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Behav. Sci. 2015, 5(4), 537-546; doi:10.3390/bs5040537

Impulsivity and Stillness: NADA, Pharmaceuticals, and Psychotherapy in Substance Use and Other DSM 5 Disorders

Department of Psychiatry, Carolinas Healthcare System, 501 Billingsley Road, Charlotte, NC, 28211, USA
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Received: 15 June 2015 / Revised: 2 November 2015 / Accepted: 8 November 2015 / Published: 26 November 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Addictive Behaviors: Assessment and Treatment)
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Pharmaceuticals and psychotherapy are commonly used in the management of impulsivity. The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) protocol is an adjunctive therapy that involves the bilateral insertion of 1 to 5 predetermined ear needle points. One of the main benefits reported by patients, providers, and programs utilizing NADA is the sense of stillness, centering, and well-being. The induction of this attitude is seen as contributing to improved clinical outcomes including engagement and retention. The attitude of stillness is also suggestive of a pathway to mitigating impulsivity. Impulsivity is associated with substance use disorders and other DSM 5 diagnoses. Impulsivity has characteristics that are manifested clinically in behaviors such as disinhibition, poor self-control, lack of deliberation, thrill seeking, risk-taking. NADA holds promise as a useful treatment adjunct in the comprehensive management of disorders for which impulsivity is a prominent component. View Full-Text
Keywords: NADA; impulsivity; acudetox; mindfulness; pharmacology; adjunctive treatment; psychotherapy; substance use disorder; DSM NADA; impulsivity; acudetox; mindfulness; pharmacology; adjunctive treatment; psychotherapy; substance use disorder; DSM
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Carter, K.; Olshan-Perlmutter, M. Impulsivity and Stillness: NADA, Pharmaceuticals, and Psychotherapy in Substance Use and Other DSM 5 Disorders. Behav. Sci. 2015, 5, 537-546.

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