Did you know that acupuncture can be a component of a substance abuse program? A specific ear protocol is used at more than 2,000 drug and alcohol treatment programs in the U.S. and 40 other countries.
It’s based on the 35-year experience of Lincoln Hospital (Bronx, N.Y.), which delivered 100 acupuncture treatments per day as part of its comprehensive substance disorder program. The nationally-recognized Miami Drug Court is an outgrowth of the Lincoln experience. These centers provide treatments in large groups where patients sit quietly for about 45 minutes.
The ear protocol, called “NADA” can be also integrated into your regular acupuncture treatment, the next time you come in. I often use it when patients have been exposed to extreme stress or are suffering from post traumatic stress disorder as well.