Rehabilitative treatment of mempry impairment in drug eddicts and alcoholics with auricular acupuncture

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The main goal of the current research was to assess memory impairment via learning curves and its restoration during the process of rehabilitative treatment of drug addicted and alcoholic patients with auricular acupuncture. We applied a standard transfer function in the form Y = ВЗ x exp(-B2x(X-1)) + B4 x (1 -exp{-B2x(X-1 ))), where X is the trial number; Y is the number of recalled correct words, B2 is the learning rate, B3 is readiness to learn and B4 is ability to learn. Readiness and ability to learn was lower in drug addicts and alcoholics in comparison with the same measures in healthy participants. Auricular acupuncture led to a pronounce improvement in memory performance and restored values of readiness and ability to learn up to normal ones. Thus, auricular acupuncture can serve as an effective tool in restorative treatment of memory impairment in drug addicts and alcoholics in addition to pharmacotherapy.

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