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Fam Community Health. 2007 Apr-Jun;30(2):112-20.

Acupuncture treatment for women with concurrent substance use and anxiety/depression: an effective alternative therapy?

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Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Christine_Courbasson@camh.net

Abstract

This exploratory study evaluated the benefits of adding auricular acupuncture to a 21-day outpatient structured psychoeducational treatment program for women with concurrent substance use problems, anxiety, and depression. Women receiving acupuncture (n = 185) reported having reduced physiological cravings for substances, felt significantly less depressed, less anxious, and were better able to reflect on and resolve difficulties than women in the control group (n = 101). It was found that auricular acupuncture, as an adjunct therapy to a comprehensive psychoeducational treatment program for women with addictions, shows promise in being an effective, more viable treatment alternative to anxiolytics.

PMID:
19241647
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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