Auricular acupuncture as an adjunctive treatment for cocaine addiction. A pilot study

Am J Addict. Spring 1998;7(2):164-70.


The authors conducted a single-blind study of auricular acupuncture in 36 cocaine-dependent inpatient veterans on a substance abuse treatment unit to determine whether the treatment could help reduce craving, increase treatment retention, and prevent relapse. Acupuncture was given on a predetermined schedule to both treatment and control groups, with status assessed regularly by independent, blinded raters. The study failed to show a significant difference between treatment and control groups. However, the study patients, as a whole, did remain in treatment longer than a retrospectively analyzed group who received no acupuncture.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Acupuncture Therapy*
  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adult
  • Cocaine-Related Disorders / therapy*
  • Compulsive Behavior / therapy
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pilot Projects
  • Single-Blind Method
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Veterans