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About acupuncture treatment 

At NAMS, we offer acupuncture treatment to complement existing psychiatric and psychological treatment programmes for patients with addictive disorders. 

In traditional medicine practice, acupuncture is believed to unblock the flow of energy in the body and restore health. 

Acupuncture treatment 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 disorders.

What to expect 

An assessment by a NAMS addictions acupuncturist will be conducted to determine your suitability for the treatment. 

During treatment, needles will be administered at certain parts of the body, typically on the limbs, head and ears.

Only pre-sterilised, single-use and disposable acupuncture needles will be used to ensure that there is no transmission of infectious diseases between patients. You are advised to wear comfortable and loose clothing for the treatment. 

You will be required to rest for 20-30 minutes after the needles have been administered. You will be monitored and cared for by an acupuncturist throughout the treatment. 

After your treatment is completed, a nurse or acupuncturist will discharge you. You are also advised to rest and to avoid any strenuous activities after treatment.

Who can sign up 

To qualify for this treatment, you have to be at least 21 years old and have an alcohol, drug or nicotine addiction.

If you are new to NAMS and would like to know if acupuncture is useful for you, you will need to be assessed by our doctor for suitability for acupuncture treatment before you can book an appointment. 

Existing NAMS clients may approach NAMS clinic staff to book an appointment for acupuncture treatment directly. 

To find out more or to make appointments, please contact our Helplines at 6-RECOVER (67326837) or 1800-6668668.

To learn more, you may download our educational brochures.

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