What Is Laser Therapy To Quit Alcohol Cravings?

Laser therapy to quit alcohol cravings is a painless and safe treatment for reducing alcohol cravings and withdrawal symptoms.

Gentle laser light is applied by Lazer Dave using sophisticated European Laser Technolgoy to energy points on the face, ears, hands, and feet in order to naturally boost endorphins and break the cycle of alcohol addiction.






1399 Wellington St.

Call 613-722-3769 Text 613-703-8812

email  ww@physiocarephysiotherapy.com



289 Greenbank Rd.

Call 613-714-9495 Text 613-702-2668

email info@physiocarephysiotherapy.com



5035 Innovation Dr.

Call 613-254-5639 Text (613) 482-4167

email kanata@physiocarephysiotherapy.com


Meet Lazer Dave – Ottawa’s Laser Therapy Expert

As a Certified Laser Therapist, Dave Hanemaayer (a.k.a. “Lazer Dave) has 14+ years of clinical experience and a 90% success rate using laser to help people quit alcohol cravings and other forms of addiction.

The Lazer Dave Advantage logoLaser therapy is also known as low level laser therapy, LLLT, photobiomodulation therapy (PBM) and cold laser therapy.

Dave offers his in-clinic services from 3 Physiocare Physiotherapy locations in Ottawa including Westboro, Nepean and Kanata.

Want to know more personal stuff about Dave and his story? Check out the About Lazer Dave page.

Curious about Dave’s training and experience? Check out the Why Lazer Dave? page.




How The Ottawa Laser Solutions Program For Alcohol Works…

Quitting your addiction to alcohol begins with a strong desire for change.

Add laser therapy plus a few simple ground rules and then dramatically increase the chance of becoming addiction free:

  • Lowered cravings & withdrawal symptoms
  • No pharmaceuticals
  • Results just after one treatment

Laser Acupuncture Multiple Laser Diodes


Laser Therapy Is An Adjunct For Alcohol/Drug Addiction Treatment

Dave ALWAYS suggests continued consultation with your doctor and/or mental health professional regarding alcohol/drug addiction treatment, including any changes with medications. Laser therapy is an adjunct treatment protocol. Dave’s goal using laser is to promote a strong physiological response in the body for reducing the intensity of alcohol/drug addiction withdrawal symptoms and detoxification. He does not offer mental health/drug addiction counselling services and he is NOT a doctor.


About Alcohol Addiction…

Alcohol addiction, also known as alcoholism, is a disease that affects people of all walks of life. Experts have tried to pinpoint factors like genetics, sex, race, or socioeconomics that may predispose someone to alcohol addiction. But it has no single cause. Psychological, genetic, and behavioral factors can all contribute to having the disease.

It’s important to note that alcoholism is a real disease. It can cause changes to the brain and neurochemistry, so a person with an alcohol addiction may not be able to control their actions.

Alcohol addiction can show itself in a variety of ways. The severity of the disease, how often someone drinks, and the alcohol they consume varies from person to person. Some people drink heavily all day, while others binge drink and then stay sober for a while.

Some symptoms of alcohol addiction are:

  • increased quantity or frequency of use
  • high tolerance for alcohol, or lack of “hangover” symptoms
  • drinking at inappropriate times, such as first thing in the morning, or in places like church or work
  • wanting to be where alcohol is present and avoiding situations where there is none
  • changes in friendships; someone with an alcohol addiction may choose friends who also drink heavily
  • avoiding contact with loved ones
  • hiding alcohol, or hiding while drinking
  • dependence on alcohol to function in everyday life
  • increased lethargy, depression, or other emotional issues
  • legal or professional problems such as an arrest or loss of a job

As an addiction tends to get worse over time, it’s important to look for early warning signs. If identified and treated early, someone with an alcohol addiction may be able to avoid major consequences of the disease.


Dave’s Approach To Helping You Quit Alcohol Using Laser Therapy…

Most important is your desire to quit. Subsequently, Dave subscribes to a 2 step approach in helping people overcome alcohol cravings using laser therapy:


STEP ONE – Laser Therapy Treatment

Dave uses European Laser Technology – RJ Lasers from Germany.

