Acupuncture for smoking cessation, cravings, and all kinds of addictions utilizes the NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) protocol which consists of 5 ear points, a great adjunct to a comprehensive treatment program consisting of counseling, education, and support groups. The NADA protocol is best utilized during the ACTION Stage of Change model. This is the stage where you believe you have the ability to change your behavior and are actively involved in taking steps to change by depending on your own willpower. This stage has the greatest risk for relapse, and the NADA protocol helps to lower that risk.
- More optimistic and cooperative attitude towards process of recovery and withdrawal
- Less cravings
- Less anxiety
- Improved sleep
- Less need for medications
- Improved treatment program retention
Evidence for Acupuncture Detoxification
A wide variety of controlled clinical trials, outcome summaries, and anecdotal reports about the use of acupuncture in addiction treatment have been appearing since the 1970's in journals specializing in addictions, mental health, public health, criminal justice, and acupuncture. A subcategory of this published work has focused specifically on the NADA protocol in improving patient outcomes in terms of program retention, reduction in cravings, anxiety, sleep disturbances, and need for pharmaceuticals.
"I began smoking at a young age and continued off and on into my adult life. I didn't really smoke regularly until I was 18 and in college. I had quit with the assistance of Chantix; the prescription medication before my husband and I began to try and have a child. It did work and I quit through my pregnancy and about two or so months after our daughter was born. However, as soon as stress arose (as it inevitably does with a newborn!) I began again. That was how I handled anything stressful, with a cigarette.
I began to see Dr. Lee in May of 2011. I quit smoking and have stayed quit since August 2011. This seems like a short time and it is however, there's a difference from the time before. Instead of popping a pill, Dr. Lee helped address my triggers and to alter my behavior in order to stop the cravings. The acupuncture was secondary in the treatment and only helped my body to adjust and to heal from the damage I had done with smoking. After only a few sessions with Dr. Lee, my cravings became non-existent. I had purchased an e-cigarette to help in my transition but found that I didn't even use it beyond two or three days.
I can now breathe deeply and easy. It's an amazing, calming feeling to be able to do that. The key to the success of all of this as in anything; is YOU have to want to quit. Once you make that decision, see Dr. Lee she can guide you from there down a path where smoking no longer has control over you." ~ Jayme ~