Acupuncture helps smokers kick the habit
Addiction Services offering new program
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.