• Auricular acupuncture refers to the stimulation of nerves in the outer ear using sterile needles.
  • The resulting neural stimulation causes beneficial changes in the brain that improve the well being of the patient.
  • Used very successfully for many years with this client group to help with detoxification process and to improve general well-being.
  • There is now much evidence to support the neurophysiological benefits of providing this acupuncture protocol as a primary care tool.
  • The benefits of the treatment were first identified in the 1970’s in Hong Kong and it was then subsequently pioneered in the U.S.
  • SMART UK has since made vast improvements in the understanding and teaching of this protocol and the treatment has been incorporated into thousands of treatment settings.


Greatly reduces cravings
Alleviates withdrawal symptoms
Reduces stress
Lessens hostility
Lessens denial
Improves attending in group counselling session
Increases desire to access and participate in long-term programmes
No diagnosis session required – immediate relief and proactive action
taken with clients.
Cheaper than pharmaceutical treatment of addition