NADA acupuncture, also referred to as Acudetox or Acuwellness, is a specific type of auricular (ear) acupuncture originally developed for people experiencing withdrawal from substance abuse. In recent years, the technique has grown to benefit a wide variety of experiences. Our therapists are certified by the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) to gently place five small, sterilized, disposable needles on specific points on the ear. Research and our previous clients report it helps with -
Reducing cravings for alcohol, drugs, and nicotine
Minimizing withdrawal symptoms from substance abuse
Increasing a sense of calmness and stress relief
Enhancing one's openness and connection to the therapy process
Improving sleep challenges
NADA acupuncture groups are a weekly 50 minute session that includes a waiver signing process, brief pre-/post-questionnaire about your experience, 30 minutes of stillness with the needles inserted (calming music provided if desired), and ongoing support from a therapist as needed.
If needles are out of your comfort zone or triggering, we also have a non-needle approach to this technique. It involves taking small seeds stuck to medical tape and placing them on similar points on the ear. These seeds can be left on for up to five days. People often report the same benefits from this treatment as compared to the treatment with needles.
While risks are minimal, sometimes an individual may experience redness, itching, and warmth at the needle insertion point. If you experience any discomfort during the session, please let your therapist know ASAP as they are trained to manage these situations.
While rare, some people have reported dizziness and fainting. We ask that you hydrate well before, during, and after the session to prevent any of these rare side effects.
For more information on NADA acupuncture, go here.