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Accudetox as a form of treatment which is adopted by the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) for the use of acupuncture in the fields of addictions and behavioural health.


The scope of conditions that non-acupuncturist ADSes may treat is limited to those that are related to addictions and behavioural health treatment, including:

  • Detoxification

  • Withdrawal

  • Emotional Trauma

  • Craving

  • Stress Syndromes

  • Relapse Prevention

  • Rehabilitation and Recovery Maintenance.  


  • Acudetox involves the gentle placement of five small, sterilized, disposable stainless-steel needles in specific sites on each ear of a client undergoing treatment.

  • The recipients sit quietly in a group setting for 30-45 minutes.

  • Treatment is offered frequently, even daily if possible, initially.

  • The treatment is a non-verbal process with minimal interaction between client and provider.

  • The treatment benefit is immediate, tangible and apparent even to someone entering the treatment center for the first time, and can be provided as an initial treatment intervention before clients have developed a relationship with the counselling staff.

  • Accudetox has been shown to significantly decrease cravings for alcohol and drugs, withdrawal symptoms, relapse episodes, anxiety, insomnia and agitation.

  • Accudetox often helps participants become relaxed and more comfortable with their own thoughts, enabling them to experience a sense of “letting go” of tensions and apprehensions, and supporting quiet participation in a group setting with others who are involved in the process of recovery.

  • Accudetox facilitates relationshiop with self and others.

  • Accudetox is effective regardless of the client’s level of motivation and tends to increase the client’s readiness and willingness to participate in treatment.

  • Accudetox improves the effectiveness of other program components.

  • Acupuncture needles don’t put anything into the client, rather they remind the client of what he or she already has.

  • Acudetox opens up possibilities on the body, mind and spirit levels.

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