Addiction treatment. PAN is the use of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oxygen to successfully treat addiction. This treatment is unique in S.A. Medical History being the first therapy officially recognised by the medical authorities, which had been wholly theorised, researched and established in S.A. without overseas input. The addiction treatment with PAN is supported by over 150 scientific publications on the PAN therapy in prominent scientific journals including BMJ, Lancet and American Journal of Medicine. These publications include a seminal monograph (Nitrous oxide and neurotransmission, New York: Nova Scientific, 2012) and teaching presentation (available on CD or by direct download). For details on how to obtain the book or training presentation contact Prof Mark Gillman: below Many thousands of patients both nationally and internationally have already benefited. Although counselling, support groups and other interventions are extremely important, these alone are often insufficient to break the physical and psychological dependence on drugs such as alcohol, cannabis (dagga), benzodiazepines (Valium, Librium, etc.), cocaine, heroin, methaqualone (Mandrax) and nicotine. Withdrawal symptoms and craving following abstinence from these drugs weakens the will of even the strongest person trying to ‘kick’ the habit, making them very susceptible to relapse. On average, 90% of substance abusers relapse and begin reusing within days or months of being detoxified (i.e. removal of offending drug from the patient’s system); largely due to craving. These repeated detoxifications put great pressure on already overcrowded and overstretched public hospitals. The PAN treatment offers a medically proven, cost-effective and safe tool for breaking the cycle of addiction. Those treated with PAN can continue being economically and socially active, while actually receiving treatment. The care-givers, who often themselves are discouraged by relapses, and the community, will have a powerful, readily available and accessible means of combating substance abuse and relapse prevention. PAN has an unequalled safety record and can be used over the short period needed absolutely safely. A trained nurse using PAN can treat patients inexpensively as outpatients, without direct physician supervision, avoiding costly hospital admissions. Apart from substance abuse, she/he can also undertake minor surgical procedures. The necessary equipment is commercially available and can be installed within days. A new site can be fully operational within 6 weeks of equipment installation.
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