Carolyn began using acupuncture for addiction treatment in substance abuse treatment programs in 1992 in Sacramento, CA and provided acupuncture to the Sacramento County Probation Department Drug Court, Kaiser Permanente's Chemical Dependency Recovery Program, and multiple other private and public treatment facilities.
In 1999 Carolyn was given the Harold Cole Annual Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Prevention and Treatment by the Sacramento County Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board.
In 2007 Carolyn was the founding director of the Alliance for Addiction Solutions www.allianceforaddictionsolutions.com, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to using acupuncture, nutrition, exercise, and other mind-body integration techniques to repair the brains of people with addictive and mental health disorders. Today she serves as president of the Alliance Board of Directors. She is also a Registered Trainer for the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association, training acupuncturists and others on using ear points to release natural painkillers and mood elevators, reduce anxiety and depression, and improve sleep in cases of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), mental illness, and addiction.
Carolyn has lectured at state and national conferences, written magazine articles on the use of pharmaceutical-free treatments for addiction recovery, and serves as a consultant to help develop nutrition and acupuncture programs in private and public treatment facilities for those needing a holistic, compassionate, and drug-free path to recovery and health.
from November 12, 2020
with Carolyn Reuben
from November 12, 2020
Nutrition is within the scope of practice of California acupuncturists but in our schools we are not trained to use individual amino acids and a pro-recovery diet to quickly stop cravings for drugs, behaviors, and food. Yet, decades of research and empirical evidence support these quick and efficient treatment modalities. Meanwhile, during COVID-19, citizens isolated and quarantined are eating and drinking like never before. Sales of alcohol have increased 55% this year compared to last year at this time and the Mayo Clinic calls the result of our new compulsive eating habits "the quarantine 15".
This presentation reminds participants that their patients may not list overeating or over drinking or over drugging on the intake form but a great number of them ARE in the throes of addiction. Food addiction, alone, is the most dangerous and most common addiction in the United States, causing obesity and diabetes at epic levels in younger and younger individuals. On top of that anxiety and depression are epidemic and most commonly treated with pharmaceuticals such as SSRIs, SNRIs, and highly addictive benzodiazepines. Yet we as acupuncturists have at our fingertips not only excellent acupuncture points as a response, but also useful nutritional tools in amino acids and menu choices. I will detail each of the five amino acids that are useful to respond to patient needs, with results apparent within fifteen minutes, and offer the simple questionnaire that helps the practitioner figure out what the patient's most pressing needs are at that time. The same questionnaire helps both patient and practitioner figure out what dose is needed and when the supplements can be stopped.
Carolyn began using acupuncture for addiction treatment in substance abuse treatment programs in 1992 in Sacramento, CA. Carolyn has lectured at state and national conferences, written magazine articles and is the founding director of the Alliance for Addiction Solutions.