| Chiropractic helps in
treatment of addicts
From the March 29, 2001 issue of the Miami Herald
comes a story of how chiropractic care is helping those in a Miami drug
The story starts by explaining that patients in a residential
drug-addiction program who received chiropractic care designed to realign
their vertebrae completed the treatment program at a remarkable 100
Ninety-eight patients at Miami's Exodus
drug-treatment program participated in the study that was featured in a
Journal of Nature magazine called "Molecular Psychiatry". The study also reported that the patients involved in the study at the
treatment center who received chiropractic care made fewer visits to a
nurses' station and showed significant decreases in anxiety.
Dr. Jay Holder, medical director of the Exodus
program and the chiropractor who conducted the study said, "Completing a 28- to 30-day program greatly enhances an addict's
chances of staying clean, but nationally only 72 percent of participants
make it all the way through such programs." Holder went on to say,
"This correction of what chiropractors call subluxation results in a
sense of well-being that allows patients to benefit more thoroughly from
the group therapy and medical care of addiction treatment."
"Chiropractic does not treat addiction -- it does not treat any
disease,'' Holder said. ``We're allowing those things that treat addiction
to be embraced more thoroughly.''
The participants were divided into three groups. One
group got the regular regime of addiction care. The second group got
"sham" adjustments, while the third group got actual
chiropractic adjustments to correct subluxations. The group with the
regular care and the sham chiropractic had a completion rate in the
program of only 74% and 56%. The group that received the chiropractic care
to correct subluxations showed a completion rate of 100%. The
implications of completion of a drug treatment program are very important
to preventing addicts from returning to drugs.