Acupunc­ture helps smok­ers kick the habit

Ad­dic­tion Ser­vices of­fer­ing new pro­gram

The Citizen-Record (Cumberland) - - COMMUNIT Y - BY DAR­RELL COLE

AMHERST - With more peo­ple want­ing to kick what’s an in­creas­ingly ex­pen­sive and un­healthy habit, Ad­dic­tion Ser­vices is again of­fer­ing acupunc­ture treat­ment.

“Auric­u­lar ear acupunc­ture has been found to be ef­fec­tive in deal­ing with a wide range of health con­cerns as­so­ci­ated with ad­dic­tion, com­pul­sive be­hav­iour and post trau­matic stress,” Betsy Prager said. “It can help re­lieve symp­toms of with­drawal such as crav­ings, headaches, body aches, nau­sea, sweat­ing and mus­cle cramp­ing.”

Prager doesn’t have pre­cise fig­ures, but she said as ef­fec­tive as acupunc­ture is in the bat­tle against smoking, it’s un­der­uti­lized in Cum­ber­land County. She thinks there are a lot of smok­ers out there try­ing to quit who may not know about that ser­vice or other smoking ces­sa­tion pro­grams of­fered at Ad­dic­tion Ser­vices.

All the ther­a­pists at Ad­dic­tion Ser­vices are trained and cer­ti­fied with the Na­tional Acupunc­ture Detox­i­fi­ca­tion As­so­ci­a­tion.

Prager said there is a nico­tine ces­sa­tion pro­gram of­fered by Ad­dic­tion Ser­vices, but she wants to raise aware­ness that acupunc­ture is also an op­tion.

“It’s based on 3,000 years of Chi­nese medicine,” Prager said. “It’s not a quick fix and is most ef­fec­tive when com­bined with coun­sel­ing. It works best with a se­ries of treat­ments over a pe­riod of time.”

Acupunc­tion, along with coun­sel­ing, helps peo­ple fo­cus on mak­ing pos­i­tive change.

Prager said some peo­ple say they are afraid of the nee­dles, but once they have the treat­ment and see the re­sults they talk about how it helped them quit for good.

Five ster­ile, sin­gle-use acupunc­ture nee­dles are in­serted just un­der the skin at spe­cific points on each ear. The nee­dles re­main in place for 40 min­utes while the clients sit qui­etly.

“The nee­dles are re­ally tiny and they only go in about an eighth of an inch,” she said.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, call Ad­dic­tion Ser­vices at 902-667-7094 to talk to an in­take worker.

There is no cost to par­tic­i­pate in the pro­gram.

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