Smokers try new option to quit for good

By: Amy Lipman Email
By: Amy Lipman Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. While people begin working on their New Year's resolutions, smokers are turning to a less traditional method to kick their addictions.

Auriculotherapy uses electrical stimulation on certain points of the outer ear to eliminate the physical addiction to nicotine.

"I don't feel like I would need that now," said 30 year smoker Mike Rathbone after undergoing the treatment. "I'm not stressed. I'm pretty relaxed, pretty easy going. I'll be a little more chatty and jovial than I was before. I can feel it already."

A ten minute treatment at DC Stop Smoking has helped 85% of patients quit for good.

"We had a young man call and say I just wanted to call and let you know that I just finished a five mile walk with my dog," said Cherlyn McGhee, an auriculotherapist at DC Stop Smoking. "You treated me about five months ago and I'm doing all the things I couldn't do before when I was smoking."

Auriculotherapy eliminates the body's physical addiction to nicotine, but smokers do have a mental habit as well.

Auriculotherapists teach stress management techniques and tell patients to focus on why they want to quit to make their lives smoke free permanently.

"This is the year I'm a quitter," Rathbone said.

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