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 Acupuncture Treatment

Acupuncture has shown therapeutic effect on alcohol dependence and substance dependence condition. It helps to deal with the physical and psychological distresses of addiction such as depression. Since the mechanism of treatment is similar across different types of addiction, the benefits and effectiveness of acupuncture treatment would apply to both substance and behavioral addiction.

The National Addictions Management Service (NAMS) offers acupuncture treatment to complement existing psychiatric and psychological treatment programmes for patients with addiction disorders, including pathological gambling, internet addiction and substance dependence.
 
This acupuncture service aims to aid in recovery from addictions by reducing the severity of withdrawal symptoms, pain and cravings, as well as the symptoms of some comorbid disorders such as mood disorder and anxiety. The treatment will focus on enhancing brain functions and improving physical symptoms and behavioural problems, which can increase an individual's chances of recovery from addictions and having an improved quality of life.

 

What is acupuncture?
 
Acupuncture is a form of therapy in which fine needles are inserted into specific points (acupoints) on the body to remove the blockages of ‘qi’ and to restore health.

Acupuncture treatment for addictions is meant to complement and enhance existing medical or psychological treatment programmes for patients.

Is acupuncture safe?

 
Acupuncture is generally very safe. Serious side effects are very rare.
 
Is there anything your practitioner needs to know prior to acupuncture treatment?
 
Apart from the usual medical details, it is important that you let your practitioner know in advance if you:
   Have experienced faints or fits in the past
   Have a pacemaker or any other electrical implants
   Have a bleeding disorder or are taking blood thinners    
   Have a damaged heart valve or have any other particular risk of infection
   Have any blood borne infectious diseases such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C or Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
    Are pregnant
 
If there are any particular concerns that apply in your case, your practitioner will discuss them with you.
 
What will be used during the acupuncture session?
 
Pre-sterilised, individually-packed disposable acupuncture needles are used to ensure that there is no transmission of communicable diseases between patients.
 

Recommended Treatment Duration

For optimal treatment outcomes, it is recommended that patients complete a cycle of 10 sessions over six weeks:

          2 sessions per week for the first 8 sessions

          1 session per week for the subsequent sessions

After the completion of this package of 10 sessions, the patient may be recommended to take up further sessions. The addiction acupuncturist will advise after an assessment and diagnosis of the patient’s condition.

 

Clinic Operating Hours

 
Mondays : 2.00pm - 5.00pm
Tuesdays :  2.00pm - 5.00pm
Thursdays : 8.00am -12.00pm
 

Referral Process

 
Patients may be referred for NAMS acupuncture treatment from NAMS and other IMH departments, other restructured hospitals or private doctors, or self-referrals by patients. Appointment can be made at 6389 2200.
For information : 6389 2000
To make an appointment : 6389 2200
All Addictions Helpline : 6-RECOVER (6-7326837)
National Problem Gambling Helpline: 1800-6-668-668

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