Smoking & Other Addictions

Stop Smoking Protocol

This program is actually for helping a person to manage addiction in general.  Specifically, the treatments, patient education, and length of the program greatly help the patient to manage his or her withdrawal cravings, and develop strategies (with the help of professional addiction counselors or 12 Step groups if necessary) to cope with social/cognitive aspects of the addiction and avoid relapse.  If a patient is not committed to attempting abstention from the particular addiction, this is not the right protocol.  It is not necessary that the patient succeed in abstaining for two consecutive days, but the attempt IS necessary.  

 

The protocol is structured to support this commitment on the part of the patient to maximize his or her ability to stop performing the behavior to which he or she is addicted. The initial consultation allows the provider to determine whether there is a need for referrals to additional health care/mental health professionals for co-treatment/care.

Initial Consultation

A thorough intake to determine why a patient is addicted, including what the substance offers the patient

Example:  Nicotine is a stimulant. It can focus the mind and help people manage their appetite.  Smoking and other addictions can also seem to help people manage their stress.  Ultimately, however, addictions are a second hand high.  It is extremely important to help the patient experience healthy alternatives to addictive behaviors. Dr. Jones created the protocol based on this premise. 

Protocol Elements

1) 10 Electro-Acupuncture Treatments over a 4 week period. The Electro-Acupuncture stimulates the release of opioids, natural pain fighting chemicals. These opioids greatly help to minimize the withdrawal cravings that make someone want to return to smoking or some other addictive behavior. Acupuncture also facilitates the parasympathetic response, aka, the relaxation response. 

First week: 4 treatments within 4

consecutive days, or 2 sets of 2 treatments,

each within 2 consecutive days

Second week: 3 treatments, two of which

must be within 2 consecutive days if patient

has relapsed

Third week: 2 treatments

Fourth week: 1 treatment

 

 

 

 

2) 4 weeks of Chinese Botanical

Formulas

These formulas are customized, based on Medical

Pulse Diagnosis and through natural chemicals,

extend the effects of the Electro-Acupuncture

treatments, in between visits. Dr. Jones may modify

the formula throughout the four weeks of care, to

address different patterns of disharmony that may

stand in the way of the patient's ability to achieve

success over their addiction.  For example, one

person may need more help clearing phlegm in their sinuses and head so that they can have clearer thinking, and thus avoid the need for a return to a stimulating, but addictive behavior like smoking.  Another person may need botanicals that can clear biofilms, the damp substances in which unfriendly flora (fungal , bacterial infections) thrive.  People who smoke to avoid overeating can greatly benefit from this approach because it makes them less captive to microbes that literally send chemical messages to be fed unhealthy food and drink. 

3) Gaso-transmitter Therapy

Otherwise known as Qi Gong, or meditative breathwork, these simple exercises complement the effects of both Electro-Acupuncture and Chinese Botanical Formulas in helping patients manage their sensitivity to stress, a major factor stimulating addictive behavior.  This helps patients to be able to stop smoking or other addictions.  

4) Supplements 

Certain vitamin and mineral supplements complement the actions of  the other parts of the protocol, especially when the patient is under high stress and has a diet poor in key vitamins and minerals.  

5) Instruction in Primordial Sound

Meditation

 

Last, but not least, Dr. Jones offers a class in

Primordial Sound Meditation, an effortless

meditation technique that offers a real

substitute for the lower grade high of any

addiction.  

Addictions originate in the cycle of Action,

Memory and Desire.  People begin smoking or

some other addictive behavior. This generates a

memory of pleasure, which leads to the desire to

commit that action again.  Without an effective alternative, the action becomes habitual.  

Regular practice of Primordial Sound Meditation

 

•Overshadows the memory provided by addiction, with one that provides greater joy/pleasure/fulfillment and thus a stronger memory than that provided by the memory that led to addiction.

•Meditation facilitates transcendence from the field of memories to the field of pure potentiality.

•In that higher level of consciousness, we seed new memories of love and joy, and also of pleasure, diminishing desire for the lower grade high of addiction.

To start or enhance your path to recovery, call (678) 631-7965.

Or email mindbodywellnessatl@gmail.com.  Stop wasting your

life chasing a memory of a lower grade high. Contact Dr. Jones, 

DACM, LAc, 

today! 

Atlanta Restorative Acupuncture
678.631.7965    Email
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Suite 410, Atlanta, GA 30305

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