Wednesday, 9 July 2008
Learning Objective 1: Evaluate the effects of the combination of an electro-ear-stimuli acupuncture and a cognitive behavioral therapy to stop hazardous alcohol drinking
Learning Objective 2: N/A
The purposes of this study were to evaluate the effects of the combination of an electro-ear-stimuli acupuncture and a cognitive behavioral therapy to stop hazardous alcohol drinking. The one group pre-post test design was conducted with 25 hazardous alcohol drinking patients admitted at Banpagong community hospital, Chachuangsao. The qualified sample was screened by a screening questionnaire. An hour-electro-ear-stimuli acupuncture and one hour cognitive behavioral therapy were applied for 10 days in a roll for each participant. The participants were follow up at 1, 2 , 4, 12 weeks, and one year later. The results showed that all participants quitted hazardous alcohol drinking after 10-day intervention. The 3-month follow up found that all participants still quitting alcohol drinking. However, one-year follow up showed that 19 participants (76%) were no longer drinking; whereas 6 participants (22.76%) relapsed to alcohol drinking.
The recommendations include using an electro-ear-stimuli acupuncture combine with a cognitive behavioral therapy would help alcoholic patients quitting alcohol drinking. Further study should be evaluate the long term effects and other relevant outcomes.