Our counselors are trained and certified by the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA)


"Individuals trained through NADA apply up to five fine-gauge, sterilized, one-time use stainless steel needles just under the skin at designated points in each ear. The needles remain there 30-45 minutes. Ordinarily, groups of people sit together while undergoing the treatment. The procedure functions as an adjunct within a comprehensive treatment program that offers other therapeutic elements including counseling, education, family involvement, mutual support group involvement, and supportive medical health care. Clients in all types of treatment settings including inpatient, outpatient, incarcerated, shelters, harm reduction and street outreach can utilize this treatment. Among the benefits reported by both clients and clinicians are improved program retention, a more optimistic and cooperative attitude toward the process of recovery, as well as reductions in cravings, anxiety, sleep disturbance and need for pharmaceuticals.

The NADA protocol is also commonly referred to as: acudetox, acupuncture detoxification, five point ear acupuncture protocol, five point protocol, 5NP.

Beyond the actual needling treatment, a key element of the protocol specifies qualities of behavior and attitude on the part of the clinician, consistent with what is known as the Spirit of NADA."


All acudetox is free of charge to patients



Patients often have many questions about this particular therapeutic approach that we offer here.  Many people have never heard of it and aren’t aware of the beneficial effects that it can have during recovery.  Some people, when they hear that the approach involves acupuncture, are worried that it’s a very "new agey" technique that will probably hurt and won’t offer any real medically-proven results.  If you, too, are skeptical, then let me tell you a little more about this form of treatment.

AcuDetox: The Basics

AcuDetox is performed by a licensed specialist and it involves the placement of acupuncture needles in five points on each ear.  Once the needles are placed, clients sit for 30 to 45 minutes, quietly relaxing.


AcuDetox is also known as: 

acupuncture detoxification, auriculoacupuncture, auriculotherapy, ear acupuncture, and five-point ear acupuncture.


The needles we use are fine gauge, disposable, sterilized, and stainless steel.  

If you are afraid they might cause you pain, don’t worry—you’ll barely feel a quick prick as each needle enters your skin. 


Each of the five points in the ear corresponds to a specific point in the body.  

One affects the parasympathetic nervous system and the others affect the heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys.  By activating these points through acupuncture, your body will become more relaxed, while also becoming more effective at cleansing your system of any toxins.


The benefits of AcuDetox are numerous.  

Studies have shown that it can relieve withdrawal symptoms, reduce cravings, ease stress and anxiety, improve sleep, lessen depression, and alleviate aches and pains.  For more information about studies that have been conducted on the use of AcuDetox in the treatment of addictions, please visit the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association and search "evidence for the NADA protocol summary of research".


Is AcuDetox right for you?
We believe that our clients benefit from a varied, well-rounded approach to addiction treatment.  Including AcuDetox in our program has been extremely beneficial to many who have walked through our doors.  If you are on the fence about whether it might help you or if you have any questions, we would be happy to talk to you and answer any questions you might have.