What is Acudetox?

AcuDetox is a branch of acupuncture that uses 5 points on each ear.  Most people are familiar with reflexology and the concept of accessing the whole body through related points on the feet.  The ear is used in the same way with what is known as auricular acupuncture.  AcuDetox focuses on the points in the ear that mostly affected by stress, trauma, addiction and addictive behaviors.  These 5 sites are the lung, kidney and liver and 2 points that regulate the sympathetic nervous system and improve quality of sleep.

Also known as the NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Assocation), it was developed at  Lincoln Recovery a part of the Department of Psychiatry at the Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx during the 70s.  It was started as the only outpatient detox program at that time and as an alternative to methadone treatment.  Dr Richard Taft and Dr Michael Smith worked on the protocol to develop a non chemical treatment for withdrawal.

Over the years as it has been used across the world, it has been found to be beneficial for a broader range of application.  It has been used successfully:

  • to support mental health
  • as a drug free treatment for ADD
  • as a non verbal treatment for trauma release of all kinds
  • in communities for disaster relief
  • support for weight loss programs

“The NADA protocol (Acudetox) is a way to provide a healing meditative experience for people who don’t have enough ego strength to take themselves to a yoga class or practice meditation.  But they gain the same skill, animal skill, of quieting the mind and through this repeated process , begin to gently cultivate self worth that then inspires other change in their life.” Dr. Michael Smith

Typical benefits across the board are:

  • reduced cravings for alcohol and drugs including nicotine
  • minimized withdrawal symptoms
  • increased calmness, better sleep and less agitation
  • stress relief and increased general well being
  • an easier connection with counseling and guidance
  • a discovery of inner quiet and strength

Meet the Therapist

Habibah Gordon

Life is always confronting us with challenges. Some we deal with easily, some really throw us. Some seem to be repeat performances of the same stuff.

Sometimes we feel stuck in the way we think and act, and need help in making changes that will move us towards having a more fulfilling life.

Choosing to work on yourself and your “stuff” can be a very positive experience. It can leave you feeling calm, balanced and upbeat rather than anxious, tired and drained.

The methods I use, instead of focusing on what’s supposedly ‘wrong’ with you, work with you in order to work for you:

  • Specialised Kinesiology
  • Cranio Sacral Therapy
  • Tension and Trauma Release Exercises
  • Acudetox

My role is to:

  • Create a safe space for you to discover where you’re stuck.
  • Help you to become unstuck by teaching you practical tools to make positive changes in your life.
  • Encourage and support you on your healing journey towards self acceptance and appreciation.

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