In 1972, the first auricular (ear) acupuncture was performed on patients for acute and resistant drug addiction in Hong Kong. As a result, a 35 year study using ear acupuncture at Lincoln Hospital in New York was instituted followed by over 2000 traditional clinics and hospitals incorporating acupuncture as adjunctive treatment.
Auricular or (ear) acupuncture consists of five, small, stainless steel, sterilized for one time use needles inserted into the auricle or outside ear. The treatment is painless, induces a sense of calm, and reduces the classic symptoms of addiction withdrawal.
Often prescribed for anxiety on a short term basis in the hope that physical dependence can be avoided, there are still some patients who experience withdrawal symptoms after only 3 weeks and often continue using to avoid the insomnia, pain reactions, anxiety, and tremors. This can lead to tolerance, dosage escalation and decreased efficacy. Long term use of Lorazepam is considered to be 3 months.
So prevalent is the abuse of benzodiazepines in Palm Desert and the surrounding communities, that the Acupuncture Pain Clinic has instituted a community clinic for benzodiazepine addiction as well as for individuals with addictions to opiates and alcohol.
The Acupuncture Pain Clinic offers a detailed, affordable, comprehensive plan that includes acupuncture, nutritional counseling, lifestyle changes, hormonal balancing and herbs and supplements to reduce symptoms and bring a sense of calm to the body. In addition, unlimited email support is offered for concerns and questions. The average treatment time is 45 minutes to receive the best effect. I was informed by a patient at the Betty Ford Center that the treatments there are usually ten to fifteen minutes, which, in my experience is not long enough to yield the best results. You will also be referred to a support site for benzodiazepine withdrawal. Call for a free consultation.