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Patients’ experience of auricular acupuncture during protracted withdrawal
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Psychiatry, University Hospital.
Karolinska Institutet, Institutionen för klinisk neurovetenskap.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience.
2012 (English)In: Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, ISSN 1351-0126, E-ISSN 1365-2850, no December 12, 1-7 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Over the last decades interest in using auricular acupuncture for substance dependence care has increased. The specific auricular acupuncture protocol used follows the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) definition. This paper describes patients’ experiences of receiving auricular acupuncture during protracted withdrawal. Interviews were conducted with fifteen patients treated at an outpatient clinic for substance dependence. Content analysis was used to analyze the interviews. The analysis resulted in eight categories of positive experiences and five categories of negative experiences. The positive experiences were: Relaxation and wellbeing, Peacefulness and harmony, New behaviours, Positive physical impact, Importance of context, Anxiety reduction and Reduced drug- and alcohol consumption. The negative experiences were: Nothing negative, Disturbing context, Short term effect, Depending on someone else, Time consuming, Physical distrations and Remaining cravings. The conclusion of this study is that all respondents appreciated NADA treatment. This study supports further research on using NADA in addiction treatment to reduce suffering during protracted withdrawal and in other contexts.

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2012. no December 12, 1-7 p.
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Auricular acupuncture, Substance dependence, Auricular acupuncture, Substance dependence
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-188482DOI: 10.1111/jpm.12028ISI: 000330798000009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-188482DiVA: diva2:577909
Available from: 2012-12-17 Created: 2012-12-17 Last updated: 2014-07-18Bibliographically approved

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