Local clinic uses acupuncture to treat opioid addiction

Local clinic uses acupuncture to treat opioid addiction


>>WE WILL START WITH THIS FIVE NEEDLE PROTOCOL. PAUL: JASON STEIN OF ROCKY COAST FAMILY ACUPUNCTURE IN SOUTH PORTLAND DEMONSTRATES HIS TECHNIQUE ON HIS COWORKER, LEAH CHAMBERLIN.>>ACUPUNCTURE IS REALLY EFFECTIVE IN MANAGING WITHDRAL SYMPTOMS AND CRAVINGS, AND IT DOES THIS BY CALMING THE NERVOUS SYSTEM. PAUL: THIS IS CALLED THE FIVE NEEDLE PROTOCOL, AND FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS, THE NATIONAL ACUPUNCTURE DETOXIFICATION ASSOCIATION HAS BEEN PROMOTING THIS TECHNIQUE FOR PEOPLE STRUGGLING WITH ADDICTION. JASON SAYS IT’S JUST ONE PIECE OF THE PUZZLE WHEN IT COMES TO FIGHTING SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER.>>I THINK IT ALLOWS OTHER THERAPIES TO WORK MORE EFFECTIVELY. PAUL: FOR SEVERAL YEARS NOW, JASON’S PRACTICE HAS BEEN WORKING WITH DAY ONE, THE SOUTH PORTLAND-BASED ORGANIZATION THAT’S FOCUSED ON HELPINGEENS BATTLE ADDICTION. CAROLINEAYMOND IS THE CEO. SHE SAYS JASON HAS BEEN HELPING TEENS WHO ARE IN DAY ONE’S RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT PROGRAM.>>WE WERE GETTING REPORTS FROM CLIENTS THAT THEY HAD IMPROVED SLEEP, THAT THEY WERE EXPERIENCING LESS ANXIETY, THAT THEY HAD IMPROVED MOOD. PAUL: CAROLINE SAYS ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS MAY BE ABLE TO REDUCE THE LEVEL OF CARE SOMEONE NEEDS.>>SOMETIMES, IT’S NOT ALWAYS THE STANDARD WAYS THAT CAN HELP. PAUL: SOME OF THE TEENS AT DAY ONE HAVE PRIVATE INSURANCE THAT WILL PAY FOR A FULL REGIMEN OF COMPLIMENTARY TREATMENT LIKE ACUPUNCTURE, BUT MANY DON’T.>>AT THIS POINT, THERE AREN’T A LOT OF INSURANCES THAT COVER IT, WHICH IS WHY WE’VE EITHER DONE IT PRO BONO ORELIED ON GRANTS. PAUL: MAINECARE WILL NOT REIMBURSE FOR ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENTS TO HELP TRE OPIOID ADDICTION, BUT THERE ARE TWO BILLS AT THE STATE HOUSE RIGHT NOW THAT COULD CHANGE THAT. PART OF AN EMAILED STATEMENT FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES READS, “THE DEPARTMENT CONTINUES TO FOCUS ON EVIDENCE-BASED TREATMENT OPONS THAT WILL PROVIDE THBEST OUTCOME, MEDICATION-ASSISTED TREATMENT HAS SHOWN THE STRONGEST RESULTS. UNDER OUR OPIOID HEALTH HOME PL HOWEVER, INDIVIDUALS WILL BE ABLE TO ENGAGE IN ALTERNATIVE TYPES OF TREATMENT.” JASON SAYS HE’S HOPING THAT A SHIFT IN THE WAY THE STATE VIEW ACUPUNCTURE WILL MAKE IT EASIER FOR HIM TO PROVIDE HIS SERVICES ADDICTION.>>WHEN PEOPLE REPORT BACK TO THEIR DOCTORS AND THEN DOCTORS REPORT BACK TO THE INSURANCE COMPANIES WITH IMPROVEMENTS IN THESE KIND OF CONDITIONS, THAT

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  1. But does it get rid of the double vision the heroin and morphine withdrawals clients get when they go cold turkey? It lasts at least 10 weeks I’ve heard before it starts to get better.

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