Thursday, November 12, 2009

Acudetox at South Austin Community Acupuncture

South Austin Community Acupuncture is a sliding scale acupuncture clinic where treatments happen in a group setting. We are now now making acudetox treatments available for a flat $10 per session.

Acudetox treatment utilizes the National Association of Detoxification Acupuncture (or NADA) protocol developed by Dr. Michael Smith at the Lincoln Recovery Center in the Bronx. It is an extremely simple and effective treatment consisting of the insertion of five small acupuncture needles into points in each ear. It is used widely all over the world for all kinds of addictions, habituated behaviors, stress, and trauma.

One of the more salient features of the treatment is that it is a non-verbal therapy. You don’t have to talk about where you’ve been or what you are going through. Rather, you essentially do nothing. Hence the name: NADA (Spanish for nothing). In essence what happens in the treatment is you get to experience a few moments of inner peace. For most in recovery, this is a new experience – or at least one that has long since been obscured or forgotten. So the NADA treatment affords a glimpse of something we all possess innately inside ourselves.

We are separating the NADA treatments from our usual $15-$40 sliding scale acupuncture, and making them $10 because we want to make the process of getting acudetox treatments more straightforward, and because we want people to be able to get frequent treatments – which can be especially important early in the process of recovery.