Become a member of Allies in Recovery and we’ll teach you how to intervene, communicate and guide your loved one toward treatment.Become a member of Allies in Recovery today.

Needles In The Ear Can Help With Addiction? You Heard That Right

Photo credit: city acupuncture

You’d be forgiven if ear acupuncture isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when talk turns to substance use disorder. Numerous studies, however, are documenting the efficacy of a specific procedure (the NADA protocol) for help with craving, withdrawal, and other aspects of addiction. As this article points out, however, the key to success with NADA lies in the details.

It was developed in the Bronx in the early 1970s, but its foundation, traditional Chinese medicine, is one of the oldest health practices in the world. It’s been used with veterans, survivors of natural disasters, and even survivors of the 9/11 terror attacks. And evidence is growing that it can be of real help for those struggling with substance use.

A specialized drug? Hardly. We’re talking about ear acupuncture, the precise placement of sterilized, single-use needles in portions of the outer ear.

In this article from the Cleveland Clinic, licensed acupuncturist Tim Sobo introduces us to the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) acupuncture protocol. While statistically verified studies of the NADA protocol are still rather few, real-world cases of its helpfulness abound. Practitioners note how it has helped their patience reduce the quantity of illegal drugs, tobacco, and alcohol they use, and to manage cravings and other symptoms of withdrawal. Overall, NADA has led to great improvements in quality of life for many with substance use challenges.

Better still, according to Sobo, “the side effects are essentially non-existent” when the NADA protocol is correctly delivered. But he emphasizes that defining correctly is key. Only licensed NADA practitioners should offer the treatment. It’s also important that the acupuncture treatment be given alongside other, ongoing forms of treatment. It’s not a substitute for such treatments, but it can be a great enhancement.

Here’s a link to the full article:


Related Posts from "Resource Supplement"

Eating Disorders: Myths, Realities, and Recovery Paths Explained

Finding a health professional who truly understands eating disorders is no easy task. And for those who suffer from them, it can be just as hard to avoid the judgments and unhelpful comments of friends, family, or coworkers. This interview with one of the world’s leading experts on eating disorders takes a broom to those old and stigmatizing ideas. It also offers pointers for standing by a Loved One suffering from an eating disorder.

Fifteen Rounds of Rehab: Why Matthew Perry, Like Countless Others, Struggled for Decades Before He Got Clean

We don’t know just how the star of “Friends” died, but we do know—because he was so remarkably open about it—that he struggled with substance use disorder for most of his life. We also know that in his last years, he had succeeded in quitting both alcohol and opioids. It can happen, but why is it so hard? This article reviews the deeply intertwined biological and social realities of addiction.

Naming and Understanding the Symptoms of Childhood Trauma

Childhood trauma of any kind leaves its mark. Severe or sustained trauma generates certain telltale symptoms in survivors. Licensed therapist and life coach Patrick Teahan, himself a survivor of childhood trauma, breaks down three of the most prominent symptoms. By reaching a deeper understanding of what’s occurring inside us, he argues, we’re in a far better position to overcome the challenges that result.

Substance Use Disorder: A Guide For the Family

The Recovery Research Institute, affiliated with Harvard Medical School, is dedicated to advancing the understanding and treatment of addiction. This page on substance use and the family is an extremely well-designed information hub. It’s a great place to start your journey to deeper understanding—or to remind yourself of the basics.

“We Were So Blind” : Dr Bessel van der Kolk on Healing Trauma, Part II

In this second part of his discussion on healing trauma—which is perfectly understandable on its own—celebrated psychologist and author Bessel van der Kolk will leave you feeling both hopeful and humbled. Whether it’s professional-administered psychedelics, EMDR, or yoga, he sees a world of promise for trauma sufferers. But he also stresses that these treatments, like trauma itself, are something we’re just beginning to understand.

Gabor Maté: How Childhood Trauma Leads to Addiction

Early trauma and addiction are painfully connected. Understanding that connection can help us recover from both. Addiction, says physician and author Gabor Maté, is not fundamentally a brain disorder or a consequence of genetics. Rather, it’s a doomed attempt to escape the pain and suffering rooted in childhood trauma. For anyone with a Loved One struggling with substance use, this connection is vital to understand.