Electrostimulation - addiction treatment for the coming millennium
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
J Altern Complement Med 1996 Winter;2(4):485-91. Electrostimulation: addiction treatment for the coming millennium. Patterson MA, Patterson L, Patterson SI. Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, USA
At a period of fundamental review of the health care system, it is timely to re-assess one of medicine's most intractable problems--the treatment of addictions.
The apparently insoluble dilemmas posed by the acute and chronic withdrawal syndromes underlie universally high drop-out and relapse rates.
In a decade of HIV and AIDS infection, poly-substance addiction, potent street drugs, and ossified treatment strategies, it is urgent that policy formulators investigate seriously a flexible system of non-pharmacological transcranial electrostimulation treatment, based on its record of rapid, safe, and cost-effective detoxification in several countries, as one innovative contribution to the challenges presented by addiction in the 1990s.
This is a brief report of the introduction of NeuroElectric Therapy (NET) into Germany, describing the responses of the first 22 cases. The daily progress of a heroin addict and a methadone addict are detailed: both were treated as outpatients for 8 hours daily, for 7 and 10 days respectively.