Acudetox is the use of acupuncture, a specialized needling treatment, to help those struggling with addiction. The treatment involves a certified practitioner placing needles in specific points around the ears to help balance the body’s energy. After the needles are placed, the patient relaxes quietly for 30-45 minutes.

Acudetox was first developed in 1974 by Dr. Michael Smith and was made into a formal protocol by the National Acupuncture Detox Association in 1985. Traditional Chinese acupuncture, from which acudetox is derived, has been around for thousands of years as a way of treating both mental and physical ailments. Acudetox is simply specialized ear acupuncture.

While acudetox cannot cure addiction on its own, it has been shown to make overall treatment more tolerable, and those who use acudetox in conjunction with other addiction treatments are more likely to continue with rehab. This therapeutic method is useful in reducing the pain associated with withdrawals and detoxification and can help alleviate uncomfortable symptoms. In addition, acudetox can help you feel calm and relaxed without using drugs or alcohol to achieve those feelings, giving you an alternative way to reach a natural, drug-free “high.” In turn, a calm and relaxed patient is one less likely to struggle with feelings of anxiety and depression. 

Acudetox is just one of the many therapeutic, holistic options we offer at Serenity Light Recovery to guide you on your journey to and through recovery.

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