Use laser therapy to treat various energy points on the face, ears, hands and feet to help break the physiological addiction to alcohol.


STEP TWO – Personalized Coaching

Second, address the psychological dependence to develop an addiction-free lifestyle. Simple ground rules can help increase the chances of you breaking your alcohol use habit in order to promote new and healthier behaviour patterns. This information is a supplement and not a replacement to a doctor’s or mental health professional’s guidance.


Benefits Of Laser Therapy To Quit Alcohol…

  • REDUCED CRAVINGS & WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS. Laser treatments can reduce your desire for alcohol, irritability, anxiety, insomnia, mild depression, agitation and other common symptoms associated with withdrawal.


  • SAVE MONEY. By utilizing laser to help quit a drug, you may recoup the cost of Dave’s Laser Therapy program quickly AND continue to save more money in the future.


  • PAINLESS. No needles are used to pierce the skin or tissues. Only gentle, low-intensity laser is applied over energy points.


  • SAFE. Contraindications, minor risks or potential side effects associated with laser therapy are minimal. Unlike most pharmaceutical solutions and other therapeutic options, laser therapy is non-toxic, non-invasive and very safe.


  • HIGH SUCCESS RATE. Dave utilizes the LAZER DAVE ADVANTAGE approach which has a 90% success rate in helping people to quit addictions like nicotine. Dave has 10+ years of clinical experience using laser therapy in his practice and completed 1,000s of treatments with successful outcomes for addiction, stress and pain.


  • INSTANT RESULTS AFTER FIRST TREATMENT. Many people report significant relief from their withdrawal symptoms and cravings for alcohol after just one treatment.


  • REDUCES STRESS. Laser therapy usually improves mood, reduces feelings of anxiety, depression and other negative emotional factors that affect a person’s stress levels.


  • LESS DEPENDENCE ON PHARMACEUTICALS. Laser can dramatically lessen your need for pharmaceutical drugs like anti-depressants, anti-anxiety medications and similar. Always consult with your family physician regarding any changes with medication.


  • INCREASED MOTIVATION. Because nicotine cravings and withdrawal symptoms often diminish quickly with laser therapy, many people report that they have more motivation to make other positive lifestyle changes after they quit (a healthier diet, more exercise, etc.).




What Happens Before My First Laser Treatment To Quit Alcohol?

You will be asked to complete an online health history form and be emailed ahead of time “Lazer Dave’s Guide to Quitting Alcohol/Drugs”.  This guide contains important preparation information and habit change suggestions that will maximize the chances of you successfully quitting for good. It is important that you follow as many of the recommendations as possible.

Please note: Lazer Dave’s Guide To Helping You Quit Alcohol, Cannabis & Drugs is NOT meant to be a replacement for professional drug counselling or mental health support services.


What To Expect On Your First Laser Treatment To Quit Drug Alcohol…

When you come for your first laser to quit alcohol with Lazer Dave, you will get comfortable by lying down on a comfortable treatment table while listening to relaxing music

Dave will explain the procedure to you and ask you to wear protective eyewear. Dave will use various laser devices to treat “acutherapy” points on the face, ears, arms, hands, lower legs and feet.

You may feel a slight warm or tingling sensation through your body. As the points are stimulated with the laser light, your body should begin to release endorphins and other powerful neuro-chemicals which promote a pleasant sense of relaxation.


What to Expect After Your First Laser Therapy Treatment To Quit Alcohol…

After your first laser therapy treatment for quitting alcohol you will likely feel more relaxed, calm, and best of all your cravings will likely have diminished. In addition to treating you with laser, Dave will also review behavioural modification practices and then schedule your second appointment (included with the program fee).

While many find positive results with 1-2 treatments, a small percentage may require additional “booster” treatments for longer term success depending on their individual circumstances.


Is There Scientific Research For Using Laser To Quit Alcohol?

Despite what the skeptics say about laser therapy, there is scientific evidence that supports the efficacy of stimulating energy points (acupuncture points) to help treat addiction for nicotine, alcohol and drug addiction.

Here is one example of a study on PubMed: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28621706


Is Laser Therapy Safe?

