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Author (up) Bullock, M. L.; Umen, A. J.; Culliton, P. D.; Olander, R. T. url  openurl
  Title Acupuncture treatment of alcoholic recidivism: a pilot study Type of Study RCT
  Year 1987 Publication Alcoholism, clinical and experimental research Abbreviated Journal Alcohol Clin Exp Res  
  Volume 11 Issue 3 Pages 292-295  
  Keywords Acu Versus Sham; Acupuncture; AcuTrials; Alcoholism; Auricular Acupuncture; Fixed Acupuncture Protocol; Penetrating Sham; NADA Protocol Acupuncture Style; Near Verum Acupoint Control; Pilot Study; RCT; Restricted Modalities, Acupuncture Only; Sham Control; Standard Needling Depth; TCM Acupuncture Style; Substance-Related Disorders; Alcohol-Related Disorders; Group Acupuncture Style; Substance Abuse; Drug Addiction  
  Abstract We performed a randomized trial of acupuncture on a group of 54 hardcore alcoholic recidivists to determine if sobriety could be achieved and episodes of drinking and/or Detox Center admissions be decreased by this mode of therapy. Patients in the treatment group received acupuncture points specific for the treatment of substance abuse; control patients received nonspecific points. Significant differences in the two groups were noted at the end of the study. Patients in the treatment group expressed less need for alcohol (p less than 0.003), and had fewer drinking episodes (p less than 0.0076) and admissions to the Detox Center (p less than 0.03) during the study than did control patients. The majority of treated patients felt that acupuncture had a definite impact on their desire to drink, whereas only a few control patients noted this effect (p less than 0.015). The results of this study suggest that acupuncture may be able to interdict the cycle of alcoholic recidivism. Further investigation is needed to define the role of acupuncture in the treatment of alcoholism more precisely  
  Language Number of Treatments 29  
  Treatment Follow-up N/A Frequency >1/WK Number of Participants 54  
  Time in Treatment 11 Weeks Condition Alcohol-Related Disorders
  Disease Category Substance-Related Disorders OCSI Score  
  Notes Approved no  
  Call Number Serial 100  
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