Acupuncture is a part of East Asian medicine developed in China over 2,500 years ago and currently practiced throughout Asia, Europe and the United States. Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into specific points on the surface of the body for the purpose of stimulating healing.

American Academy of Medical Acupuncture (
A physician-only professional acupuncture society. Their site provides a medical acupuncturist referral service located by state or area code as well as general information and research on acupuncture.

National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) (
There are approximately 14,000 licensed acupuncturists in practice in the U.S. that are NCCAOM board certified. Those interested in locating a qualified, credentialed provider can use the Find a Practitioner feature on this site. Searches can be done by practitioner’s last name, zip code, city, area code or state.

RESEARCH: Avants SK. Margolin A. Holford TR. Kosten TR. “A randomized controlled trial of auricular acupuncture for cocaine dependence.” Archives of Internal Medicine. 160(15):2305-12, 2000. This study was undertaken to evaluate the effectiveness of auricular acupuncture for the treatment of cocaine addiction. Patients who received acupuncture in this study were significantly more likely to test free of cocaine at the end of the eight week treatment period. Researchers concluded that acupuncture shows promise for the treatment of cocaine abuse and should be further studied.

Acupuncture is currently used in many drug treatment facilities or can be part of a self-help program for recovery.