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  Evidence Base  
    There have been many successful research projects into the potential beneficial effects of auricular acupuncture for substance misuse.

As long ago as 1975 Wen et al compared drug abstinence in an ear acupuncture group and a methadone group. The ear acupuncture group were reported to be nearly twice as likely to be free of drugs at one year (51% Aac v 29% methadone).
 
  Bier et al  
21/11/2006
 
   

Use of auricular acupuncture with smoking cessation programmes.

 
  Wheatley 2005  
26/06/2007
 
   

Most recent UK based research carried out in conjunction with Maximum Security Prisons, Cambridge University and SMART UK.

Full presentation available in email format directly from  SMART UK - call 01926 311912 or email for reply to info@smart-uk.com

 

 
  McLellan 2000  
21/11/2006
 
    The reality of chronic addiction as a medical disease.  
  Ackerman 2003 Review  
21/11/2006
 
    The importance of the therapeutic alliance between patient and counsellers.  
  Bullock 1987  
21/11/2006
 
    Pilot trial in relation to use of auricular acupuncture with patients with alcohol dependence.  
  Bullock 2002  
21/11/2006
 
    Supports the use auricular acupuncture for alcohol dependence.  
  Margolin et al  
21/11/2006
 
   

Ear acupuncture shows longevity of abstinence and the merits of incorporating auricular acupuncture as an adjunct to other psychosocial treatment programmes.

 
  Liption 1994  
21/11/2006
 
   

Trial to evaluate the alleviation of withdrawal symptoms using Auricular Acupuncture

 
  Washburn et al (1993)  
21/11/2006
 
    Compared true ear acupuncture to sham acupuncture for heroin detoxification. Those assigned true acupuncture faired much better than those who received sham acupuncture  
  Lipton et al (1994)  
21/11/2006
 
    compared true ear acupuncture to sham, both in conjunction with counselling and found 50% tested negative urines during the first month of treatment compared to 24%  
  Washburn et al (1993)  
21/11/2006
 
    compared true ear acupuncture to sham acupuncture. Those assigned true acupuncture attended the clinic more, reported less heroin use, had less evidence of drug use in urine samples and stayed in treatment longer than those assigned sham acupuncture.compared true ear acupuncture to sham acupuncture.  
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