AcuTrials

Controlled trial of acupuncture for severe recidivist alcoholism

Item

Title

Controlled trial of acupuncture for severe recidivist alcoholism

Journal Publication

Date

1989

volume

1(8652)

pages

1435-1439

Research Type

RCT

Abstract

In a placebo-controlled study, 80 severe recidivist alcoholics received acupuncture either at points specific for the treatment of substance abuse (treatment group) or at nonspecific points (control group). 21 of 40 patients in the treatment group completed the programme compared with 1 of 40 controls. Significant treatment effects persisted at the end of the six-month follow-up: by comparison with treatment patients more control patients expressed a moderate to strong need for alcohol, and had more than twice the number of both drinking episodes and admissions to a detoxification centre

Frequency of Treatment

>1/WK

Time in Treatment

8 Weeks

has health condition studied

Substance-Related Disorders

has study population number

80

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