Keystone Substance Abuse Services announce study published in Behavioral Sciences

ROCK HILL, SC Keystone Substance Abuse Services is pleased to announce they have had a study published in Behavioral Sciences and is available online: The article is titled “NADA Ear Acupuncture: An Adjunctive Therapy to Improve and Maintain Positive Outcomes in Substance Abuse Treatment.”

This study was conducted in partnership with Keystone Substance Abuse Services, Rock Hill, SC; Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC – Jonathan Marx, PH.D; Kenneth Carter, MD, MPH; Simon Cairns, L.Ac.; and Michelle Olshan-Perlmutter, PMHCNS, FNP. Special thanks to Dr. Marx for his tremendous efforts with this project. Below is an abstract explaining the study.

Abstract: The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association protocol (NADA) is an adjunctive therapy using 1 to 5 invariant ear acupuncture/acupressure points. This is a randomized prospective study to determine if NADA plus traditional treatment enhance outcomes: quality of life, depression, anxiety and abstinence from substance abuse. There were 100 patients enrolled in the Keystone Substance Abuse Services-Winthrop University Department of Sociology and Anthropology NADA study. All patients completed Generalized Anxiety Disorder scale (GAD-7), Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9), Quality of Life Enjoyment and Satisfaction Questionnaire (Q-LES) prior to starting the program and at program completion. Patients self-reported alcohol, tobacco, and drug use prior to starting the program at program completion and at 3 and 6 month follow-up. Patient characteristics are predictive of completion versus non-completion when race, criminal history and initial drug test is considered. Those identified as nonwhite, (p < 0.05) and patients with positive initial drug test, (p < 0.01) were more likely to complete treatment in the NADA group. Also, among patients with criminal history a higher percentage failed to complete the program in the control group (p < 0.05). Participation in NADA positively associated with Q-LES score (p < 0.05), feeling better about oneself and improved energy (p < 0.05), likelihood of employment upon discharge (p < 0.05), and decreased alcohol use at 3 month follow up (p < 0.05) and 6-month follow-up (p < 0.01). NADA group reported less tobacco use at 6 months (p < 0.05).

A PDF Version can be found at: http://www.mdpi.com/2076-328X/7/2/37/pdf.

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