking addiction; (2) weight loss; or (3) substance abuse, to the extent permitted by medical board rule adopted with advice from the acupuncture board. Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 388, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 719, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 2001. Sec.A205.303. ACUDETOX SPECIALIST.
(a) The medical board may certify a person as an Acu-detox specialist under this section if the person: (1) provides to the medical board documentation that the person: (A) is a licensed social worker, licensed professional counselor, licensed psychologist, licensed chemical dependency counselor, licensed vocational nurse, or licensed registered nurse; and (B) has successfully completed a training program in acupuncture detoxification that meets guidelines approved by the medical board; and (2) pays a certification fee in an amount set by the medical board. (b) An AcuDetox specialist may practice acupuncture only: (1) to the extent allowed by rules adopted by the medical board for the treatment of alcoholism, substance abuse, or chemical dependency; and (2) under the supervision of a licensed acupuncturist or physician. (c) A program that includes the services of an AcuDetox specialist shall: (1) notify each participant in the program of the qualifications of the AcuDetox specialist and of the procedure for registering a complaint regarding the AcuDetox specialist with the medical board; and (2) keep a record of each client’s name, the date the client received the AcuDetox specialist’s services, and the name, signature, and certification number of the AcuDetox specialist. 21 (d) The medical board may annually renew the certification of an AcuDetox specialist under this section if the person: (1) provides to the medical board documentation that: (A) the certification or license required under Subsection (a)(1)(A) is in effect; and (B) the person has successfully met continuing education requirements established by the medical board under Subsection (e); and (2) pays a certification renewal fee in an amount set by the medical board. (e) The medical board shall establish continuing education requirements for an AcuDetox specialist that, at a minimum, include six hours of education in the practice of acupuncture and a course in either clean needle technique or universal infection control precaution procedures.
Stay tune I'll have more later on using acupressure for rapid relief of all psychological problems, the addictive urge, unresolved grief, anxiety, PTST etc.
Michael Yeager B.A., LCDC, C.ht, CAS, SAP President of Contemporary Teaching and International live, Skype and homestudy clinical training company. www.contemporaryteaching.com - firstname.lastname@example.org