Any potential contraindications to treatment, risks or side effects are addressed by Dave based on your health history form information (filled out before your first appointment online). Unlike most pharmaceutical solutions and other therapeutic options, laser therapy is non-toxic, drug-free and non-invasive.


“I can’t believe how EASY it was to QUIT SMOKING using LASER THERAPY !”

K.S. from Kitchener


Are There Any Side Effects?

Negative side effects are very uncommon. Usually, patients report that they continue to feel relaxed and slept more than normal following treatment. Many are surprised at the ease in which they are able to better manage the alcohol withdrawal process utilizing laser therapy.


How Does Laser Therapy Help Me Quit Alcohol?

Low intensity laser is applied to specific energy points (acupuncture points) of the ears, head, neck, hands, and feet in order to stimulate the release of neurotransmitters such as dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins – which help to break the addiction cycle to alcohol and other drugs. 

The end goal is to drastically reduce cravings/withdrawal, giving you an edge to quit alcohol.

For more details on how laser therapy works, please proceed to the Laser Therapy Explained page.



Is Laser Therapy Painful?

No. Only gentle laser therapy light it utilized in your treatments. Most patients describe the treatment as extremely relaxing and pleasant. Some people feel no sensations, while others feel light pressure, tingling or a “heaviness” in their limbs.


How Many Laser Treatments Will I Need?

People utilizing Dave’s Quit Alcohol Laser Program receive the initial treatment plus an additional treatment (usable within 2 weeks of your initial appointment).

Thereafter, some people require additional treatments in order to achieve longer term success.

Quit Alcohol, Drugs and Addiction with Laser Therapy in Ottawa


How Much Do Treatments Cost?

The Quit Marijuana/Drugs Laser Program costs $250 (plus HST). This entitles clients to the initial treatment plus an additional treatment (useable within 2 weeks of the initial appointment). Subsequent “booster” treatments (if required) are $75 (plus HST).

Please note: a $50 deposit is required towards the total cost of the program. You will be asked to make this deposit during registration for the program. The deposit policy is 100% NON-NEGOTIABLE.


Why A $50 Deposit?

Lazer Dave is often asked: “why do you require a $50 deposit for your laser therapy programs?”.

The short answer is that Lazer Dave is interested in only treating clients who are seriously committed to quitting their addiction(s). A $50 deposit demonstrates serious commitment.

In addition, Lazer Dave’s deposit policy helps to preserve his high success rates and goodwill he has built up over the years offering this specialized service.


How Long Are Treatments?

Individual treatment duration is typically 45 minutes for the first time, 30-45 minutes for subsequent treatments.


Do I Stop Consuming Alcohol Before My First Treatment?

Dave recommends you consult with your doctor regarding how you discontinue consuming alcohol.


How Does Dave or Physiocare Bill For This Service?

Your receipt will display “Laser Quit Therapy Program”, performed by “Dave Hanemaayer, Certified Laser Therapist”.


Can I Consult With Dave?

Lazer Dave asks that you please read over this page as most frequently asked questions (FAQ) are answered here.

If you still wish to do a consult with Dave – no problem! Feel free to Call/text him at 613-854-6969 or email at dave@ottawalasersolutions.com.



Laser Dave’s Guide To Quitting Alcohol, Cannabis & Drugs

Custom designed suggestions and strategies

Initial laser treatment

One follow-up treatment (useable within 2 weeks of initial)






1399 Wellington St.

Call 613-722-3769 Text 613-703-8812

email  ww@physiocarephysiotherapy.com



289 Greenbank Rd.

Call 613-714-9495 Text 613-702-2668

email info@physiocarephysiotherapy.com



5035 Innovation Dr.

Call 613-254-5639 Text (613) 482-4167

email kanata@physiocarephysiotherapy.com



Serving the laser therapy quit alcohol needs of the greater Ottawa area including Kanata, Nepean, Gatineau, Gleeb, Barrhaven, Manotick, Stittsville, Arnprior, Whitelake, Pakenham, Mississippi Mills, Carleton Place, Goulbourn, Carp, Dunrobin, Perth, Smiths Falls, Kingston and surrounding areas.