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Patients diagnosed with addiction disorders can now undergo acupuncture treatment on top of their existing psychiatric and psychological treatments.

A new acupuncture clinic has been set up by Singapore’s National Addictions Management Service (NAMS) and is co-located with the NAMS Clinic.

National Addictions Management Services, Singapore

This is a pilot service by the Health Ministry to study the benefits of acupuncture as an adjunct treatment to the existing treatment programmes that NAMS offers.

Some addictions include drug, alcohol and gambling additions.

The Institute of Mental Health (IMH) said the acupuncture clinic will combine theories on addiction disorders from both Western medicine and acupuncture in treating patients.

The treatment will focus on improving physical health to change addiction-related behavioural problems.

IMH stressed the acupuncture treatment is not meant to substitute primary treatment programmes which are the mainstay of treatment.

The acupuncture clinic will accept referrals from polyclinics, other restructured hospitals and private specialist clinics.

A NAMS psychiatrist will assess the individual for addiction disorders and see if the acupuncture treatment is suitable for the patient.

Over the last four financial years, NAMS has seen an average of 1,200 new cases of addictions per year.

 



Source : Channel News Asia

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