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Subluxation Based Chiropractic Care in the Management of Cocaine Addiction:  A Case Report

Jay M. Holder, DC, CAP, DACACD Bio & Brandon E. Shriner, BS Bio

Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ February 2, 2012 ~ Pages 8-17


Objective:  This is a case study of a 63 year old male free base and crack cocaine addict who was court mandated to the Exodus Addiction Treatment Center for residential addiction treatment following a conviction for cocaine possession along with a record of multiple felony arrests over a 40 year period.

Clinical Features:  The failed to retain recovery or successfully complete eleven previous medical model/disease concept residential addiction treatment programs for free base and crack cocaine addiction.  A comprehensive case history, psychosocial, neurological and addiction assessments, along with chiropractic examinations were performed. Vertebral subluxations were detected after chiropractic examination.

Intervention and Outcomes:  Torque Release Technique (a non-linear tonal model), P300 Wave testing, EMG, thermography and residential addiction treatment were combined for evaluation and application of care.  Adjustments were performed with the Integrator adjusting instrument and were limited to Primary Subluxation.  P300 Wave testing was performed with the Enigma P300.

Conclusions:  Although subluxation based chiropractic care is not recognized as the main course of treatment for addiction, it is postulated that improvement of spinal neural integrity and neural dopaminergic pathway efficiency through chiropractic adjustments may contribute to improved homeostasis, Brain Reward Cascade and Reward Deficiency Syndrome thus allowing the body to express a greater state of well-being and human potential as an outcome.  Additional outcomes such as increased addiction treatment retention rates and decreases in relapse are also postulated after combining non-linear tonal chiropractic care with standard addiction treatment and behavior modification.

Key Words:  Torque Release Technique (TRT), Integrator, Enigma P300, P300 Wave, Chiropractic, Primary Subluxation, Vertebral Subluxation, Brain Reward Cascade (BRC), Addiction Treatment, Cocaine Addiction, EMG, Thermography, Cranio-spinal Meningeal Functional Unit, Reward Deficiency Syndrome (RDS). 

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